September 5, 2017 at 3:32 p.m.
Dairy Profile: Tom Kummet
Pierz, Minn. (Morrison County) 38 cows
How did you get into farming? I rented for four years at two different places then got this place in 1990. I grew up on a dairy farm, my older brother farms there now.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced since you started dairying and how did you overcome it? Dealing with the ups and downs of the milk prices, especially this year with the feed prices going up. We try to save money on the good milk prices and ride it through.
What advice would you give other dairy farmers? Stay positive, especially through the tough times. Ride it through, it will get better.
What has been your biggest accomplishment while dairy farming? We have our farm paid for. It's a super feeling knowing it's yours.
What is your favorite thing to do on the farm? Milking, it's not so stressful. It's not work when you're milking and listening to the Twins.
What is your favorite dairy product? Chocolate milk.
What is your favorite tool? Vice-grip.
What are your plans for the dairy in the next five years? We're going to keep paying off the buildings and put money away.
Tell us about a skill you possess that has made dairy farming easier for you. I'm good with handling and working with cattle. I'd rather do that than the fieldwork.
If you won a trip to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I would make a visit to all the Major League Baseball stadiums.
Would you rather do chores for a month in -20 degree weather or 90 degrees with high humidity? I'd rather work in 90 degrees with high humidity. So much can break down in the cold.
What do you like to do in your free time? Watch my kids play sports.[[In-content Ad]]
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