April 12, 2021 at 2:19 p.m.

Women In Dairy: Becky Moorse

Becky Moorse
Minneota, Minnesota
Lyon County
100 cows
Family: Husband, Greg, children Brittany, Grant and his wife, Denaca, Garrett, Gared, Grady and Brooke.
Tell us about your farm. We farm and milk cows with Greg’s brother, Bernie. We also raise corn, oats, wheat, alfalfa and soybeans. Garrett has started to farm with us. He has a registered herd of dairy goats also. Brittany feeds the calves at the dairy. We keep all of our calves. We raise our heifers for replacements and the steers to finish. Grady attends classes at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown but is home every weekend to help.
What is the busiest time of day for you? Our busiest time of the day is right away in the morning. Everyone gets going to feed, milk and get ready for school. I work at Runnings in Canby, so I have to be to work early so I am also up and moving.
When you get a spare moment, what do you do? When I get a spare moment, I like to go to that boutique where I help. I also have an investment of Hey Dude shoes that I sell there. I also help Garrett with the goats. Gared lives in Brookings, South Dakota, so sometimes I run over after work and visit him. Gared works for Genex and has certain dairies he services. He puts in long hours, so he doesn’t get home very often.
Tell us about your most memorable experience working on the farm. My favorite memories of working on the farm are when we had all the 4-H kids over. We would lease animals to 15 kids every year. At one point, all of them were over and we would have mock 4-H shows. It was always fun to have them compete against each other.
What have you enjoyed most about dairy farming or your tie to the dairy industry? I enjoy visiting with other dairy farmers and keeping up with what is going on with them and their farms. With my job, I get to visit with a lot of farmers. I can always pick out the dairy farmers, both current and former. They seem to have a different work ethic than the other farmers. I have always enjoyed new calves being born. God gives us a miracle every time one is born, even if it’s not born alive which seldom happens.
How do you stay connected with others in the industry? I enjoy reading about other dairies. And as I stated before, I visit with the customers at our store. We have dairy farmers and heifer raisers and calf raisers that all come in, and I try to help them as much as possible.
Who is someone in the industry who has inspired you? I guess I have to start with where I was raised. My stepdad was Willie Fredllund. He was very involved in the Minnesota Holstein Association. He had many friends who are still involved. Many of them I still see or talk to on occasion.
If you could give a tour of your farm to a prominent woman in today’s society, who would it be? I’m not really sure who to give a tour to. It seems like most people have forgotten about the farmer. We have given tours to many people who aren’t famous, and it seems to have a bigger impact on them than it does on anyone else.
What is the best vacation you have ever taken? The best vacation I’ve ever taken was to Washington with my husband two years ago. We stayed with our best friends. They took us to many different places, and we were able to see Gary Farms. We also saw the ocean and toured Seattle. We never went on a honeymoon, so after 27 years of marriage, that was our honeymoon.
What are some words you like to live by? Judge animals, not people.


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