July 12, 2021 at 1:08 p.m.

Women in Dairy: Danielle Kuehne

Danielle Kuehne
Warren, Illinois
Jo Daviess County
31 cows
Family: This farm would not be able to run if it wasn’t for family. Aunt Cindy runs all the machines. I take care of the cows and barn. My 11-year-old son takes care of all calves and heifers.
Tell us about your farm. The Bausman Farm has been running for five generations. It is a small 36-stall tiestall barn, with about 70 head total, with a mixture of Holsteins, Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns and a couple of mixed breeds. We milk twice a day. We feed grain, corn silage and hay. The house on the farm used to be the old cheese factory at the end of the road. It was moved to the property and turned into the family farmhouse.  
What is the busiest time of day for you? My days are not that busy here. It’s really what seasons are the busiest. That would be hay making time. Those are the days where we are up and outside all day until all chores are done and hay is made.
When you get a spare moment, what do you do? I love taking a walk with the cows or spending time down by the creek listening to all the different sounds of nature.
Tell us about your most memorable experience working on the farm. My most memorable time on the farm was when my calf, Lucky Charm, was born. She had a very rough start to life. Her mom wanted nothing to do with her and would not clean her. Right from the beginning, I became her mama. She couldn’t lay correctly or walk. I had to hold her up in my lap for bottles and to get her used to standing. I made her a swing that would hold her up and let her feet hit the ground but not take on all her weight. I worked with her for over two months trying to get her to lay correctly and stand. I was not sure if all my hard work was working until one day I had her on my lap drinking her bottle and she stopped drinking, looked over at me and took her first steps on her own. I was over-the-moon happy. She has been my sidekick ever since. She had her first calf and she gave me a little heifer that I named Matilda.
What have you enjoyed most about dairy farming or your tie to the dairy industry? I enjoy every day out on the farm. Being with the animals and running the farm has been my dream ever since I was a little girl and I came to the farm for the first time. My aunt, Cindy, was the one who introduced me to dairy farming. Everything I know is because of her. She made my dream come true when she asked me to help run the farm six years ago. I owe all my happiness here on the farm to my aunt.
How do you stay connected with others in the industry? I am part of many Facebook groups. They are what I turn to when I come across something I am not too sure of. I look to them for support. One group that stands out the most to me is Dairy Moms. They are the greatest group of women I know. They help each other in all ways of life. They were my biggest supporter when Lucky Charm was born.
Who is someone in the industry who has inspired you? I have had a few family members who had dairy farms throughout the family tree, but the one person I look up to the most is Aunt Cindy. She showed me that anyone can do anything. All you have to do is keep moving forward. Always learn from your mistakes. Most of all, she showed me to never give up or walk away.
If you could give a tour of your farm to a prominent woman in today’s society, who would it be and why? I can’t think of just one specific woman, but I think everyone should have a chance to see what all goes on at a farm.
What is the best vacation you have ever taken? My best vacation would have to be when Aunt Bonnie and my mom took my sister and me to Universal Studios. We made little stops along the way. It was great because we got to spend time with one another. What made it memorable was my mom is scared of roller coasters and of heights, but she rode everything with us just once even with my hidden plan to make her ride up front.
What are some words you like to live by? Never give up. Always look for the good in things. Happy cows equal a happy life.


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