June 28, 2021 at 1:41 p.m.
Family: My husband, Jeff, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three sons – Josh, Adam and Michael. Josh is married to Jennifer, and they have three boys – Tyson, 9, Noah, 5, and Evan, 2. Adam is married to Hannah, and they have two children – Estelle, 7, and Ezra, 22 months.
Tell us about your farm. We purchased our farm 37 years ago. We have free stalls and milk 90 cows in a 34-stanchion barn. We have been transitioning out of heifers and are strictly breeding with Angus. We are raising all of the Angus to market weight. Our sons have off-the-farm jobs but help with cropping, harvesting and day-to-day chores.
What is the busiest time of day for you? Mornings and evenings. I feed the calves and some of the steers and then milk cows. There is always something to do between milkings as well.
When you get a spare moment, what do you do? I like to garden and do crafts. I also try to bake something at least once a week.
Tell us about your most memorable experience working on the farm. Our son got married in our barn in 2012. We had so many family, neighbors and friends come on the Fourth of July to help set up for the wedding July 7. It meant a lot to us that everyone pitched in to make their day special. Then, one month later, we were packing hay bales in that same barn and the floor collapsed. My son had drove out with the skidloader, and I finished feeding there. We lost five animals. We were able to fix most of it ourselves with the help of the same family and neighbors.
What have you enjoyed most about dairy farming or your tie to the dairy industry? I would say being able to raise our sons on the dairy farm is what I have enjoyed most. I see how they have grown to be responsible men.
How do you stay connected with others in the industry? I belong to a Facebook group – Dairy Moms – that consists of women in the dairy industry. If you have any questions or concerns about animals or anything on the farm, someone has an answer or suggestion.
Who is someone in the industry who has inspired you? My husband. I didn’t grow up on a farm, so everything I have learned over the years, he has mostly taught me.
If you could give a tour of your farm to a prominent woman in today’s society, who would it be? There isn’t any single woman in today’s society that sticks out. Everyone should experience what is involved in the process of a dairy farm. From what it takes to put a crop in, to harvesting, to raising a calf, to milking a cow.
What is the best vacation you have ever taken? We don’t take a vacation, but we do try to take a day away from the farm. When the kids were young, we would take them to Noah’s Ark for the day.
What are some words you like to live by? Just let it go. You can’t change what is in the past.
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