January 30, 2022 at 6:34 p.m.
Parents: Curt Oeltjenbruns and Mary Buck
West Concord, Minnesota
2 milking cows, 175 dairy heifers
and 150 dairy steers
Senior at Kenyon-Wanamingo High School
Questions for employer:
Tell us your favorite experience of working with your son. The experience of watching his abilities grow and watching how he interacts with the animals.
What qualities does your son have that benefit the farm? Buck is self-motivated, has a get-it-done attitude and is open to learn new things.
Questions for youth:
What are your responsibilities on the farm? I milk my two show cows, help feed calves, clean and bed cattle pens, haul manure, assist with A.I., help with herd health, repair and maintain the equipment, and help with the crop work from tillage to planting, spraying and haying.
When did you begin helping on the farm? I was always outside with one of my parents assisting them how I could, and as I grew, it became natural for me to be doing more farm work.
How has working on the farm shaped your character? I have learned the importance of taking responsibility.
What do you love most about farm life? I enjoy all of farm life, except the bitter cold. I like doing field work, and it is rewarding to work with all the cattle. My favorite is working with my show cattle.
What is one thing you have learned from working alongside your parents? Keep faith in the tough times and be thankful.
What are your future plans? I am doing Post Secondary Enrollment Options through South Central College in Mankato for the agricultural service technician program; it is a two-year program. I want to work into the family farm and use my mechanical knowledge to benefit the farm. While we are growing the farm, I will need to have off-farm employment, but my true desire is to farm.
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