February 27, 2023 at 3:54 p.m.

Kids Corner: The Howes

The Howe family – Jaren and Tammy and their children Tanner (from left), Taylor and Austin – gather together Feb. 17 at their farm near Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Howes milk 85 cows.  PHOTO BY GRACE JEURISSEN
The Howe family – Jaren and Tammy and their children Tanner (from left), Taylor and Austin – gather together Feb. 17 at their farm near Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Howes milk 85 cows. PHOTO BY GRACE JEURISSEN

Austin Howe    
12 years old
Sixth grade

 

When do you do chores and what chores do you do? I do chores whenever I’m not at school. I help with milking cows and the morning chores (bedding and liming cows, cleaning out the gutter, picking up feed, etc.). At night, I help with graining heifers, milking cows, bedding pens and taking care of my chickens.

What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite is milking cows, because I get to see all of the cows and how much they are milking. My least favorite chore is bedding cows in the morning, because you get straw everywhere, and it’s super itchy.

Do you have a favorite animal on your farm? Yes, my cow Suzette. She’s my favorite because she’s older than me by one month. She milks really good, and we have a lot of really nice daughters out of her.

What is your favorite subject in school? To be honest, I’d rather be at the farm. But my favorite time during the day is lunch, because I can talk with my friends.

Tell us about something you have recently learned in school. In social studies, we’re learning about our county. It’s been cool to learn that McLeod County is one of the top counties in our state with the most farms. We looked up old pictures of our farm, and it was cool to see what our farm looked like in 1950. We’ve changed a lot of things since then.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A dairy farmer with really good chickens!

What is your favorite dairy treat? All of them. If I had to pick, yogurt would be my favorite.

What do you like to do on the farm during the winter? Not a lot; it’s too cold. I like farming in the summer. Pushing snow with the skid loader is fun.

 

Tanner Howe    
10 years old
Fifth grade

When do you do chores and what chores do you do? I mainly do chores at night and on the weekends when I’m not at school. I help feed chickens, I grain the heifers at night, I feed calves (mainly on the weekends), I help milk cows at night, I help my dad bed pens, and I help vaccinate and magnet our custom-raised heifers.

What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite is graining calves because it’s something I can do on my own, and it goes pretty fast. My least favorite chore is bedding calf hutches, because it seems like they always need bedding when it’s either really hot outside or really cold, and I just want to get it done.

Do you have a favorite animal on your farm? Yes, Torro the steer, because he is a Holstein crossed with Charolais. He’s not like any other cows we have on the farm. Plus, he’ll taste really good when he’s older.

What is your favorite subject in school? Recess, because then I can play football with my buddies.

Tell us about something you have recently learned in school. In science, we’re learning about Newton’s laws. We just finished that unit.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An NFL player or a welder/taxidermist.

What is your favorite dairy treat? Fairlife chocolate milk.

What do you like to do on the farm during the winter? I like to push up feed, because it’s warm in the barn.

 

 

Taylor Howe    
7 years old
First grade

When do you do chores and what chores do you do? I help with chores on the weekends mostly. I feed calves, push up feed, post dip cows and help feed chickens.

What is your favorite and least favorite chore? My favorite is pushing up feed, because I like feeding the cows. My least favorite chore is feeding calves, because it takes a long time, and it’s cold outside.

Do you have a favorite animal on your farm? My favorite animals on the farm are our kittens. We have a lot of cats on the farm, and I like pet them because they are so soft.

What is your favorite subject in school? Reading is my favorite thing to do in school. I like to know what happens in the stories we read.

Tell us about something you have recently learned in school. In math, we’re learning to add really big numbers. It makes me feel really smart that I can add big numbers.

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a doctor when I grow up. I want to help people get better.

What is your favorite dairy treat? Ice cream is my favorite. I love all of the different flavors – chocolate, vanilla, and cookies and cream are my favorites.

What do you like to do on the farm during the winter? I like to go sledding down the big hills in the pasture in the winter.


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