Corey Groshens
Grove City, Minnesota
Meeker County
40 cows

How did you get into farming? I started working for neighbors when I was in high school. I started milking here 30 years after the barn was empty. I was partners with Don Witte by Atwater for six years. Then, I started renting the land on this farm during that time. The owners asked me if I wanted to fix up the barn and come milk here. I’ll be here 14 years this fall.

What are your thoughts and concerns about the dairy industry for the next year? One major concern is the wild milk price. It was $12 last month, and now we’re looking at $21 next month. I’m wondering when the next downswing in price will be.

What is the latest technology you implemented on your farm and the purpose for it? When I bought a TMR mixer. When I first started, I was component feeding then I switched to a TMR. Milk production increased from that change.

What cost-saving steps have you implemented during the low milk price? I haven’t bought any new equipment. I’m waiting to see how things go. I’ve held back on trading in any equipment.

Tell us about a skill you possess that makes dairy farming easier for you. Watching cows. I’m able to tell if they are coming down with milk fever or other sickness after they freshen.

What do you enjoy most about dairy farming? Working for myself and being able to set my own schedule.

What advice would you give other dairy farmers? Always ask for advice. If you want to change something or try something new, talk to people. That’s how I learned to do things. I learned a lot from my former partner. He was a good dairyman. He had an eye for cows.   

What has been the best purchase you have ever made on your farm? The farm itself. I bought this farm three years ago. I was renting it.

What has been your biggest accomplishment while dairy farming? Starting on my own farm having not grown up on a farm.  

What are your plans for your dairy in the next year and five years? The next year, I might try to improve some of the heifer facilities. I’d like to add on to the cattle shed. It needs new cement to be poured out in the lot. In five years, I would like to build a new machine shed. I built a heated shop last summer with help from my brother.

How do you and your family like to spend time when you are not doing chores? We spend a lot of time out in the garden. It’s 80 feet by 125 feet. Half is flowers and then a lot of vegetables. My wife, Michelle, likes to take the kids to the lake. We like being outside.