Emma Bangart explains the milking robot at her family’s dairy farm near Stratford, Wisconsin. Bangart helps fetch cows as part of her chores.
Emma Bangart explains the milking robot at her family’s dairy farm near Stratford, Wisconsin. Bangart helps fetch cows as part of her chores. PHOTO BY DANIELLE NAUMAN
Emma Bangart
Parents: Rick and Peggy Bangart
Bangart Farms LLC
Stratford, Wisconsin
Marathon County
120 cows
Senior at Marshfield High School
17 years old

Tell us your favorite experience of your daughter helping with chores. During the summer, when Emma is home from school, she is always willing to help on herd health day. She enjoys helping with record keeping by taking over the clipboard for pregnancy checking. She expresses an interest in the health and well-being of the herd.

What qualities does your daughter have that benefit the farm? She is kind of a perfectionist. When it comes to doing a task, we know it is going to get done properly.

What are your responsibilities on the farm? My responsibilities on the farm include feeding calves, scraping heifer pens, and helping with vaccinations and herd health. I also run cows that did not milk in the past 12 hours or completely milk out on all quarters into our two DeLaval robots. I complete registration papers and care for the daily needs of my own small herd of Red and White Holsteins on the farm. During the school year, I only help with evening chores, but in the summer, I help with both morning and evening chores.

When did you begin helping on the farm? I began helping my grandma feed calves when I was 6 years old. I began working with my grandma to pass the time while my parents milked the cows, resulting in my newfound love for the newborn calves. I started with simple tasks such as preparing feed buckets, feeding bottles and providing fresh water to the calves each night. I eventually took on more tasks as I got older.

How do you balance school, extracurricular activities and farm chores? I am involved in both 4-H and FFA, holding numerous officer positions throughout my years. I am also a member of the National Honor Society and Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. I am employed at a veterinary clinic where I work for a couple of hours after school before coming home for evening chores. I am able to balance school and work by planning ahead. I know when I am going to work or when a meeting will be, so then I schedule around chores.

How has working on the farm shaped your character? Living and working on a farm has taught me perseverance. It has taught me to have compassion and resilience. No matter how challenging a task is, I have learned that I must push through and complete the job, both on and off my family’s farm.

What do you love most about farm life? I love watching the birth of a newborn calf. Something so ordinary causes a rush of excitement in me as the newborn calf takes its first breath. It is so rewarding to pull a live calf after the cow had a difficult calving.

What is one thing you have learned from working alongside your parents? I have learned the value of hard work and determination from my parents. Their work ethic inspires me to work harder each and every day. It is this value of determination that they have instilled in me that will allow me to achieve my goals.

What are your future plans? I plan on attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the fall of 2022, majoring in dairy science. I aspire to one day become a large animal veterinarian.