Owen Rosga pitches hay to the youngstock Aug. 30 on Scott Lee’s farm near Elroy, Wisconsin. 
PHOTO BY ABBY WIEDMEYER
Owen Rosga pitches hay to the youngstock Aug. 30 on Scott Lee’s farm near Elroy, Wisconsin. PHOTO BY ABBY WIEDMEYER
Owen Rosga
Employer: Scott Lee
Elroy, Wisconsin
Juneau County
60 cows
Royall High School
16 years old

Questions for employer:
Tell us your favorite experience of working with Owen. It’s just nice to have help. It’s so hard to find kids who want to work. I especially appreciate that he feeds the calves and youngstock.

What qualities does Owen have that benefit the farm? He has excellent tractor driving skills. I didn’t have to teach him much of that at all. And, he has a good work ethic.

Questions for youth:
What are your responsibilities on the farm? I help milk the cows, feed calves, feed the steers and help with fieldwork. I do a little bit of everything.

When did you begin helping on the farm? I started in May because I always wanted to work on a dairy farm. I had heard from other people that Scott was fun to work for, and I enjoy it.

How has working on the farm shaped your character? Milking makes me happier than just cropping because there is more to do on a dairy farm.

What do you love most about farm life? Being outside working.

What is one thing you have learned from working alongside your employer? How to milk cows, how to fix some stuff like fencing and a lot of nutrition like what everyone gets fed.  

What are your future plans? I hope to farm and probably have a side job, something like a heavy equipment operator.