Cassie Bohnert
Cassie Bohnert
Cassie Bohnert
13 years old
Eighth grade
When do you do chores, and what chores do you? I take care of weaned calves behind my house every day, and I do various miscellaneous chores all day long. Different tasks, like move the cows to and from the parlor, rake freestalls, vaccinate heifers, feed baby calves, move calves and haul round bales and much more.
What are your favorite and least favorite chores? My favorite chore on the farm is definitely vaccinating dry cows and heifers. I love running the clipboard or giving shots. My least favorite chore is watering calves. It is an important chore, but I do not like dragging the hose out and filling up every single water bucket.
Do you have a favorite animal on your farm? My 5-year-old Jersey, Gillie, who is a Metallica, milking 96.4 pounds of milk and peaking at 104.2 pounds. I have shown Gillie ever since she was a fall heifer calf, and she was raised to 92 points.
What is your favorite subject in school? Math; it comes easier than other subjects to me.
What is something you have done academically while distance learning? I do my class work after morning chores every day during the week. Every day I have math, science, social studies, language arts assignments and gym. Although, my gym teacher says that much of the farm work I do qualifies as gym class.
What do you do want to be when you grow up? I either want to be a dairy farmer or a veterinarian when I grow up. The vets come to our farm every two weeks, and I love helping out on herd health day, giving shots to open cows.
If you had your own farm, what would it look like? I want to have a 500-plus head Jersey farm. It would have two freestall barns and eight groups of cows: fresh cows, dry cows, 2-year-old pen, confirmed pregnant group, cows that need to be bred pen, hospital and a bed pack pen for all the pre-fresh cows. Additionally, I will have a big heifer barn for all heifers from weaned to breeding age and a calf house for all the newborn calves up to weaning that can hold 80 calves. Finally, I will have a double-16 rapid-exit parlor to milk all of the cows three times a day in.
What is your favorite dairy treat? Ice cream and thinly sliced Swiss cheese.
What is your favorite thing to do on the farm during the spring? Take care of the calves when they are born. I have even tubed a newborn that I couldn’t get to drink. I help with running the barn and overseeing the maternity barn when the guys are in the field.

Jacob Bohnert
9 years old
Fourth grade
When do you do chores, and what chores do you? I do chores morning and night, caring for my 4-H heifers. I also have been helping out quite a bit during COVID-19. I help my father haul feed and vaccinate heifers and cows.
What are your favorite and least favorite chores? My favorite chore is taking care of my 4-H heifers, and my least favorite chore is picking up sticks. Thankfully, I don’t do that every day.
Do you have a favorite animal on your farm? My cow, Virgo, and her heifer calf, Velvet. I purchased Virgo at the All-American Pot of Gold Sale in 2018.
What is your favorite subject in school? Math and P.E.
What is something you have done academically while distance learning? Reading books and writing letters to my dairy farm friend who lives in Hilmar, California. Also adding and subtracting fractions.
What do you do want to be when you grow up? A dairy farmer and a YouTuber.
If you had your own farm, what would it look like? My own farm would have a 250-foot barn for pigs, with 10 acres of pasture; two 360-foot freestall barns for Jersey cows, with 100 acres of pasture; a 100-foot barn for horses and donkeys and 20 acres of pasture; 100-foot barn for goats, with 10 acres of pasture; a 50-foot chicken egg system, with 1 acre of pasture; 100-foot barn for lamas and alpacas and 15 acres of pasture; four dogs and seven cats; with two  grain elevator systems, 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans, and 500 acres of hay; and two carousel milking parlors, 7,500-gallon manure pits, three machine sheds and one big farm house.
What is your favorite dairy treat? Ice cream and white milk.
What is your favorite thing to do on the farm during the spring? Getting my show cows ready.