Boone Moen feeds Sprinkles, one of the newest additions to the farm. 
KAYLA LEIDING
Boone Moen feeds Sprinkles, one of the newest additions to the farm. KAYLA LEIDING
    LANESBORO, Minn. – Boone Moen’s interest in farming started at a young age.
    “As soon as he could walk, he always made a beeline for the barn,” said Sue, Boone’s mom.
    Boone, 11, and his parents, Merv and Sue, along with his siblings, Cassidy and Kole, milk 65 Guernseys and Holsteins in Lanesboro, Minn.  
    Boone started doing chores on his family farm when he was six years old. He received a goat for Christmas, so one of his first responsibilities was taking care of the goats.
    When Boone was six, he helped save a calf that was being born backwards. He was able to keep the calf as his own.
    “I was watching a calf being born and its legs were coming out, and I was pretty sure it was coming backwards, so I went and got my dad,” Boone said.
    Merv always knew his son had a special way with the cows.
    “He always carried little play cows around when he was little,” Merv said.
    Boone has already shown how responsible and determined he is.
    One day, Boone noticed that a calf was bloating and her eyes were sunk in. Boone called Merv to ask what to do. Merv told him to find a tube and put it down her throat to get the gas out. Boone did that for 20 minutes until the gas finally started coming out. Merv had called the vet to assist, and when he arrived, the calf was up and Boone had already gotten most of the gas out of the calf by himself.
    Boone had only seen the procedure done once.
    “I felt accomplished,” Boone said. “I was determined to get the gas out of her, because she was out of the best cows we had.”
     Boone’s main chores on the farm include loading and hauling manure, scraping the barn, unloading small squares of hay during the summer, feeding calves and heifers, and milking.
    His favorite chore on the farm is watching the cows to make sure that everything is going right. He considers scraping the barns his least favorite chore.
    “I would rather be doing other things,” Boone said of scraping the barns.
    On school days, Boone is outside from when he gets home from school until 7:30 p.m. On the weekends, his day usually begins at 9 a.m. and does not end until 9:30 p.m.
    “He always wants to be outside,” Sue said.
    Boone’s hard work and dedication to the farm showed this summer when he and his mom, aunt, uncle and cousin ran the farm while his dad was out of town for four days.
    “He was the boss for those four days,” Sue said.
    His day started at 5 a.m. Boone did most of the calf chores and then took the lead with milking. He knew every treated cow and which cows needed special attention.
    “I know all of the cows by their udders,” Boone said.
    In addition to chores, Boone also had other things going on during those four days. On Friday morning, Boone did chores and got done just in time to go to school. On Saturday, they finished chores early enough for Boone to make his football game.
    As of now, Boone has five of his own animals, and he purchased his first calf last summer.
    Boone said about half of the herd has names.
    “They have to stick out to me [to get a name],” Boone said.
    Boone likes Guernseys the best because he said they are more mellow than the Holsteins.
    Boone is in fifth grade at Lanesboro Elementary School. He is involved in football, basketball, baseball, showing dairy cattle, dairy project bowl and dairy judging.
    When Boone grows up, he wants to do something with farming.
    “I’ll always have animals; I know that,” Boone said.
    His dream farm would include a compost barn, parlor, one shed for equipment, one shed for hay, a skidloader and bags for feed. If he did not want to milk cows, he would use the parlor area for vet work and use the compost barn for beef cattle.
    Boone said the best thing about growing up on the farm is you can learn from your mistakes.
    “You learn the right way to do things,” he said.
    Sue is excited to see where her son’s life takes him because of his curiosity.
    “He’s always figuring out better ways to do things and making sure things are going right,” she said.
    No matter what he does, Sue and Merv want their son to be happy.