Karen Mallow
Ixonia, Wis.
Jefferson County
40 cows

Family: My husband, Joe, and I have one daughter, Ann.

Tell us about your farm. We milk in a double-4 flat barn parlor and house our cows in a freestall barn. We raise our own dairy replacements and farm 250 acres of land. We also rent a separate freestall barn to our daughter for her own herd whose milk goes into a separate bulk tank. I help with milking by being in the holding area, I feed calves with Ann, help with field work and do the farm books.

What’s the busiest time of day for you? It depends on the day and the seasons, but morning and night milkings are usually the busiest.

When you get a spare moment what do you do? I like to craft, read and spend time with my family.

Tell us about your most memorable experience working on the farm. Watching our daughter milk her separate herd of cows the first day she started in her own business.

What have you enjoyed most about dairy farming or your tie to the dairy industry? I enjoy working side by side with my husband and daughter every day. I like working with the cows and also doing field work. I really enjoy unloading feed at the bagger.

How do you stay connected with others in the industry? I am part of the Dairy Girl Network and also enjoy visiting with other farmers in the area.

Who is someone in the industry who has inspired you? Why? My parents and my in-laws, who both farmed, and many farmers in the community have inspired me to farm. Everyone was so supportive when I quit my veterinary technician job to work on the farm with Joe 21 years ago.

If you could give a tour of your farm to a prominent woman in today’s society, who would it be and why? Pam Jahnke, the “Farm Babe,” because she does so many wonderful things to promote the dairy industry.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken? Explain. We took our first and only family vacation in 2012. We went to Dubuque, Iowa, and Moline, Ill., to see the John Deere combine being built. It was a wonderful getaway. We try to take day trips every summer to see different parts of Wisconsin.

What are some words you like to live by? The devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today I whispered in the devil’s ear, “I am the storm.”