"Being born on the farm there wasn’t a “start day," I have always been part of the cattle industry. But more than that I have always loved the industry and the people in it."
Number of cattle: 350 Mature Cows
Years this farm have been in business: Since 1941
Being born on the farm there wasn’t a “start day," I have always been part of the cattle industry. But more than that I have always loved the industry and the people in it. I truly believe one of our biggest challenges is engaging new young producers and keeping them in our industry.
No one day is the same as the last. Most of my mornings start with checking the cattle, looking for illness, injury, or new births. I feed them according to the season we are in; in the fall and winter that includes hay and grain to nursing mothers and in the spring and summer turning them out to graze the next pasture. Many days include processing of new born calves, or preparing the herd for breeding or pregnancy examinations. Every day includes repairs of either fence, or machinery. The summer months are extremely busy with cutting and baling hay.
I would tell her to be strong, bold and understanding, get an education and pursue your passion.
I really enjoy the family time we get on the farm. Taking my kids out to feed a bottle calf or watch a birth is a great pleasure for me. I loved every minute of the time my dad and I spent together with our cattle, it truly made me who I am today.
Our farm focuses on the production of embryo transfer calves which helps to mass produce superior genetics. Basically our cattle are surrogate mothers to purebred genetics. We transfer 7 day old embryos into my cattle and they carry the calf to term. The calves stay on their “mom” for 7 months then are weaned and returned to the purebred farm based off contract
I would tell her to be ready to work and to follow her heart. I am a firm believer that you must at least try before you can give up on anything.
I hope that I can teach my children enough to keep the farm up and running for generations to come, I know that the life we live as farmers/ranchers can be a tough one. I hope to leave the farm in a financial position so that they can make any decisions they want to after I am gone!