Today we maintain an operation that includes grain farming, cow/calf production, feeding out cattle, and the production of hay. For the last thirty years we have employed no-till practices in our grain farm and feel the advantages of water and soil management have been immense to our land. The appropriate use of waterways and environment management aids us in improving the health of our soil and the productivity of our farm as we strive to produce the most abundant and safe food supply we can. Our cow/calf operation has been a staple of our farm for the last three generations and is a passion of our current operation. We try to use the placement of pasture grass to protect soils that might be prone to erosion and secure the sustainability of our farm.
We strive every day to design and implement low stress cattle handling practices and facilities; calm cows maintain better health and perform more efficiently on feed. Because we have made quality a high priority, we dedicate ourselves to studying the genetics, health, and nutritional needs of the cattle industry. Our hay production began with the necessity to grow hay to feed our own cows through the winter. The aggressive management of seeding of hay, proper use of fertilizer, and attentive harvesting in summer season has allowed us to produce more on a yearly basis than our cows demand. This has allowed us to market to people in our community also engaged in the livestock industry. We take great pride in producing high quality hay for our cows to consume while they are calving in the winter and we put this effort into every bale we produce.
There are three of us, from two generations, currently working on our farm. In every job we tackle, we weigh the benefits of today in respect to the long term impact it will have on our land and livestock, ensuring that another generation will have the same opportunity and strength that we were given. The farm’s fourth generation is just getting started and learning a passion for farm life. The two older boys enjoy getting out and seeing how things get done; learning life lessons from their grandpa, father, and uncle in the form of hands on experience. Their three cousins are still little so they are just learning about the cows, the opportunity to work with family, and the freedom to explore wide open spaces. As present day stewards of the land, we hope that we can help them learn the importance of caring for the land and livestock. Our greatest mission in educating the next generation is to teach the values of family, hard work, and the importance of food production. If the next generation should feel called to pursue farming, we hope that the farm will be healthy and strong so that they will have the ability to succeed at feeding an ever growing global population.