There have been many times in the past 5 years that I have been offered jobs that require less physical labor, less hours, and would pay so much more, but dairy farming offers me so much more than a living wage. The past 3 years we have barely made a living dairy farming (we hope to make a reasonable salary soon). We started farming well aware that we better not expect to be millionaires while dairying farming. So if it isn't the money, what could possibly make me say that dairy farming is my dream job???
- I LOVE my cows! Everyday I get to work with awesome animals, which I have great respect for.
- There's nothing more rewarding that a newborn heifer calf! Every time we have a new calf I am reminded of how so much of our lives is out of our control but how so much of it is also a great blessing!
- Rising to the challenges! I enjoy challenges, I always have. As a dairy farmer each day has its own set of unique challenges....and I strive to meet them, it's very rewarding to save a cow, solve a problem, or help the herd be in their best health, etc.
- Nature rocks! I complain a little about the heat and the cold in Minnesota, but at the end of the day I love the seasons, the weather changes, the wildlife, and the natural wonders that surround us...a great blessing! Who needs an office when you have the great outdoors???
- Feeding the world, one milk drinker at a time! I am proud to know that we produce a nutritious and wholesome product that can help consumers of all ages maintain good health. I feed the World and I am proud of it!
- Protecting the environment. We strive each year to be better stewards of our land, water and resources. Each year we make changes to help us improve and sustain the environment around us for future generations and that's a great feeling!
- Sharing our story! I LOVE this blog and my SM activities which allow me to share our story with others who may never see a farm in their lifetimes. How awesome of privilege it is to share how milk is produced and how families like ours care for our cows each day.....so please feel free to ask questions, I love to answer them!