Welcome to our family farm page! I grew up in a small town, so farm life was an entirely new concept for me when I met Kevin in 2006.
Kevin’s the complete opposite though. Farming has been in his blood his whole life. Both sets of his grandparents farmed and so did uncles on both sides of his family. He’s actually the 5th generation to farm his dad’s family farm and the 6th generation on his mom’s family farm where we live in southwest Iowa.
Kevin has been raising cattle for as long as he can remember. His grandpa who lived on the farm where we live now used to raise Hereford cattle. Kevin has since changed his herd over to mostly Simmental and Angus purebreds. We have a cow/calf operation which means that we have a bunch of momma cows that have a new calf every year (usually in March/April). The calves stay with their moms until the fall when we will ween them and then sell them. From there they go to a cattle feedlot to be finished (grown to a specific size before they are processed and become the meat that we can all buy in our local grocery stores). A lot of talk is around grass fed vs grain fed and honestly most all grain fed cattle will start their lives on grass, they are just finished with grain. Every spring and summer when the pastures are green and the grass is growing, that is where you will find our cattle. And then after harvest is done, the cattle will get moved out onto corn stalks which they eat for most of the winter along with the hay and mineral.
Raising Kids on the Farm
I love that our children are growing up on our family farm. If they so choose, they would be the 7th generation to farm this land. Every day we are trying to improve the land and our farming techniques so it will be even better when/if they choose to become farmers some day. In the meantime, they make perfect little farmers-in-training. They still think that going and doing chores is fun and any chance they get to ride a tractor, combine, or go play in the shed with their daddy they do!
Last summer we had a few farm tours on our farm. The first group was a Taiwan Grain Production and Quality Study Team and the second group was a Chinese media group. Both groups were interested in seeing a U.S. family farm, learn how things are done on a farm, see livestock, and learn about biotechnology. With both groups we showed them around our farm, fed them some homemade food, and shared information about raising livestock, biotechnology, etc. Both trips were very interesting and a great learning experience for our family too!
Our last farm tour was U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow from Michigan. She happened to be in Iowa and we had the privilege of showing her around our farm before she headed home.
So that’s basically it! If you have made it to the end of this page, thank you for reading! I know it was a lot, but I love sharing photos and I feel that it’s a great way to tell a story! Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading!