- family relationships – working together & having fun together.
- people living to the fullest expressions of their passions.
- developing and managing cows that thrive: producing quality milk with high levels of fat and protein with great feet, legs and udders, enjoying many years in our care.
- milk as a great source of nutrition for fueling life.
- using our resources to be a blessing to others around us.
Family relationships – working together & having fun together.
One of our favorite things about being dairy farmers is that our kids, currently a 4 year old girl, Miss Muffet, and a 2 year old boy, Buddy Boy, can work alongside of us. They both love the cows and Miss Muffet gives great tours, knows most of the calves’ names, and loves feeding the calves. We want them to learn life lessons and values from us and love that dairy farming allows us to do that!
Plus, we get to work with Dan’s grandparents and parents on a regular basis, making decisions, caring for the cows, and having fun. Lynn’s parent’s get involved too – from energy efficiency engineering to design work, everyone gets a chance to participate together and we LOVE that!
People living to the fullest expressions of their passions.
We’re passionate about a lot of things and owning operating our own dairy farm allows us to live those out everyday! We love Jesus. We love our family. We love dairy cattle. We love our community. We love the many cultures of the world. We love people and hospitality. And hey, we love milk, that’s how we met… but that’s a story for another day. Developing and managing cows that thrive: producing quality milk with high levels of fat and protein with great feet, legs and udders, enjoying many years in our care.
No one wants to just survive they want to thrive – live to their fullest! Helping our cows to live to their fullest potential under our care is important. Sure cows can survive in sub par conditions but when given the right environment and care, cows can do amazing things, like make lots of delicious milk!
Plus, ya know what, one of my favorite things about being a dairy farmer is that we name our cows and they become like family. Healthy thriving cows can be in our herd “family” for 8 years or more, which means we get to know them and their personalities!
Milk is amazing… have you ever thought about what you can make with milk? Well, there’s milk of course, but then there’s cheese (we wont’ even mention the HUGE variety of cheeses!), yogurt, butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, buttermilk, sour cream, cottage cheese, whipping cream, cream cheese, ayran (that’s from our time in Turkey!), and don’t forget things like whey powder that goes into protein bars and energy drinks, and more and more and more! It’s pretty amazing.
And know what, it’s really, really good for you too! Of course, everyone knows milk has calcium but did you know it’s also full of protein, Vitamin D, potassium, magnesium, and more vitamins and nutrients. We love that we help our cows produce something that’s so good for people!
Ultimately, it’s not about us and what we do, it’s about allowing God to use us to be a blessing to others around us. We’ve been entrusted with time, family, money, cows, land, and more, not for us to build an empire of our own and to make ourselves comfortable but to reach into the lives of those near and far and be a blessing – helping to provide them with the good things of God.
That’s what’s important to us. These are the values that get us out of bed each morning. They give us purpose and direction each day. What’s important to you?