I live in sunny downtown Tulip, Missouri. At face value that doesn’t sound like the beginning of a rural farm story. And my personal story doesn’t begin as a rural farm story either. I grew up in a small town in the middle of Missouri, population less than 1,000. I fell in love with a farm boy from a neighboring town. We verbally got engaged sitting on a FFA trailer exhibit at the Missouri State Fair and 22 years later are raising our kids to be agricultural leaders of the future.
|Heading to the Coliseum - MO State Fair 2007.|
|Sam posing with our display - MO State Fair 2008.|
Maintenance is a constant job, whether it's fixing fence, changing oil in a tractor, or nailing down a piece of tin from the barn roof after a windy storm - my husband is certainly a jack of all trades. He and my brother-in-law put in the crops and harvest them primarily by themselves. Busy kids and wives help when we can. We are certainly thankful for modern farm equipment that allows them to cover many acres quickly. Our cattle - both cows and feeder calves - eat corn silage, so we fill two silos every year, which is one of the times they call on myself, my sister-in-law or one of our older sons to help.
|Harvest 2005 - Dad always has an extra helper (or 2) riding in the combine.|
|Chopping Silage - 2009|
|Dad & Aunt Beth help lead calves to an evening show.|
|Jenna in her first year showing - with heifer Lucky - the most pampered cow in the county!|
To learn more about our family operation please visit my personal blog and Facebook page. We were also featured in Farm & Ranch living in 2009 - you can view the link here.
Thanks Kathy for the great feature! Please take a moment to visit her blog page and facebook page to keep up with this farming family!
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