Living in the country and farming the land is an experience few of us get. While we loved having dairy cows, the economic conditions over the last decade have forced us to sell our dairy and concentrate on raising corn and soybeans. My husband and I come from a long line of farmers. Learn a little about how farming affects our lives here.
Beyer Beware Farm
While I grew up on a small Jersey farm in east central Illinois, I never wanted to live on a dairy farm when I grew up. I wanted vacations! Dairy cows need to be milked twice a day, 365 days a year leaving little opportunity for life away from the farm. Well, low and behold, God has a funny sense of humor. After graduating from college with my degrees in agricultural economics and communications, I moved to Indiana for my first job. It is in rural Indiana where I met and married my dairy farmer. While we milked cows for the first six years of our marriage, we made the decision to sell the cows by 2010.
Since then, I have slowly been buying dairy calves for my kids to raise for 4-H. My husband continued to raise corn and soybeans on his family’s farm. Soon, our off-farm jobs took more and more time to the point where we no longer could keep up with the crops. Today, we raise our dairy cattle and a few pigs on our farm in south-central Illinois. I also continue to work in agriculture, focusing specifically in the animal health area continuing to help farmers raise healthy farm animals intended for food consumption.
Farmwives Stick Together
Let’s face it, a lot of my girlfriends are farmwives too. We love to meet other women in the blog world who share so many commonalities with us regarding raising kids, quick meals, family activities, while still maintaining a marriage. Well, go find a few of the Farmwife blogs:
Farmwife Drinks – That’s me too:)