About this Blog

I have had the idea for this blog floating around in my head for a while.  Last year was a big year for me.  My wife Becky and I got married, bought a house (and remodeled it) and quit our jobs to move back to my family’s farm!  All in about a 2 month stretch!

The idea for this blog came about when we started telling people about us going back to the farm.  We lived in Madison, WI so I assumed that people who lived in Wisconsin knew dairy-farming pretty well.  I was wrong.  People seem to think that dairy-farming is a little red barn and mom and pop getting up at 5am to milk the cows everyday!  On our farm, we milk 330 cows, raise all of our young stock, and farm 1500 acres.  People just couldn’t understand how mom and dad could do all that!

Of course, people who know a little bit about dairy-farming know that it isn’t just mom and dad and the kids.  We have 12 employees (counting my parents and me) and several consultants.  When people hear stuff like that, they start thinking we are one of those “factory farms” you know those evil farms that don’t care for their animals.  No one seems to know what a “factory farm” is, they just know they are bad.

So I have learned that many people (even in the great dairy state of Wisconsin) really don’t understand that much about the day-to-day operations of a modern dairy farm.  I noticed when I posted pictures of farm stuff on Facebook, lots of people commented on those pictures.  I thought I would start this blog to share a little bit more about what my family does.  I am going to try to post pictures and explanations of what we are doing when ever possible.  I also would love to show people around the farm.  If you are interested in seeing the farm, shoot me an email and we can arrange a tour.

3 Responses to About this Blog

  1. Jess says:

    I am glad you started your blog. I grew up on the “little red barn” kind of farm in Crawford Co. WI and ultimately ended up being one of those consultants you mentioned. I actually design farms now, which is extremely exciting for me because i get to see so many different farms ranging in size from 50 to 5000 cows. I do get a bit tired of the ‘factory farm’ term as well. Most farmers i work with would love to show anyone who wants to know, what their family business is all about and how much pride they take in producing food for their communities, how clean and healthy their animals are too. I am not in a position to farm, but I keep myself tied to Agri-business because its so important and is not going to go away!

  2. Dan says:

    Did you (or your family) make it out to the Rock River Thresheree in Edgerton last weekend? IIRC, you’re in south western WI. Wouldn’t be too far of a drive if you’re in the mood for old machines and demonstrations.

  3. Robin Gee says:

    Hello, Will,
    I wanted to send you some information that might be of interest to you and your readers. I’m at Madison Area Technical College and we’re offering new farm business management classes in Plain, Wisconsin. We used to have a diploma program but we spoke with many farmers and found that they just wanted the info, not necessarily a full program. They told us they wanted shorter, quick, targeted classes. So, we’ve developed a series of six-week farm business management classes with the help of farmers and farm lenders and others in the industry. We’re also looking for ideas for new classes we might develop. Please contact me at rgee@madisoncollege.edu if you would like more info. Check out the program at madisoncollege.edu/farm-business-management.

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