Happy Wednesday, people! Today we will be hearing from Julia and Charlotte: two lovely little ladies who are involved in the dairy industry. They love to help out on their family’s dairy farm in SE Minnesota. I’m blessed to call them my sisters.
How long have you lived on your family’s dairy farm?
J: Almost eight years.
What do you do on your family’s farm?
J: I milk, I ride in the tractor, and I feed calves.
C: I watch my dad and sometimes my brothers milk. Sometimes I help feed calves and clean up afterwards.
Julia, what does feeding the calves involve?
J: First you go to the farm, and then you put the milk in the bottles. First you feed the newborn calves, and then you give the rest of the calves their bottles, and then you collect the bottles. Then you clean the pasteurizer, and then you do clean-up, when you wash the bottles and nipples and then bleach them. Then you put them on a rack to dry until the next feeding.
What is your favorite part about living on a dairy farm?
J: Driving tractor and milking.
C: Probably milking cows. (Funny… she doesn’t actually milk yet. Wishful thinking?) Also feeding calves and other things.
What is your favorite dairy product?
J: Cheese curds.
C: Ice cream, milk, chocolate milk, and carrots. (???)
Why do you think people should eat dairy products?
J: They help you grow.
C: Because they’re healthy, and they make you grow.
Why are dairy farms important?
J: They produce a lot of foods you need.
C: Because milking cows and drinking milk is important.
Totally precious, right??? By no means am I biased… 🙂