4. If your cows could talk, what would they say about you?
If my cows could talk they would say, “Oh my gosh! Is she still singing? I hope it’s not 80’s night again.” because I am always singing in the barn when no one else is there.
5. What is your favorite thing to do on the farm?
My absolute favorite thing to do on the farm is to deliver baby calves. There is just something about bringing a new life into this world that I just love.
6. Did you go to school to be a farmer?
Yes, although I had no idea I would become a farmer when I did. I went to Cornell University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in animal science.
7. What do you do for fun off the farm?
Right now most of my time off the farm is spent as a taxi driver for my kids and all of their activities. I also like to run. I am signed up for my first triathalon this summer! (Wish me luck!)
8. What personality trait makes you a better farmer?
I am a better farmer because of what we call “my cow radar.” I have an amazing ability to recognize a cow that is not feeling well, is getting ready to calve, or is even just upset for some reason. Some people would maybe call me a cow whisperer. It’s kind of a funny trait for a New Jersey girl to have, but I can’t deny it – I’ve got it!
9. Is your glass half full or half empty?
My glass is definitely half full. Many people have often commented that we are always so optimistic, but for us it’s hard not to be when we are doing what we love.
10. What challenges you most as a dairy farmer?
Well, on the farm this year the cold winter has sure been crazy. As farmers, we are out In the cold weather everyday, and I often say the colder it is, the longer my day will be. I am also personally challenged with the disconnect between farmers and consumers. I wish everyone knew how hard farmers work to produce high quality food and how well they take care of their animals. I know we do.
11. What is one thing that you are most proud of in regards to the farm?
We are very proud of our farm. It was truly a big risk when we started it in 2001 and we are proud that we have been able to grow our business and support our family entirely from our farm.
12. Do you do anything special for your cows or calves?
We do all kinds of special things for our cows and calves. This winter all our calves wore special calf coats to help keep them warm. We have a computer system where we keep track of each animal and everything that has ever happened with her. Our cows are all fed a specially formulated diet that our nutritionist makes. Being a cow nutritionist is a career most people don’t think of but we think it’s an important one.