13. What is one thing you recycle, reuse or repurpose on the farm?
Farms recycle all sorts of things. One thing we recycle on our farm is all the wash water from the milking equipment. It is all collected in a tank and then reused to wash down the milking parlor at the end of milking.
14. What do you wear when you go to the barn?
When I go to the barn in the winter I am wearing jeans, 2 or 3 sweatshirts, my Carhart bib overalls, a coat, hat, gloves, and my muck boots. It’s a lot of clothes, but my husband says I still look cute!
15. Where does your milk go?
Our farm belongs to a cooperative called Dairy Farmers of America. When you belong to a coop, the coop is in charge of selling your milk to a milk plant. Our milk usually goes to the Hood plant in Vernon, New York where they make cottage cheese and yogurt.
16. Do you have a nickname for your cows?
I have lots of cows with different nicknames. An example is Kiki, she is #766 but we call her Kiki because when she had her first calf she kicked the milker off a lot. She doesn’t kick anymore but the name stuck.
17. What is your favorite dairy product?
I’d have to say that it’s a toss up between yogurt and ice cream. Sometimes I make my own yogurt at home and it’s really good!
18. What is the last thing you do on a farm before calling it a day?
The last thing I do is check on the cows that are due to have a calf. We don’t have anyone working in the barn at night so we always check them to make sure no one is calving before we go in for the night.
19. Do you volunteer locally and where?
Yes, we both volunteer locally and sometimes our volunteer hours almost equal that of a full time job. I am the leader for 2 Girl Scout troops. We have a 4-H club. Slade has an Odyssey of the Mind team, coaches basketball, and is the chair of the planning board in our town.
20. What do you want everyone to know about you – the dairy farmer?
As farmers, we are caretakers. We pay careful attention to our animals, our land and our community. We love them all, and we know that when we take care of them, they take care of us.