Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by Dean Hoffman
S4, E11. Inseminating cows, birthing, and C section.
Fair Oaks Farms < possibly >
80 - 100 calves born each day ..
Not exactly my father-in-laws farm !
.. nor my son-in-law 's ..
Raised on a dairy/sheep (150 head of dairy and about 200 sheep, on 250
plus acres) farm in Ohio and it was sold in 1971. But, after that I
worked on dairy and beef farms off and on until I got into the forest
products business. I have always gotten a kick out listening to others
in the grocery stores talk about ag products. When I was at an ag event
in 1968 a woman asked why I was in Dairy Sciences at Ohio State. She
declared we'd all be out of business in 10 years because everything
would be made from soybeans. Guess she didn't know who grew the soybean
crops. She was also an expert on the draft horses I was grooming and
harnessing at the time, because she went to the horse race track near
My father was incapacitated when I was a child and I ran the farm, with
help from my mother (an elementary teacher), from the time I was 12. No
brothers, but some sisters that did help some. When it came time for me
to take over, I encouraged my father to sell the farm. It was a
stressful childhood, but it did make me a fairly successful person. I
wouldn't have traded the lessons I learned for anything.