My husband has been looking forward to this moment every since the kids were born. The moment that the kids would start their own business adventure and to top it off in agriculture! We started building their herds early by giving them a heifer and letting them decide what to do with their calf. Each child has 2 cows, one bred heifer and some cash to put toward their future (college, house, car, business, etc) and a start in the cattle business. The kids decided to buy pee wee calves this summer to feed and sell this fall. I must admit when my husband first brought the idea to me, all the possibilities of what could go wrong ran through my head. What if the calf died and they lost all their money, what if they get hurt one day while feeding, are they old enough to handle the daily responsibility????? But my husband assured me that they were ready and this would be a good learning experience. I was still hesitant but agreed and my husband wasted no time calling our order buyer and putting in the first order of two pee wee calves (pee wee’s are not newborn but ~200 lb calves).
They got the barn ready and within a week the first calf was bought. Jace wanted Jenna to get the first calf so he could watch and learn before he got his. A trip to the bank and stockyard and “Bobby Joe” arrived at his new home. As soon as they got him unloaded and fed, the lesson in money and record keeping began. (My husband is a farm loan officer by day so crunching numbers is his superpower!) About 10 days later, Jace’s calf “Super Boy” arrived at the barn.
In the next few weeks, it became apparent that my husband was right and this was a good decision. The kids took great ownership in the calves and their care. Each trip to the barn started with a fun game of tag with dad. In the barn, lessons on herd health, nutrition and anatomy were given. The pride and accomplishment in the kids’ faces are priceless to me and something that I will cherish about their childhood. The farm offers a place for exploration, adventures and life lessons. And for that I am truly thankful!