April 2013 Featured Farm Photo & Farmer Profile
Rob Steedley, Westergard Jerseys in Warren, UT
Ahhhh! A nice sip (or gulp) of refreshing water.
The photo I submitted for the Cow Locale’s monthly “Featured Farm Photo Series” shows 2 cows getting a drink. Keeping fresh, clean water readily available is an important part of producing consistently high quality, nutritious milk and maintaining healthy cows. Cows can drink up to 50 gallons of water each day!
I wanted to show what happens on our farm and had a tough time picking just one photo to share, so in addition to introducing myself and telling you a bit about how I made it from the city to the country, I have a few more photos to illustrate life here at Westergard Jerseys.
Hello…This is me, Rob Steedley – City Boy turned Dairy Farmer!
After growing up in Los Angeles then moving to the New York City area, I never imagined that I would end up a dairy farmer in Warren, UT… and yet that is just what happened. I fell in love with a farmer’s daughter and followed her home.
My wife and I met online – we chatted, talked on the phone, and sent each other text messages for 6 months. We met in-person for the first time at the baggage claim area at JFK airport in Queens, NY, and it was pretty much love at first sight. We got married and I moved to her home in Utah, just a half-mile from the family farm. My father-in-law has been in the business for over 30 years, and while I had immense respect for him and his chosen profession, my wife and I decided that dairy farming wasn’t for me.
That decision didn’t last.
Less than 2 months later, I found myself getting up well before the sun every morning milking cows twice per day – through weekends and holidays. It was a great chance for me to really get to know my in-laws, and I fell in love with the lifestyle. My family laughs because they think of me as a “city boy,” but after 3 years on the farm, I have become a country boy through and through.
My daughter Lilly visits the farm regularly. She loves visiting the calves and often climbs the fence to say hello
Tractors are part of life on the farm – something I didn’t have much familiarity with in LA or New York!
This is a shot of our milk parlor: “This is where the magic happens!”
More from the “Featured Farm Photo Series”
Blanketing Our Babies – March 2013
A Chilly Winter Morning on the Farm – February 2013