Sept. 13 2017
Today we all pray for our families and friends and hope that things will be better soon. But tomorrow, tomorrow we will rally
Sept. 12 2017
Every night I wonder: How much longer?
Sept. 8 2017
4666 . . . Markwell No. 1 . . . Ritz. She gets called a lot of things, depends on who is doing the talking. The “she” is Markwell-KR Reality Ritz-ET
Aug. 30 2017
Knowing my cows means I know more than just their name, I know them.
Aug. 29 2017
People who grew up on dairy farms often mention their love for dairy cows, their passion for the dairy community, and their calling to work in dairy
Aug. 24 2017
We started chopping our corn silage July 20 this year and finished chopping August 18. It has definitely been one of the longest silage seasons I have ever encountered. We planted a good bit more corn
Aug. 22 2017
We got to observe the wonder of the eclipse from the comfort of our farm.
Aug. 8 2017
“So, how did it feel marrying into a farm family?” is a question I often get asked as a young female dairy farmer
July 28 2017
My dad came from a large Midwest family where they milked 25 cows, raised some sheep, had a few chickens, and worked cropland. He was one of seven hard-working farm boys with four sisters
July 18 2017
“Whap!” I didn’t even see the hit coming. That sound and the stinging pain were simultaneous. It took place as I was hanging a unit up between two cows when the cow behind me gave...
July 15 2017
Karen Bohnert School’s out for summer. Music to every kid’s heart, I’m sure. Or at least my trio were elated when the school bell rang for the last time and the doors opened wide. Although
June 20 2017
Hearing my 4-year-old daughter Daphne say the word “chrysalis” always makes me smile. First, because she so carefully articulates the word. Second, because I’m proud that she knows exactly...
June 15 2017
I have a farmer friend who celebrates the birthday of her special cow. I can honestly say that is not a standard operating procedure that I’ve ever implemented on our farm
June 15 2017
About 25 years ago, I was a 30-something dairy farmer with a young family and a farm that had survived the 1980’s financial crisis
June 14 2017
Farmers must make time, quality time, for the people who are most important
May 25 2017
I wish my mother and my father were alive so they could tell me it would all be okay. But they are not. And all I’m left with is my faith. And, honestly, that is enough
April 19 2017
That last time I cried this much was when we buried my Grandma Pritzl — the last of my four grandparents to pass
April 13 2017
If you are anything like me, you have a wide array of thin, holy, worn out t-shirts specifically for farm use, and they are cluttering your closet
March 25 2017
The day that most kids wait for finally came for my Jersey squad. No, we didn’t go to Disney World — we got a puppy! “I’ve waited my entire life for this to happen!”