We first hired employees outside of the the family in 2006, when we were milking 300 cows. The employees, Lupe and Blanca, were from Mexico and they did an amazing job. I was just so happy to have somebody else here, it was a relief off me. I had no idea how it was going to go, but it’s been great. We don’t have to worry about everything ourselves anymore. The employees that we have from Mexico have become like part of our family. For example, on Christmas, one of our employees brought over these really special thin cookies from Mexico and that was a real treat. It means so much when they think of you like that. We’ve been very happy.
We’re grateful for what we got and hopefully we can hang on to it all. With the way this farm economy is right now, I just don’t know, but I hope things get better. We grew up with this and I don’t know what to say, it just becomes part of your life. Always trying to do things right is just part of the farming deal. It’s like raising a family. You got to take care of it. Plain and simple.
My oldest brother recently retired from the farm so now myself, two of my other brothers and three of my nephews are owners in the farm. I am not sure what the future holds, but we’ll figure it out. There are six of us running the farm and if one of us retires, I don’t know who will take over because we are doing the work of six people and we can’t expect people to fill in other people’s work load.