I grew up on a small farm near Diller, Neb., and loved it … I have always known that’s where I want to be. I have an Associate’s of Ag Business degree from Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Neb.
Eleven years ago I married a dairy farmer, a great guy who has been my friend for as long as I can remember. (I am talking as far back as preschool!) Today, I am proud to say that I also am a dairy farmer! My husband, Adam, and I have three children, Allison-9, Preston -7, and Sidney-4. Our kids love to help out on the farm and are also busy with 4-H, various sports, and school and church activities.
Our family farm is Classic Dairy, Inc., which is owned by my father-in-law, Dean, and his brother Gail. The Engelmans have been milking cows for many years. But this makes my children 5th generation dairy farmers! Our farm is located six miles north of Diller on Hwy 103.
In 1996, the dairy expanded from milking 150 cows in a double-4 parlor to milking 600 cows in a double-12 parlor. Today, we milk 960 cows. Our parlor is a double-20, which means 40 cows are being milked at one time. Our milk is sold to West Point Dairy in West Point, Neb., where it is made into butter.
Cow health and comfort are very important to any dairy farmer. We work closely with our veterinarian and nutritionist to keep our cows healthy and comfortable. Our cows have sand bedding to lay on, and always have fresh, cool water available. Our barns are set up to keep the cows cool during the summer and warm during the winter.
In addition to milking cows, we also farm about 1,800 acres raising corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Most of the grain grown on our farm is used for feed for our cows.
I look forward to sharing more about our dairy, how we care for our cows, and how we produce safe, healthy dairy products for you and your family! If you have any questions along the way, please drop a comment on the blog and I’ll be sure to respond.