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Michael Bremer and his dad, John, talk about the bulk tank and milk pick-up during Michael's TV show, Take a Hike Mike.
Welcome to Bremer Farms. John and I, our children Sara and Michael, and John’s parents, Roy and Karen, all work together on our 120-cow dairy farm. John and Roy are the full-time farmers, but we all have our daily duties to make this a true family farm. We love sharing our story of the dairy industry with the visitors that come to our farm.
But we don’t just leave our dairy story behind when we shut the barn door. I am a Title One Instructional Assistant at one of our local elementary schools. I am the “resident farmer” at school, and am often conferred with to answer any farming questions. I give dairy presentations, always bringing feed samples, dairy food examples, and of course my “I Met a Dairy Farmer!” stickers.
Our daughter Sara has taught 8th grade English at Hastings Middle School for five years. She was first introduced to the other teachers as “the only staff member to have a butterhead,” a souvenir from her days as a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist. English class often gets a little squirt of dairy too. “Class, today we will journal about your favorite dairy food.” And when Sara gives an example demonstration for the speech unit, it’s dairy all the way!
Our son Michael also finds ways to include our dairy doings in his job at Hastings Community Television. Along with his many duties at the TV station, he also hosts his own TV show. He visits area businesses to learn about them and lend a helping hand. In honor of June Dairy Month he filmed his show on our farm to give viewers an inside look at the life of a dairy farmer. You can check it out on Facebook at Take a Hike Mike.
So whether we are on the farm or off to our other jobs, whether it is June Dairy Month, or any month of the year, we never pass up the opportunity to share the dairy story we are so proud to live.
I grew up on a chicken and dairy farm with my parents, brother and sister. As a teen I remember saying, “I’ll never marry a farmer. Farmers work long hours, and rarely get a day off.” Well, as the saying goes, “never say never.” Farmer John and I were married 28 years ago. I think it was his dedication and commitment to farming that brought us together.