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Dairy Farming – It’s In Our DNA

February 2017 | Minnesota | 0 comments

Margaret Johnson’s love for dairy began at a young age. “Early on we were required to do chores around the farm,” said Margaret, “It became a special time for me to spend time with my dad.”

Margaret’s love for dairy inspired her to run for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Minnesota’s dairy ambassador program. She was named one of the top 12 finalists and had her likeness carved out of a 90-pound block of butter at the Minnesota State Fair.

Margaret continued to pursue her love for dairy by attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she met her husband, Michael. Michael also grew on a dairy farm and shared Margaret’s love of cows.

Michael and Margaret were married in 2010 on Michael’s family farm and their dairy journey began.

Today, Michael and Margaret are farming with Michael’s dad and are busy raising three children, Sawyer (four years old), Levi (two years old) and Claira (six months) instilling in them the same values that they were taught as children.

“Both of our grandparents farmed,” said Margaret, “It was important to us to raise our family on a dairy farm.”

“It’s great to be able to be outside teaching our children how to love the land.”

Levi enjoys using his skid loader to push up feed for the cows.

Sawyer has had a shovel in his hand ever since he could stand. He began with a $2 shovel and has since upgraded to a bigger shovel.

“The boys have now started showing calves at the county fair,” said Margaret, “They enjoyed it so much that now, they pretend that they are at the fair washing and leading their claves.”

“We hope to continue the legacy of our farm and pass it on to our children, said Michael, “Dad always farmed so he could pass it on and we hope to give that opportunity to our children.”

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