On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast we’re continuing June Dairy Month with Becca Hilby. Becca is a first generation dairy farmer from America’s Dairy Land, Wisconsin. Becca and her husband, Joey, live on his family’s farm with their three year old daughter Sophia, and one year old son, Joseph. They raise steers, chickens, pigs and too many cats to count! Her day job is the calf manager and co-herd manager on a 350 cow dairy where she has worked since college. Becca has her own herd of dairy cows on the farm of mostly registered Brown Swiss and a few Holsteins as well as two milking shorthorns.
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I am a first generation dairy farmer from America’s Dairyland, Wisconsin. My husband, Joey, and I live on his family’s farm with our three year old daughter Sophia, and one year old son, Joseph! We raise steers, chickens, pigs and too many cats to count! My “day job” is the calf manager and co-herd manager on a 350 cow dairy where I have worked since college! (11 years!) I have my own herd on the farm of mostly registered Brown Swiss and a few Holsteins. And can’t forget the two Milking Shorthorns!
One fun fact about me is I did not grow up on a farm! At the age of nine, I joined 4H and we had a local farmer come to a meeting to see if anyone wanted to show a dairy cow! Who wouldn’t say yes to that!? Here I am, almost 22 years later, and I can’t imagine life not in the dairy industry and in agriculture! I love to share about our life on the farm, being a mom, and showing dairy cattle where I am able to connect with consumers at fairs!
This year I have broadened my horizons by signing up for my first farmers market! We’ve gone from selling a few steers a year to local friends and family to wanting to grow into providing affordable beef for our community. And pork now too because who doesn’t want pigs. We also sell chicken eggs when the girls feel like laying!
You may have seen a post of mine last week on IG highlighting some new AG podcasts that I have recently found and have been binge listening to ever since. These shows are either highlighting or hosted by BIPOC farmers or foodies. Since that post I have found even more great content or friends have shared more – which I love a good podcast recommendation BTW – So I have gone ahead an made a blog post and I hope you guys get some new podcasts coming through those earbuds,
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