My name is Kellie and I reign from the eastern part of Iowa! I grew up on a small cow/calf operation. We’re a start to finish farm so I get to see every aspect there is to raising cattle. We raise around 60 Shorthorns, Herefords, and I just purchased my first Miniature Herefords.
Agriculture has always been a part of my life. It means everything to me. If I’ve had a bad day, a day on the farm can take away all the worries, concerns, and bad feelings. Ever heard of ‘runner’s high’? Well I have ‘farmer’s high’. It’s been in my blood for generations. It’s something I thrive on and enjoy doing. Most women don’t get excited about feeding calves, having a bottle calf grinding feed, or raking hay, but this one does. In third grade we had to draw what we wanted to be. I drew “Farmer Kellie”. Someday I hope to be a full time farmer and make third grade Kellie’s dream a reality. Farming will be something that I do for the rest of my life.
My favorite thing about living on the farm is the environment. That sounds funny doesn’t it? The fresh air, the wind through my hair, the smell of my tractors exhaust, the cows bellowing, the smell of fresh cut alfalfa, and many other great things that others don’t ever get to experience. It’s such a relaxing and comforting place to be. It’s all mine and it’s my favorite place in the entire world. My family knows that if they can’t find me, I’m out in the pasture petting my cows.
I was recently married in 2016 (check out our amazing wedding decor) to an amazing cattle farmer. We can’t agree on a color of tractor or breed of cattle, but we seem to get the rest right. Together we have a dog, Lily, and a farm cat named Angus! Our life isn’t perfect, but it’s exactly what we pictured when we said, ‘I do’! The Farmer keeps me in line and I keep pushing his buttons.
I am a member of the American National Cattlewomen, Sigma Alpha, American Hereford Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. I’m farm strong and am loving my life as a women in agriculture!
I can’t wait for you to all follow along with me on the farm and my beautiful animals!