Growing up on a dairy farm our life was full. We worked a lot, played a lot of games, problem solved, ate a lot of meals around a cozy, booth-styled table… What we did, we did together. Life was good! Yet, little kids, don’t stay little. As we began to grow, Dad and Mom wanted to provide us with an opportunity to continue this dairy life if that’s what we wanted.
In 1998 we came to a crossroad with our little farm which was quite close to town. What was good enough for Dad and Mom was just too small for added family members. Dad and Mom asked each of us what we wanted. Some of us were very interested and others moderately interested in staying on the farm. There were lots of long talks, discussions, planning, strategizing, dreaming, reality checking, and financial figuring. The conclusion was that we needed a larger farm where we could expand.
That dream became a reality in 2001 when we bought a larger dairy farm in the southern part of Wells County, Indiana. After needed renovations, we moved our family and cows to this larger farm in 2002. A few years later we started adding to our family again in the form of in-laws and grand-kids. Not all of us have stayed on the farm, but we all still have a deep love for dairy farming.
On Memorial Day of 2019 we experienced a complete twist of events when the dairy farm was demolished by a tornado. Our current occupational status is somewhere between here and there. In reality, we are all on a journey from here to there.
Looking ahead for Frauhiger Livestock is a blurry image of possibilities. The business side of Frauhiger Livestock looks nothing like it has in years past, and we do not have solid goals as to what it should look like. About half of us are still trying to find a new groove since the tornado. The other half of us had ventured from Frauhiger Livestock before the tornado. When you do not know where you are headed, sometimes you just need to lean into your foundation.
Our foundation all along has been faith and family and that is what we anchor into! Our plan is to keep having lots of long talks, discussions, planning, strategizing, dreaming, reality checking, and financial figuring. We want whatever we do to be a positive thing for our families and our community. We are learning as we go. We would love to have you along on our adventure. Together we will see what Frauhiger Livestock may or may not become and we will keep first things first: faith and family!