Risch Family Farm

Risch Family Farm This page is about the Risch Family Farm, and will serve as an update on the farm's progress and events throughout the year.
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06/29/2020
BUILD WITH US! | Itchy Fort PLUS ESCAPE CALF

Awe, fort builds are the best!

In BUILD WITH US! Itchy Fort PLUS AN ESCAPE CALF, you get to watch a couple of farm kids with their tag along baby farm, build with strength, an incredible s...

06/22/2020
FIRST BIRTHDAY Celebration in a TRACTOR Hauling Hay

Here is a video of our favorite little farm girls! We can only say that for a little while longer since Aaron's babies will be here very soon. The farm may get taken over by girls but we're not mad about it 😘

Faith was born in the spring and suffers from something some people might call awful. We just call it normal. Days off are for rainy days- that's our story and we're sticking to it!

https://youtu.be/rQ9tAdSLsVM

FIRST BIRTHDAY Celebration in a TRACTOR Hauling Hay // If you like toddlers riding tractors or baby tractor videos, this is one unusual baby first birthday v...

[Whistles] c'mon! COVID-19! Get up! C'moooon! MOVE! We've got things to do! We can't wait out here all day!.Farming has ...
03/27/2020

[Whistles] c'mon! COVID-19! Get up! C'moooon! MOVE! We've got things to do! We can't wait out here all day!
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Farming has been deemed essential work in the state of Michigan, which is giving Kyle a pretty big head. It's good though, because farmers wouldn't be able to stop working anyway. There's too much riding on our work, the health of the cows for example; they still need to eat. Our cows aren't pasture raised and they depend on us to bring them their food every single day. Across the world, people still need to eat, so its crucial that the crops get planted on time, not on a virus's timeline.
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However we're still practicing social distancing. Staying at the farm working, not gathering in large groups of people and washing our hands before eating. There hasn't been any word to us yet to be concerned about the cows carrying the virus, until further notice.
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We encourage you to get out of your house for some fresh air, be it just to walk around or sit outside. Fresh air does wonders for the mind and body. But don't come here. You can keep your germs at your house 😆
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*Editors note: we have been vaccinating cows with the bovine rotavirus vaccine for years and there is no fear at this time of cattle being a carrier to the novel coronavirus that is effecting humans.
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Pc: Alan Ho

I loooove the comment about how our focus on efficiencies goes out the window in extreme weather situations. It's true! ...
10/30/2019
What is a factory farm? Factory farms are family farms.

I loooove the comment about how our focus on efficiencies goes out the window in extreme weather situations. It's true! When its blistering hot out, we'll do whatever it take, hour by hour, to keep our girls alive. Some days that means standing with a hose on someone in labor. We may not be what you think a "factory farm" is, but that's the point. We're a farm. Just a farm, run by weirdos who love our cows with huge hearts.

Do you ever wonder what is a factory farm? We will explore some common misconceptions about what a factory farm is and is not.

10/15/2019
Yikes. We've got a couple kittens who could use a brake from the farm 🙃
09/25/2019

Yikes. We've got a couple kittens who could use a brake from the farm 🙃

Stay cool friends 🤣
07/20/2019

Stay cool friends 🤣

Some Friday Fun for ya! Have a great weekend folks and stay cool!!

06/14/2019

Overheard on the farm:
1. "I love working really hard and winning. But lately, we're just working really hard to lose and it sucks."
2. "This has got to be the worst spring I've ever seen."

Keep your farmers in mind and in your prayers, all across America the rain is still giving farmers a really hard time.

Milford Township Fire Department-Butler County, OH
06/02/2019

Milford Township Fire Department-Butler County, OH

We love our Mudders 🤗
05/12/2019

We love our Mudders 🤗

A Farm Wife
05/06/2019

A Farm Wife

#farmfunnies

05/05/2019
The Horned Beef Company Ltd

Ok, so no coats! That's fine mama, we can do it your way 😆

We don't normally interfere... but it was freezing cold and she gave birth in a very exposed part of the field so I tried to help and stuck a little coat on the calf to keep it warm.

I guess mum didn't like the calf coat! #mumknowsbest

Calf is fine by the way!

03/26/2019
Contoocook Creamery

Have you heard about the new show coming to the History Channel?! I cannot wait to check this out!

Here's a video clip from the new show!!! Watch the 2nd episode Thursday April 11th at 10 p.m. on History channel! #Americanfarm

Happy pi day! This is the oddest cow pie I've ever seen 😆
03/14/2019

Happy pi day! This is the oddest cow pie I've ever seen 😆

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03/08/2019

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#milkisamazing #supportdairyfarmers

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03/02/2019

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Ha 🤣

Oh dear 😆
02/25/2019

Oh dear 😆

Early this morning officers responded to a complaint of 2 suspicious males going door to door trying to sell dairy products. Officers determined that the 2 individuals did not have a solicitors permit and were apprehended after a short foot pursuit. We would like to remind everyone to NEVER open your doors to any unfamiliar cattle.

"Ain't no one takin my cows!" 🤪
02/22/2019

"Ain't no one takin my cows!" 🤪

I didn't intend to turn this page into a farm- cartoon page, but it's not so bad, is it? 🙃
02/19/2019

I didn't intend to turn this page into a farm- cartoon page, but it's not so bad, is it? 🙃

We would probably celebrate Valentine's Day if this happened more often 😉
02/14/2019

We would probably celebrate Valentine's Day if this happened more often 😉

Nyfarmgirls
02/04/2019

Nyfarmgirls

More like nut juice 🙄

This cold is no joke!
01/30/2019

This cold is no joke!

Yup we got that! It's amazing all the flavors them cows produce.

A little cartoon humor for ya 😏
01/19/2019

A little cartoon humor for ya 😏

10/12/2018

"Food" for Thought........as we approach National Farmers Day

"A day to recognize farmers"

October 12 may be National Farmer’s Day, but I can’t quite bring myself to say “Happy Farmers Day”. I don’t know too many “happy farmers”.

I know a lot of suffering farmers, farmers suffering from low prices and costs that exceed their income. I know a lot of persevering farmers, who in spite of the lack of profit and even the loss of equity, are laboring through the bad times. I know a lot of frustrated farmers because they don’t have any idea when they can expect prices to go up. I know a lot of tired farmers because they have let employees go, and do the work themselves to save money.

If the pain were a sudden sharp pain, farmers would bear it with hardly a whimper. But the low milk prices have gone on and on and on for four years straight. It has dulled some to the constant pain, but they feel it when they look into the eyes of their spouse and children and shake their head again.

Yet, to be a farmer is to be optimistic. Farmers plant in the spring and wait for the day when the shoots break the ground. They pray for rain and know that their crop depends on timely water. Harvest comes months after the planting and the saying goes that it is not a crop until it is harvested and in storage, for sometimes, rain seems to be endless at harvest time.

Maybe it is better said that farmers take the long view. That is a quality sorely lacking in today’s world. People have little patience and want results now. But farmers cannot speed up the crop. Sure, even farmers have cut time out of processes and out of down times in the lives of their cattle. Even so, they are taking the long view.

They take the long view because they have to keep things in perspective. Cattle health is the result of a lot of little things that are done regularly, things such as vaccination, good nutrition, clean beds and frequent sanitation. They take the long view on crops, understanding the need to add nutrients back to the soil to replace what they remove and to be builders of soil health.

They take the long view because they look across the dinner table at their sons and daughters who might want to carry on the family business and know that if they do, they are in for many sleepless nights. They look up on the wall and see the picture of the farm as Grandpa and Grandma had it and another as it was during their parent’s time.

Even in these dark days, farmers maintain a pride of doing the best for their cows. They produce quality milk because they value quality milk, not because the market values it. They care for their cows with gentleness because the cows pay the bills, at least the bills that are getting paid right now. They still promote their products because the consumer really does need to know.

Their resiliency carries farmers. The encouragement and love of others helps them. The hope for a better future inspires them. Their faith undergirds them.

How much more can they take? The answer will be different in each household, but in that of a friend of mine, he personalized that phrase and said it aloud as he read it in a farm magazine. Instantly, his 11 year-old daughter replied, “a lot more!” That alone is enough to go on for months!

So, as we approach National Farmers’ Day, I want to recognize the farmers who continue on in spite of the hardships. They continue to produce the food and fiber on which each of us depends. They do so without protests, without fanfare, without much to go on except their inner drive.

I am thankful for the quality and variety of food available. I am somewhat embarrassed to pay such a small portion of income for the world’s safest food, while the producers of it are hurting. But maybe it helps to say “thank you” to them, to the men and women, the boys and girls who call themselves “farmer”. Thanks for all you do. Thanks for your hard work. I hope that soon you will be rewarded as you should be. Happy Farmers’ Day.

By Phil Durst
Michigan State University Extension
Sr. Educator – Dairy & Beef Cattle Health and Production

What a little cutie ❤
08/20/2018

What a little cutie ❤

07/23/2018

A Monday laugh for ya! This is Porky (right), named for her pig ears 😁 She's spoiled rotten, in fact someone (cough, cough, Phaedra) has been sharing their Pop Tarts with Porky every morning!
#spoiledcuzshescute

It has been a very dry month, and we are grateful for every drop of rain.
07/17/2018

It has been a very dry month, and we are grateful for every drop of rain.

Photos from Risch Family Farm's post
06/22/2018

Photos from Risch Family Farm's post

Happy Mother's Week! Our mom is an Acts-of-Service type of person, and for mother's day this year she asked for us to pi...
05/11/2018

Happy Mother's Week! Our mom is an Acts-of-Service type of person, and for mother's day this year she asked for us to pitch calf pens. We took the job a little further and cleaned out the whole barn for her! How many moms out there prefer a gift of time over flowers and chocolate?

Have a little escape artist on our hands!
05/03/2018

Have a little escape artist on our hands!

Many of you probably remember picking rocks as a kid! Your parents or grandparents made you walk back and forth across a...
05/03/2018

Many of you probably remember picking rocks as a kid! Your parents or grandparents made you walk back and forth across a field alongside a tractor and wagon, picking up every rock you laid eyes on. We still remember those days! While we haven't updated to using an actual rock picker, we did start using a skid loader with a rock bucket a few years ago. It helps a lot! But I still dreamt about picking rocks the next night 😂

Thanks in advance for reading to the end.I wish things were different. We will NEVER root for the downfall of other farm...
03/19/2018

Thanks in advance for reading to the end.

I wish things were different. We will NEVER root for the downfall of other farms so that our farm can survive. Unfortunately, farms are going to fail. Farms across this great nation are striving to outlast the over supply of milk and rock bottom prices. Just like Carrie mentions below, milk is a commodity and we can't control the price. We can't advertise to try to sell it for more, or put it in a pretty bottle to sell for a higher price - all we can do is encourage everyone to consume more. That's it. The rest is out of our hands. The price we receive is nonnegotiable.

So thank you to those who do what they can to use extra dairy. Thank you to those who treat farmers kindly on the road and at the market. And thank you to those who pray for farm families in this trying season. The Risch Family Farm extends our love and compassion to all hurting dairy farms in the nation. Stay strong.

It's rare that I find myself without words. However for the past few weeks, I've tried to write this post several times only to eventually walk away from a blank screen. I'm going to try again, because this is important. Please, if you don't finish reading this whole post, don't comment.

A year ago at this time almost 75 dairy farmers got an unprecedented letter from their milk company informing them that they would no longer have a place for their milk in 30 days. It was shocking not only to the farmers who received the letter but also to the dairy industry as a whole. Looking back, it was the clap of thunder before the storm really started.

In the last year, the price farmers have been paid for their milk has continued to drop. It is now at a price that is below the cost of production. Meaning every day that farms keep the lights on, we go a little further in debt. Remember, dairy farmers don't get to set their price, milk is a commodity and we are told what we will be paid for it.

This leads us to three weeks ago. Once again around 100 dairy farmers in several states opened their mail box to find a letter letting them know that in 90 days, they would no longer have a place to sell their milk. Many, many others have received other letters and calls from their milk coops and companies letting them know that they aren't on stable ground. Once again, the dairy industry has been rocked.

So why are we in this position? Of course when bad things happen, people naturally want to place blame. To be honest, we as dairy farmers only have ourselves to blame. Over the decades the number of dairy cows in our country hasn't changed much. However, the amount of milk each cow makes has gone up significantly. Dairy farmers are always working to be better. We grow better feed, we build more comfortable barns, we use bulls with better genetics and in return our cows give more milk. For individual farms, more productive cows is a good thing. For the environment, having less cows producing more milk, is a good thing. But, when you look at the whole, with all of us doing more, it becomes obvious that we need a place to go with the extra milk. Supply is greater than demand, but you can't just turn off the tap on a milk cow.

We have some seriously agonizing growing pains going on in our dairy community and it weighs heavily on the minds of us all. Farms are going to be selling cows and going out of the dairy business left and right in the coming months.

Meanwhile we will see the worst of the worst coming out here on Facebook. Vegans will be heralding this as a win, saying people are turning away from dairy, even though they couldn't be farther from the truth. Worse yet, farmers will be turning on one another in comment sections as they try and play the blame game.

We will also see the better side coming out when we look beyond the noise. People putting an extra gallon of milk in their cart, ordering extra cheese on their pizza, adding farmers to their prayers or changing their Facebook profile picture to support dairy farmers is what is going to keep so many of us smiling in the tough times and giving us hope to go on. Thank you to those of you who do.

Tonight when we lay our heads down to sleep, we may not know the future, but we do know the passion that keeps us farming even in the hard times is strong but is nothing compared to the strength of the love and support of our family and friends. Thank you to everyone who loves farmers.

02/18/2018
Texas Farm Bureau

"Just ask me. We're in this together."

Our food. Grown by farmers. Eaten by everyone. When it comes to the food we eat, we’re all in this together. Learn more about our food and ask farmers questions at txfb.us/ourfood.

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