We are wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and we’re featuring a couple Arizona dairy moms.
Jen Millican is a manager at Stotz Dairy in Buckeye, Arizona.
We asked Jen to share a little about her role on the dairy and why she enjoys dairy farm life!
My main job is Young Stock Manager. I am in charge of all calves on the dairy that are seven months and younger. I manage the 12 calf barn employees, make sure timelines are being followed, look for problems, and find solutions. I also work hands on with the calves when we have vet check, when the seven-month-olds get weighed and measured, and when we move calves to a different stage.
I am also in charge of doing all the data entry related to births, deaths, and calves treated. My newest job has been to enter all the bills related to our new farming enterprise. I also break down all the costs so we know how much every crop on every farm costs. I am trying to become an IT expert on the dairy, which is challenging as I am good at fixing computers but I am better at breaking them.
Finally, I am in charge of Stotz Dairy’s community outreach, including dairy tours, school talks, etc.
I like working on the dairy because I love the unique challenges that happen all the time. I am very happy that I get to work in an industry that matters, feeding the world. I love working with the cows and getting dirty. I love that this is a family business, so I get to see and work with my family every day. I continue to be grateful that I am able to take my daughters to work with me.
As we look forward to Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating dairy farm moms!
Sine Kerr lives in Buckeye, Arizona, with her husband Bill. We asked Sine, who is also very active in the community, about her role on the dairy.
In 1980 when Bill and I started our own herd, my role was very “hands on”. I helped with milking and feeding the cow and calves. We also grew forage crops on our small farm and leased acreage. I helped there too. Bill taught me to disc fields, rake hay, and swath alfalfa in addition to managing the office work. As our family and our farm operation grew, we added more employees and I was able to focus on raising our four children and maintaining the office and business management side of the dairy. 36 years later, I am still managing the office, but use our bookkeeper more which frees up more of my time to enjoy the all important and fun role of being a grandmother!
Sine shared with us that she has been living her dream all these years, and explained why she loves life on the dairy.
As a young girl growing up in the farming community of Buckeye, I often played with my friends at their family farms. I grew to love the lifestyle and everything about agriculture. I always hoped I would marry a farmer some day! Bill and I met in high school and I was so happy to find out his family were dairy farmers! I’ve been living my dream all these years! There is no better way to raise your family than on a farm. As many farm families know, there are valuable life lessons that come from the daily tasks that go along with farm life. A dependence and strong faith in God, a work ethic that doesn’t give up and gets the job done no matter what, problem salving skills like no other, and experiencing the importance of being the best stewards we can be of the animals in our care and the land we nurture for our crops. And my greatest joy of late, is watching the pure happiness on the faces of our grandchildren as they enjoy farm life!
Happy Mother’s Day!