Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Roger and his dairy farm

Roger managed and ran a dairy farm north of town for over 47 years. He started milking when he was still in high school. In fact, he and his brother Leroy won the South Dakota State Dairy judging contest when they were still students at Elkton High School. Roger never left the farm he grew up on and managed to milk around 40 cows a day morning and night. There were nights when I was driving back to Elkton that I would see lights on in his barn at 10:30 at night, and I knew that he must be out in barn helping a cow deliver a calf.

Just as I planned to write here about Roger, I heard he was in the Sioux Falls hostipal. I gave him a call, and he said he was not sure how long he would be in the hospital. It could be days and yet it might be months, but if he had his rathers, I am sure he would be back on the farm as soon as possible.

2 Comments:

Blogger crimsonfarm1 said...

This is my oldest brother. I am sure it is hard to believe that someone would milk cows for 47 years! I remember the the "big" change to pipeline milking to make it easier. Now the bulk tank sits empty and idle. It definitely was a sad day to see the cows loaded and the end of a labor of love for milking. But we know farmers always have other things to do.
Roger has pancreatitis and is fighting very hard to get better. He has been in the Sioux Falls McKennan hospital since May 31. He has been a very good patient considering that it is summer and a farmer stuck in room. This can be a very serious situation so please say a little prayer to get this farmer back out where he belongs! Sister Janice

11:34 AM  
Blogger crimsonfarm1 said...

This is my oldest brother. I am sure it is hard to believe that someone would milk cows for 47 years! I remember the the "big" change to pipeline milking to make it easier. Now the bulk tank sits empty and idle. It definitely was a sad day to see the cows loaded and the end of a labor of love for milking. But we know farmers always have other things to do.
Roger has pancreatitis and is fighting very hard to get better. He has been in the Sioux Falls McKennan hospital since May 31. He has been a very good patient considering that it is summer and a farmer stuck in room. This can be a very serious situation so please say a little prayer to get this farmer back out where he belongs! Sister Janice

11:35 AM  

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