The hours are long, the schedule is unpredictable. It’s not glamorous and it certainly isn’t easy.
Being a farm dad is a role like no other where “family time” is far from down time.
It’s working alongside the kids in all seasons – feeding animals, cleaning barns, prepping fields, planting crops, baling hay.
It’s teaching them an unwavering work ethic, love of the land and a respect for the circle of life. Just like his dad taught him.
It’s early mornings and late nights. It’s missing school events and dinner around the kitchen table.
It’s a dedication and passion that’s passed on to the young eyes looking up to him.
Tara Vander Dussen, the New Mexico Milkmaid, is in awe of a certain farm dad. I was fortunate to meet Tara on the family dairy farm, Rajen Dairy, in Eastern New Mexico, where she spoke highly of her father-in-law as an amazing role model to his sons.
Tara and her husband Daniel are in partnership with his parents and five of their six sons who look to their dad for guidance as they each hone specialties to ensure the highest standards of animal care.
As we celebrate the dads in our lives this Father’s Day, Tara shares her enthusiasm for life on a dairy farm, her family and a father who leads the way.