Hello! This is Martha.
We love sharing our heritage cattle with others. Garfield Farm and Inn Museum in Campton Hills, IL provides just that opportunity at their annual Rare Breeds Show held at the end of May. We applaud the organization for their dedication to preserving history and making it come alive for the next generation.
Since 1987, our family has been bringing Dutch Belted and Milking Shorthorn cattle to Garfield Farm every year we can. Join me on a photo journey through these three decades.
My parents brought Lakenvelder’s Friskie Fancy, one of our foundation cows.
My mother, Winifred, is holding Fancy, and my father, Kenneth took the photograph.
My brother Ben holds a rabbit (named Wombat) to meet a curious Milking Shorthorn heifer (named Sunny B).
My brother Paul holds me so I can ride the sweet Milking Shorthorn cow we called Van. Seth, my oldest brother, sits on the gate on the right.
My sister Miriam and I stand on the gate in front of two of our Milking Shorthorns.
Here I am hand milking Nicole, one of our favorite Dutch Belted cows.
The years go by, but the joy of sharing the value of heritage livestock and the life of yesterday with a new generation is something I am so happy to be part of.