Oftentimes people ask me what my favorite part of my job as Alice in Dairyland is. My answer is always the same: meeting incredible people who love Wisconsin agriculture just as much as I do.
After this year I know that I will be able to walk away with many new friends. Recently I visited Four T Acres and the Gruenert family. I met Jean and Richard Gruenert at the 2017 Farm Technology Days. Our friendship started when I asked to interview them about their Scottish Highlands. We shared a lot of laughs and stayed in touch throughout the last few months. Finally, I was able to visit them at their farm in Burlington, Wisconsin.
I've always had a special place in my heart for these shaggy cows. In 2003, Four T Acres introduced nine animals to their land and fell in love with this gentle, docile and very manageable breed. Today they now own close to 80 purebred Scottish Highlands. They show at the local, state and national level.
Touring their farm was an incredible experience. Their cattle live on beautiful pastureland on the edges of Racine, Kenosha and Walworth County. We stood outside for hours talking, laughing and interacting with their cattle. Their passion for the breed and their cattle is incredible. They love what they do and the cattle that they raise. They help feed their community as they also sell their beef in quarters, halves, or whole steers. Four T Acres and the Gruenert family are another example of Wisconsin farmers and agriculturists who care about feeding the world and human progress.