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Meet & Greet: K*Jo Farms & Kellie Gregorich





K*Jo Herefords & Kellie Jo Gregorich from Lamotte, IA is our “Girl that is Getting Things Done” feature today!   Kellie and her Father work together to run their operation of a couple hundred acres and 60 head of purebred shorthorn, Herefords, and miniature Herefords cows.  They run a cow/calf operation from start to finish until they are ready for the Market.  This is the perfect set up considering Kellie works full time as well. Kellie Gregorich1

I have to say quote Kellie on this because for me to rewrite it would be a shame.  I asked Kellie to tell me about her:  “I’m a blonde hair, blue eyed, ‘firecracker’. I’m very headstrong and believe you can get anywhere with hard work. My family is extremely important to me and means everything to me. Without my parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. My sister always pushed me to achieve bigger and better and I hated it then, but now I can’t thank her enough. I enjoy scrapbooking, riding horses, playing my clarinet, riding my bike, bonfires, showing cattle, and photography. I’ve been called nice, sarcastic, funny, ‘go-getter’, cow freak, and many other things, but those are my favorite! I guess it’s hard for me to write about myself, but if you check out my blog, Kelli For Ag, you will get a better feel for who I am, what I believe in, and what I enjoy doing.”   There is no way to sum that up, She is a strong-willed, hardworking gal who puts her family first, and her cattle second.  I can’t think of a better way to be.

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When asked the question of Why Blogging and Why Ag? Kellie answered, “I’m a fourth generation farmer. For those of you that are farmers, that’s all you need to know. To others, being a fourth generation farmer is ‘kind of a big deal.’   Agricultural has always been a part of my life. It means everything to me. If I’ve had a bad day, a day on the farm can take away all the worries, concerns, and bad feelings. Ever heard of ‘runner’s high’? Well I have ‘farmer’s high’. It’s been in my blood for generations. It’s something I thrive on and enjoy doing. Most women don’t get excited about feeding calves, having a bottle calf, grinding feed, or raking hay, but this one does. In 3rd grade we had to draw what we wanted to be. I drew “Farmer Kellie”. Someday I hope to be a full time farmer and make 3rd grade Kellie’s dream a reality. Farming will be something that I do for the rest of my life.’”  Kellie is hoping to use their family operation to teach others that not all farmers are ‘bad farmers.’  I want others to really see what is going on in farming.

 I want to know your dirty little secret…..ok you don’t have to give that up, but tell me something unique about you, your operation, your family, anything goes! 

“I’m kind of a chicken freak too! I love my laying hens and get seriously excited to go pick eggs every morning!”  I won’t lie Kellie, I’m a little jealous, I haven’t had the time to start with Chickens but someday I hope to, there is nothing better than a farm fresh egg!

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It has been so great getting to know you Kellie and allowing others to see the great things you are doing in Ag!  Thank you being a part of “The Women that Get Things Done in Ag” Feature!  To read more about Kelli check out her Blog Here.  Kellie has also been a part of FarmHer Inc, which is a great exposition on Women in Agriculture through Photographs!  Too Cool!




Meet & Greet – R-Crest Holsteins/Reutter Dairy


Today we are welcoming Jodi McDonnell and R-Crest Holsteins/Reutter Dairy Farm to our blog! The operation calls Big Prairie, Ohio home and is operated by her husband, Tom, Jodi, and her parents. This operation is working on raising it’s 4th generation of farmers with Tom and Jodi’s kids working alongside their parents to help with milking and chores on a daily basis.

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The Dairy operates on 400 acres of land that is used to grow crops for feed, and is home to 120 Holstein cows. This operation is Jodi’s family’s place where she was raised milking cows and doing chores at an early age, just as they are raising their kids a generation later.   Jodi was involved in FFA and 4-H growing up and it was at the farm and in these organizations that her love for agriculture continued to grow. She attended college at Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute and then headed back to the farm to help! Jodi maintains a majority of the computer records for the herd including herd health and calf growth records as well as keeping the breeding program update, not to mention the entire family assists in milking the herd. In their spare time (wink), this family enjoys showing some of their registered cows at different shows around the area.

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When asked the question of Why Blogging? Jodi answered, “I have always enjoyed interacting with the public and started my blog this spring in hopes to reach more people while serving as an outlet for creative writing.” It is important for agricultural producers “to be more available to consumers so they ask us, the producers, questions instead of relying on social media for their information. I think this is why it’s important to have producers who are advocates so we are more visible. “

I want to know your dirty little secret…..ok you don’t have to give that up, but tell me something unique about you, your operation, your family, anything goes!

“I have always thought it would be neat to process our own milk and sell our own ice cream. I don’t know how feasible this would be, but I’ve always thought it sounded like a fun adventure!.”  Who doesn’t love Ice Cream?!

I want to add in a little something that Jodi would not mention if I didn’t.  This family has been through so much in the past few months with 2 of the children becoming extremely ill and hospitalize as well as Jodi’s Father.  There has been a website set up to help defray the medical costs, if you can please help to support this great family through donations and especially prayers.

Thank you so much Jodi and R-Crest Holsteins/Reutter Dairy for being a part of “The Women that Get Things Done in Ag” Feature! Your blog is a great way to AGvocate for our industry!  You can follow them on Facebook or on Jodi’s website here!