Lauren, now a middle school teacher, says showing cows is a family tradition and a personal passion.
“I love sharing stories and photos with my students,” Lauren says, “and telling them all about the cows to help them build connections with their food.”
Connecting with consumers is important, Austin says. Dairy cattle showmanship is one way to share how hard dairy farmers work to care for their animals.
“We give cows the best bedding, the freshest that we can provide, making sure they have plenty of water, a healthy diet and clean air. Everything that we would like to have, cows like to have,” he explains. “Healthy cows with the best care will produce the most quality milk and that’s what we strive for,” Austin adds.
Now, the young married couple share their dairy traditions with their one-year-old son, Cole.