Bailey Boyert - #AgMoms
We're celebrating the moms in agriculture.
We interviewed 10 #AGMOMS. Each were asked 5 questions. Our goal? To inspire long-time mothers, new mothers, and aspiring mothers who feel overwhelmed, over worked, or moms who just need a little encouragement.
Mom #4: Bailey Boyert
"Once I leave work, I go to my "other job" - the farm. While the farm could be considered "another job" - it's really a blessing."
You are a brand new mom and own a cattle business with your husband and family. How do balance your time with “new mom duties” and responsibilities with the cattle?
The answer is, it's hard. To be honest, in the winter with the shorter days, I have never been able to help with the cattle operation as much because I'm at work while it is light outside. So as the days start to get longer and the weather starts to get nicer, I will have to really start make decisions on "mom duties" versus cattle duties - or figuring out how to mix them. Before Sloan got here, I was really worried I'd miss the everyday grind and long hours in the barn but having her definitely gave me a new look at life. She and our family are the most important and cattle come second. Naturally though, cattle are our passion and our livelihood, so we try to blend family and cattle best we can.
Sloan already gets to go in the barn with you, but what are some of the ways you and Jared plan to teach her to care for the cattle and the importance of agriculture?
From the start, we've just taken Sloan with us most places we go. Since its been a bit nicer weather, she rides in a backpack carrier with me. We can only hope by exposing her to the cattle industry and agriculture that she will naturally have the love her parents have for it. If she does love it and decides to show in the future, there won't be any easy passes. We still want to make sure our customers are taken care of first and then see how we can provide her an opportunity to show. Jared and I are big believers that she will need to do the work - day in and out. Of course there is a different balance of this when they are 5 years old versus 12, but if she isn't in the barn washing, brushing and blowing - she won't be showing. We hope that teaches her the value of hard work and hopefully the rewards that can come with effort. We both grew up in great breed organizations too so we hope those programs, along with FFA and 4-H, provide her a good understanding of the value the agriculture industry has on the world.
What are some of your favorite memories as a child growing up around cattle and what are some you look forward to making with Sloan?
Sounds cliché but I'd say the memories in the barn are definitely pretty special. Kennedy and I were fortunate to grow up with our cousins that were older than us. We got to see first hand the amount of effort it takes. I hope Sloan values the time in the barn and most of all enjoys it and wants to show her friends her hobby (if she chooses to show). Then of course, we always looked forward to Junior Nationals. We went to Maine/Chi junior nationals every year and it is amazing the friendships that can happen in a week and then can continue throughout the rest of your life. We haven't figured out what breed Sloan will show yet but we want her to be able to go to the same junior nationals every year so she can also experience that close-knit family.
What do you think you and your family would be doing if you weren't involved with agriculture?
I think about this a lot. I have no idea but one thing is for certain - I'm glad we are involved. I often question what people do in their evenings after work if they don't have a farm to go home to. Once I leave work, I go to my "other job" - the farm. While the farm could be considered "another job" - its really a blessing.
Can you share some advice for #AgMoms who want to start having children but are hesitant to leave behind some of the things they get to do around the farm, ranch, or show barn?
Truthfully, I also took pride in being pretty involved in our operation. I used to know every cow (even the recips) and then most of their pedigrees from heart. The combination of our operation growing and having Sloan has left me a little bit out-of-the loop. While that is tough, it has actually been a lot easier than I thought to accept that. I've learned some things don't matter as much so don’t stress those, rather spend the time you do have on staying as close as you can. My mom stayed at home with us girls and ran the farm. She talks about the hours we would spend in our car seat in the alley of the barn watching her wash heifers or strapped to her back while she is doing chores. I promise you, you won't get to do as much as you used to but doing it with them, makes it so much more fun. My biggest piece of advice would be to take help others offer you so you can still enjoy your passion of your operation. We are lucky to live right next to my parents so while on maternity leave, I could take some hours in the day and go help wash calves while my mom would watch Sloan. Sometimes breaks help you be a better mom. Even though Sloan got her fair share of having to tag along calving and taking care of baby calves this winter, sometimes using them as an excuse to stay inside at 3 am when there is a calf to be pulled is a nice excuse. :)
4 down, 6 to go! Stay tuned for the next 6 #AGMOMS!