Meet the farmers
Not one of us claims to be the fulltime farmer here at Blue Rooster Farm but together we manage to keep the cows and sheep grazing, the water flowing, and the fences shocking. I, Julie, have evolved from . Before they arrived I taught history and social studies at the local public high school. Our twin daughters are now in grade school and I am quickly finding ways for fill my extra time with farm work and marketing our lamb, beef and pork.
Like most family farms we do not have clearly defined roles. We do what needs to be done. Even so, roles do begin to emerge. I spend a lot of time at the computer marketing our products and communicating with customers. Welcome to cyber-agriculture! I enjoy helping customers find the products that will meet their needs and tastes as well as providing preparation tips that will bring out the best of grassfed meat.
Roy has two fulltime jobs, he is the district forester for the Michaux State Forest and he works here at Blue Rooster Farm as our herd manager and systems analyst. That translates into many walks around the farm pondering how to improve our operation. Along with all that, he has several construction projects under way, tends to the fencing and watering system, and buys and sells live animals with keen eye for herd improvement. His interest in cattle genetics has helped us arrive at a herd of uniform Angus cows that grow calves quickly on grass.
Riley and Frances have been gathering eggs since they were two.They also help us move cows and sheep, weed the garden, shell peas, and care for bottle lambs. They also offer advice, often unsolicited, on other animals we should add to our operation. Mostly they play and fight together, bounding around with seemingly endless engery.