In 1886, my ancestors Joseph and Franziska Hammer purchased 173 acres in the town of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Four generations later, the remaining acres of the original purchase is down to about 65 acres and is owned and operated by my parents who also grow corn, soybeans and wheat on additional surrounding acres.
What happened to those 173 acres?
Some were sold by my Grandparents Paul and Beulah in order to purchase the farm from William and Martha Hammer in 1954. Some were sold by my parents to pay their bills or as they like to say, “Put our two children through private school.” (Thank you Mom and Dad for my education).
Here we are in the year 2016, my husband and I are beginning a beef cow calf business in the middle of multiple subdivisions that built up around and across from the farmstead including the house my parents live in and where my husband and I live.
One of our most precious resources is land. Having only a few acres to begin our dreams of farming comes with its set of every day challenges. Especially when calves will be calves and decide the grass is greener on the other side of the fence which is also our neighbor’s backyard. Hopefully we won’t have to sell any more land or animals in hopes of fulfilling our dreams but you never know!
Stay tuned to find out more about beginning a livestock enterprise in the suburbs.