You all know Lisa as our incredible customer service representative and social media guru! We’d like to introduce you to her friend Roxan Sanchez and family. Lisa and Roxan have known each other for over 20 years! Roxan is a true cowgirl mom. She lives and works with her husband on the farm while raising five adorable girls!
Recently, we had the privilege to do a photo shoot for American West Jewelry on Roxan and her husband, Jericho’s farm – Tres Hermanos Dairy Farm. We sat down with Roxan to get a snapshot of a day in the life of a farming family. Here is what she had to say:
How long have you and your family been dairy farmers?
We are first generation dairy farmers. We bought the dairy in late 2005 and starting operating in early 2006.
Explain a day in the life of a dairy farmer?
It’s always a full day on the dairy. The milk barn runs almost 24 hours a day and there’s always plenty to do. Some cows are milked three times a day and others are milked twice. All 1500 are fed twice a day and there are babies born almost every day. Maintenance must be done on equipment and stalls and pens. Milk trucks also come and pick up the milk almost daily.
What is your favorite part of living on a farm?
My favorite part of living on a farm is being able to be so close to what we love doing. Farming is a lifestyle and you have to love it to do it. The work is hard but the satisfaction you get from it is worth it every time.
What is it like raising a family on a farm?
Being able to raise our five girls on the dairy farm is something I am so grateful for. They learn how to care for our animals and see the life cycle of the cows. Everyday they see the work it takes to provide high quality milk and it’s so nice to see the appreciation they have for it even as young children.
Living on a farm is vastly different from living in the city. Growing up on a busy street in town myself and now living my adult life so far on a farm has given me a whole new perspective. I’m so thankful that I have been able to stay home and raise our girls exactly where my husband works every day. The girls and I are always able to go out and help feed calves or see a new calf being born at any time. In addition to the cows, we also have horses, goats and chickens. We can be together as a family everyday and work together and share in our experiences of life on the farm. We’re all in this together and that to me, is irreplaceable.
We were so lucky to get to spend time with the incredibly sweet Sanchez family! We look forward to our next visit with them and wish them the best for their farm and family.