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Continued: Fitzgerald sisters come together to help run Soaring Eagle Dairy in Wisconsin

  • Article by: AMY HANSON , HTR Media
  • Last update: June 24, 2013 - 12:06 AM

Of course, there's also the occasional difference of opinion to deal with.

"It happened the other day, mom drove the tractor away from me," Goehring joked while describing a disagreement that occurred during a recent rock picking.

"You have to learn to let little things go," Maurer explained. "With family, you know what makes them tick and ticks them off!"

"It kind of just comes down to talking it out and sitting on it for a while," Goehring shared.

During their youth, the sisters recall time spent away from the farm was not in abundance, but they did have their moments.

"They were tied to the farm almost 365 days (a year)," Maurer recalled of her parents operating the farm. "There was enough family involved that you could have a quality of life though." The sisters remembered trips to McDonald's after church and a road trip to Florida, but vacations were sparse.

"It's easier for us to take a day off now," Goehring said.

One thing making it easier has been advances in the industry.

"There's just so much science and technology," Maurer noted. "That's crazy information we didn't have when we were kids." For example, the farm is now able to rank cows by genetic potential.

The farm went from utilizing rubber mats and tie stalls to converting to sand-bedded free stalls so the cows are able to walk around, which created a healthier environment, Goehring explained.

"It's like living on a beach," she said.

The sisters say life on the farm taught them a sense of responsibility and work ethic.

"We all just learned to work hard," Goehring added. "Whether we went out and stayed out until midnight, we still had to get up at 4 a.m."

They also learned from their parents to give back and help out when they could thanks to their Christian upbringing.

"We're fortunate that we were brought up that way," Goehring said.

The family also has learned to roll with the punches when environmental factors turn against them.

"In the good years you have to prepare and know that there are going to be bad years," Maurer said.

"You have to make adjustments," Goehring added. "I always say farming is my gambling. ... In a year's time, my god do we make adjustments."

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