Monday, October 15, 2018
Once we’ve settled into our daily routines, most of us get our mornings going by 9 a.m. For Kyle Humphrey, a dairy farmer from Como, Texas, a big part of his day is already behind him. Humphrey & Humphrey Dairy has been in Kyle’s family for over 50 years and continuing the tradition as a dairy farmer has always been his dream. Despite the hard work and early mornings, he wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
As a fourth-generation dairy farmer, Kyle holds several jobs on the farm. He starts every day by helping his dad feed all of the cows, while his brother and cousin tend to the younger calves. But most of his time is spent on the tractor cutting hay or silage for the cows to eat or repairing equipment. Kyle’s passion for fixing things on the farm started at a young age by watching his father.
“That’s been my job ever since I was a kid because that’s what my dad did,” Kyle says. “I watched and learned from him. Now he still helps me figure things out.”
The importance of family runs deep at Humphrey & Humphrey Dairy. Kyle’s whole family lives within a mile of the dairy farm to make sure someone is always nearby. Making the best milk, from farm to your fridge, is their family business, and no one believes in it more than they do. After all, the dairy foods they bring to your table are what they feed their own family!
“We know the importance of family,” Kyle says, “We make sure the milk we produce is safe and healthy. Our whole livelihood is supported by this farm.”
This shows through their commitment to their cows and the land. Kyle and his family know firsthand that if you take care of the land, it will keep the cows healthy. And when cows are healthy and comfortable, they produce more milk – which is good for everyone!
Kyle and other farmers from the same generation are becoming more involved on their family dairies. With the rise of social media, farmers can be more transparent with consumers about where their food comes from. Kyle is active on social media, where he shares photos and answers questions about dairy farming. He also strives to continue using technology to help their farm be more efficient and sustainable.
“We’re working hard every year,” he says. “We have to focus on quality and managing things better than we have in the past.”
Your local dairy farmers are passionate about their land, their cows and the nutritious dairy foods they provide our community.