Family:
Gingg

Location:
Friona, Tx

Experience:
Third-generation dairyman

It’s a dream come true to have your own children involved in something you spent your life doing.

When Rocky and Liz Gingg started in the dairy business, they weren’t sure if they should build a house on the farm or live in the country club.

Liz, a city girl from Tempe, Arizona, asked her father-in-law, who said, “Well, the best thing for the kids is to be on the farm.”

Decision made.

“Life on the farm is a lot different than life in the city,” Liz says. “It’s a lot harder. But you can’t replace what it gives you.”

One thing it gave them was a tight family bond; daughter Crystal and her husband, Nathan, joined her parents on the Del Rio Dairy about a year and a half ago.

“It’s a dream come true,” Rocky says, “to have your own children involved in something you spent your life doing.”

Nathan, city boy turned dairy manager, brings a strong business background to the farm, but says his favorite part is working with the animals. His first concern is their well-being.

“A cow that’s comfortable – a cow that’s well taken care of – is a valuable asset. You take care of her, she takes care of you.”

Crystal’s favorite part of her job as bookkeeper is being with her husband and family every day.

“I make my dad and husband lunch every day,” she says. “I can bring our kids to work, too, and we can just be together and have fun together while we’re working.”

That beats country club living any day in her book.