Often times when meeting new people in the small talk it comes up that as a family we farm. This of course in turn brings the question about what kind of farm we have. Right now it seems like we have a mud farm… but we know that isn’t how it will be all the time, eventually the mud will dry up and we will have our regular farm back. When we aren’t running a mud farm, we raise cattle and crops, predominantly corn and soybeans. Our farm was started 4 generations ago by David’s grandfather. Over the years the look of Brock Farms Angus Cattle has changed, but at the roots it all points back to Pappaw Brock’s hard work getting our farm started.
The American Family Farm has such a deep rooted heritage and we love sharing the story of ours’. We are proud to have our farm as a family owned and operated business. We know the importance of family and we put emphasis on it each day. Our family is constantly growing and changing but at the end of the day that is what it is, a family. Growing up we’ve learned a lot from our parents and grandparents. Learning how to drive a tractor, show a calf, mix feed, and about a million other practical jobs around here, but the lessons you really remember are the ones where you’re just watching what everyone else does. We learned how to work hard on the days where everyone was exhausted from the season. We learned how to have a good work ethic on the Christmases we had to get up early and do our work before we could open any presents. We learned the importance of caring for living things the good Lord entrusted us with on the late night calving checks, just to make sure everyone is still okay. We learned the hard lesson that everything doesn’t always turn out like we want it to when the countless calves we tried to save didn’t make it. We learned how to laugh during tough times when the harvest was taking entirely too long and the weather wasn’t cooperating but we all still laughed and told stories like normal. These are the lessons that stick with us, our parents and grandparents letting us watch them do life and us trying to imitate them. Barbara Bush said it best, “when all the dust is settled and the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.” In the agriculture industry we are so fortunate to have friends that have turned into family we can count on. The dust doesn’t get settled very often around here, but even in the dust storm it is good to know we have a strong family to count on. 1 Chronicles 16:34 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” So even when we are mud farming, we try our hardest to still give thanks to the Lord because we truly are blessed to live this life we love.