From the Fence Post

A corner post in a fence near my in-laws house in Minnesota

Why did I call this blog the “Fence Post Diaries”? Because that is the place I invariably pause to take a look around our ‘lil patch of paradise. I love walking around and looking over the pasutres. I don’t get to do it as often as I wish anymore (three kids will do that), but I still try to do a walkabout once in a while.

I have several fence posts marked. They served at tripods for photos when we

first bought this land. I continue to visit those posts and take pictures every now and then.  We like to compare the pictures over time to see how we’re changing (hopefully improving) our pastures and fields.

Those fence posts are a lot like memories, they mark important spots that you want to be able to revisit. The give you point to remember how things were, what they are like now, and give you a chance to imagine the future. This blog is my way of sharing those “fence posts” from my life growing up and now raising children on a farm.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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