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Not all the guests could be on hand for James Eppich baptism due to COVID-19 and closure of the U.S. border, but there was still good representation of Eppich family members on hand for the July ceremony.

Haying season gets rolling in late July

Eppich News: Good rain will help hay and pasture production

Summer seemed to fly by. During the middle of June, Gregory and John were able to work some summerfallow. I took the colt LJ out to check the cows at Landis on June 26. Everybody was accounted for but I found one calf with foot rot. The next day, Gregory and I rode out and […] Read more

Joseph and one of the new foals exchange greetings.

Seeding is finished, cows are out to pasture

Eppich News: The new foals are looking good, but we suddenly lose a broodmares

By the middle of May we were very busy with seeding. We stopped seeding May 16 and split the team to cover more ground. We started the day off very well with the birth of a healthy palomino filly. Then Gregory and I branded our calves and worked the cows, John took his combine and […] Read more


One of the 10 foals expected
 this spring.

Foals start to arrive, seeding underway

Fieldwork was delayed due to later spring

The end of April saw the guys in the field doing pre-work for seeding. The spring has been very slow to come with very little moisture. Somehow they still managed to get the tractors stuck a few times, but nothing too serious. On April 27 I got to ride for the first time this year. I’m working on […] Read more

Cows with calves head to the bunk for rations, as spring pasture is still some days away.

Foaling and seeding season still ahead

Last calf of the season from a reluctant mother

March stayed cold and the cold remained clear into April. By mid-March we had two-thirds of the cows calved out and they were all doing great. The last third of calving turned out to be exciting and stressful. On March 20 Gregory found a heifer calving but quickly noticed that the feet were not right. […] Read more


Plenty of new life on the Eppich farm - mom Heather, with son Joseph and brand new baby James John Eppich, born in late February.

New baby boy joins the family

With calves also arriving, it’s a hectic time in the Eppich household

The temperatures were fairly mild at the beginning of February. Gregory and John were able to haul the last of the straw bales home from Landis. It worked out well because by this time we had pretty much fed all of the slough bales and the bales that were not quite dry when they were […] Read more

Joseph helps Grandpa John with birthday cake duties.

Year begins with roller-coaster temperatures

Hopefully weather will hold for late-February start of calving season

January started with a mild temperature that allowed us to do a few more out-of-season projects. Early in the new year, Gregory and John worked on the holding corral at the Landis pasture. Later we used the 4450 tractor and the post hole auger to put in nine more railroad ties for the back corral. […] Read more


Grandpa John Eppich gives Joseph some instruction on hand position on a guitar.

Even with a few surprises, 2020 will be good

Eppich News: 2019 wraps up with the farm settling into winter

So far this winter as of early January, we haven’t had too much snow and the cold temperatures only last a short while. However, one constant has been the wind. It can turn a nice day into a miserable one, no matter what the thermometer says. In early December we put our windbreak panels into […] Read more



As winter began to settle in and water began to freeze up it was good to get all the cattle home.

Getting hay and cattle home for the winter

Eppich News: Plenty of projects to complete before the snow flies

With haying season finished in early November it was finally time to start some winter projects. Gregory and John worked on cleaning the combines, swathers, and the baler and put them away for winter. They also had to work on the JD 4020, our feeding tractor, and get it ready for feeding and bedding the […] Read more

It is simpler for feeding and watering to have all cows and heifers together in one area.

Harvest and haying are finally finished

Eppich News: Combining and last of the haying were a race against the weather

During the middle of October we were harvesting as much as we could. For the fields that were swathed we usually drove every grain truck and trailer out to the field in the morning, got the machines serviced, and then Gregory, John, and Joseph and I would drive the three combines. On Oct. 16 we […] Read more