We have been on this farm, which we purchased from Deryl’s grandparents John and Doris Cole, since we were married in 1991.  Originally, we raised hogs, but began the transition into the cattle business around 1994 when our oldest daughter, Lauren, was born.  Danielle came along in 1997 and our son JP was born in 2001.  The kids are all involved with the cattle.  In 2008, Lauren showed the Grand Champion steer in the Hancock County Fair – an animal that was born and raised on our farm and she finished as a 10-year beef exhibitor in 2012.  Lauren is now at Purdue double majoring in Animal AgriBusiness and Animal Production.  Danielle is very active in FFA and livestock judging and will be in her 7th year of 4-H.  JP is in his 4th year of 4-H and he and Danielle have both exhibitted beef throughout their 4-H careers as well.  Deryl & I were also both 10 year  4-H members as well as being involved in our school FFA chapters.  Deryl received his American Farmer degree at the 1992 National FFA convention.  We are both involved in organizations that relate to farming and the cattle industry.

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