Herd Mentality

Taking care of the herd, not following it – that’s Wisconsin farmer Roy Grewe.

Roy Grewe walks down a row of feeding cattle

Dairy farmers are well-known for their hard work and timeless commitment to their cows and rural way of life. But Roy Grewe’s bold move 25 years ago elevated that dedication to a whole new level.

The Wisconsin transplant’s roots are in the northwest, 50 miles north of Seattle, to be exact. During the early 1970s, in an attempt to ease traffic congestion, a portion of his Arlington, Washington, farm was acquired by the state through eminent domain and divided through the middle by a new road. “The roofs of our buildings were literally dripping rain on the edge of the roadway,” explains Grewe. “They were supposed to put a tunnel underneath to get to the other side. But instead, they built ramps, which made it difficult to drive over with a tractor pulling a wagon followed by cars traveling at 60 mph. So we’d take the long way around just to get to the other side of the road.”

Grewe endured the inconvenience the best he could, as long as he could, but the aggravating issue finally came to a head. “It was 2:30 in the afternoon when I set out with a tractor and wagon, and with a half-mile to go, was passed by 36 cars. I turned off onto another road and there were another half-dozen cars behind me. I got done with the feeding, went into the house, and told my wife there was no way our boys were going to drive equipment on that road.”

Something had to be done. So while attending a Guernsey convention in Wisconsin, Grewe took some time to tour several farms. “I just fell in love with the state,” he says. “There was good farmland available, and the base for the ag industry was in place — with plenty of dairy and equipment dealers to work on your stuff.”

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