Farming runs in the blood of the Neyer family. Neyer Farms has been around for three generations with both Jerry and Bryan’s sons slowly taking over the farm. Jerry’s two sons, Sam and Drew, decided to go to Michigan State University for their agriculture program though Drew is still in school. While Bryan’s son, Josh decided to go to Central Michigan University to learn about business and finance. All three sons grew up on the farm, and have been working on it since they were 13.
“Not only is the farm being passed down generation by generation, but so is the house that is located right on farm. Right now Sam and his fiance live there, and once Drew is out of college, he wants to live in that house as well,” said, Jerry.
Though Neyer Farms is a primarily a dairy farm, they do own fields of corn and hay near their farm. They also help other local farmers with chopping their corn, and they do get a compensation for doing that. Not only have they been cutting down corn at their farm, but they have traveled to Bay City to help some farmers with cutting their fields.
If the Neyer’s are not in the corn and hay fields, then they are taking care of the cows whether that is helping with birthing, cleaning the stalls, or feeding them. All the cows on their farm are Jersey, Holstein or a cross breed of those two. They have about 90 milking cows which they milk in the morning and night at 7:30. Neyer Farms also takes care of neighboring farms calves, if the other farms do not have all the equipment or room.
“We occasionally take cows from the Amish that are about to give birth and help birth the calves then we take care of the calves for bit before returning them,” explained Jerry.
While Jerry is not at the farm, he works on his small farm back at his house where he is growing strawberries, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. He even has a few cows at his home that he looks after.
“I leave the farm to come back to my small farm, so I am never bored, and I keep doing this every day because I love it,” said, Jerry.