John was raised on a dairy farm in McHenry County while I grew up on a hog and grain farm in Boone County. We moved to our current farm in 1998 and work in partnership with the Cross family, which is how our farm got its name: Cross-Wake Dairy.
We have 120 dairy cows and 110 heifers and calves on our farm. We grow 110 acres of hay and 170 acres of corn – both of which are used for the cows, as well as 20 acres of wheat.
THE INDUSTRY MAY CHANGE, BUT QUALITY SHOULDN’T
As farmers, we have to be open minded and willing to adapt to change. Like everything else in the world, farming evolves. I want you to know that we want to take the time to talk about your concerns about food and farming. But there’s one thing you shouldn’t worry about: Our farm family always does its best to make sure you have the highest quality, most nutritious food for your table.
WORKING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY
We chose farming because it was a way of working together as a family. We wanted to raise our four children in an environment that would foster a strong work ethic and sense of responsibility. Over the years we’ve been able to build our herd into really nice purebred dairy cows. But the most rewarding thing has been seeing our children become committed and dedicated farmers.