Hello!!! If you’re new here, Schoentrup Farms is a small farm outside Shelbyville, IN. The employees consist of a husband, a wife, and a great farm dog named Hunter. We are full of many wonderful animals. Currently we have 11 laying hens, over 150 meat chicken, and 4 cows and 2 calves.
Not only are we just starting our farm, but we also have full time jobs outside of farming. If you know anything about farming, it’s not just a hobby or a side gig. It takes time, and a whole lot of effort!! Farming is a hard job simply by itself! You don’t just feed, or plant, or harvest.
For Paul and Olivia, mornings start before the sun comes up. The older batch of meat chickens need to be moved, they need fresh feed, and fresh water. Sometimes the cows need hay and fresh water. The younger batch of meat chickens also need fresh feed and fresh water. The calves now have their own feed to help their stomach develop properly so they usually need fresh feed as well. Lastly, the farm dog himself needs his breakfast as well!
During the day, we are at our day jobs. Paul works construction and then has class most nights for EMT and Firefighting (although that is soon over!). Sometimes, he has to come home for lunch to check on the animals if they are sick, maybe they aren’t eating like they should be, or recently he has come home at lunch because the hot weather has the animals drinking more water than usual so he refills their water so they never get too hot or dehydrated. Olivia works at a bank all day but still barely gets home in time to make dinner and then do the nightly chores.
At night, we are in the barning until after dark at times, feeding and watering again, setting up fencing or preparing for the next day. By this time, the day has stretched long past 16 hours.
So farming isn’t a hobby or a quick fix way to get some extra cash. It’s not even simply having cows because we dream of owning our very own herd one day (but maybe that’s part of it! Ha). Farming is a second full time job that we hardly have enough time for. But at the end of the day, we love our busy lifestyle that we have personally chosen. We thoroughly enjoy taking care of all of our animals, ensuring that they are the happiest they could be.
We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful farm life that only few can have these days. We share our extra responsibilities with you to show you that our products aren’t just great products, but that they are made with tinder lover and care. We don’t just sell a product, we work for our product, we believe in our product.
If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to browse around our website. You can order some product or just get to know us a little better! Either way, thank you for being here, we hope to see you around!