Biosecurity is a way of life on our farms. It is never far from our thought process.
We have come to realize that operational biosecurity is about awareness and action. Awareness of how our actions or inactions may impact flock health. We must have awareness to our clothing, to our footwear, to our vehicles and farm equipment. We have awareness of how close anything gets to the barn and what enters the barn. We have awareness of just how much wildlife, both winged and footed, are around the farms. Our mindset is one of – how does what we do lessen the potential of virus introduction onto the farm and into the flocks in our day to day work on the farm? We weave biosecurity into each day, teaching it to the next generation, in hopes that for them it will be second nature.
Fact: Biosecurity is now a way of life on the farm and has changed many things about how we do our day to day work. However, we feel strongly that the practice of biosecurity will not stop our family from being close to and enjoying our flocks. We encourage the grandchildren to be involved in taking care of the farm. It is through their hands-on involvement with the farm and livestock that they learn practical skills and responsibility. We believe that it is in the moments of working with and caring for living things when the love of farming takes roots and lasts a lifetime.
We hope you enjoy some of our farm family moments.
The Gessell Family. Our children grew up on our turkey farm. They all continue to love the farm and enjoy bringing their children home to the farm. Samantha and JonPaul are now in partnership with us raising turkeys. (Photo, from left: Nick and Marissa with Piper, JonPaul and Samantha with Lawrence and Lillian and Austin.)
Here is Grandpa John with daughter Samantha and grandchildren Lawrence and Lillian taking a moment to watch the birds that were just moved into the finishing barn.
Lawrence just can’t get enough!
Neither can little Lillian!
Lawrence is taking instruction from his dad on how to use the feed scoops to feed baby turkeys.
Some skills take practice to master – including feeding the birds!
Cousin Piper comes home to help.
On the hunt in the haystack to see if momma kitty had her babies!
When Cousin Piper comes to see Lawrence, they just have to take a spin around the farm.
Back to work. Lawrence is in the shop learning to use the vice.
Here are Lillian and Lawrence again, check out the flock!
Oh boy, a sewer clog! Call the pumper truck.
Here is JonPaul enjoying a ride on the lawn tractor with his hands and his heart full!
Our little Viking Granddaughter Lillian enjoying a turkey drumstick.
Our family wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day surrounded by the ones you love!
Lynette and John