Passion and Connection
David notes that he’s gratified that each of his sons has had a chance to develop specific expertise in animal care, cropping and equipment. “It’s very unique that they each have a different passion,” he says.
Although their daughter lives and practices social work in Tucson, Arizona, “she’s still a big part of it,” David says. Anissa helps Kris with human resource management and stays connected in other ways. “We always gave the kids registered cows,” her dad explains. “We asked Anissa if she wanted to sell them and she said she’d like to keep them.”
Sunday is special at Carsada Dairy. “We’re usually together,” says Kris. “We all go to church together and then come home and have a meal, maybe loaded baked potato casserole, pork chops on the grill and our own sweet corn.” But clearly, what’s important is the people around the table. “We all returned,” Carl says simply, “because we love the land, our cattle, and our family.”