dairy cattle • hay • corn • wheat
The Cross-Wake Dairy Farm
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
About my familyWe farm in Rockford, located in the northern part of Illinois. We have 120 dairy cows, 110 heifers and calves, and grow hay, corn and wheat. We have four children: Kevin, Jen, Holly and Josh.
My Blog Posts
|Baby It's Cold Outside|
|Illinois Farmer Q&A: How has biotechnology changed your farm?|
|Keeping Our Cows Healthy|
"Cows don’t like the bitter cold any more than we do."
BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Housing is one of the ways we cater to these special needs as our animals grow:
- Our baby calves live in a calf barn, each with their own individual hut and curtain sides that can be opened and closed depending
on the temperature outside.
- At two months old, our calves are weaned off milk and placed in groups that live in pens where they have access to a barn and the outdoors while they grow.
- At 10 months, the heifers (young females) spend their days on pasture in the spring, summer and fall. We bring them into the barn
during the cold winter weather.
- Our milk cows, dry cows (cows that are resting before giving birth) and pregnant heifers (first-time moms) are all housed in free-stall barns with curtain sides that can open and close and have access to pastures or dirt lots in dry weather.