Fran Fritz on Trying Things and Choosing How To Do Them

Listening to Fran Fritz, it's clear her motto is, "Try." And so she does, even when it means she's the only one trying something. It's a motto that's good for all of us to hear, and maybe take on as our own. Fran was born and raised in Iroquois, South Dakota. After high school she left for South Dakota State University where she worked her way through college to graduate with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Dairy Production. Today, a woman in that field might not seem so strange, but back then, Fran was trying something new. "If I'd walk into a room and there were more than five women in the room, I'd quickly back out, check the room number, make sure I was in the right room, because there weren't women in animal science back then." And things weren't always welcoming for women or outsiders when she returned to the farm. But she knew her motto. "I just wanted to try. If I failed at it, then at least I tried." So, 41 years ago, Fran returned home to the farm after her May graduation, and by August 15, she was shipping her first milk. She milked cows for ten years before switching to beef, and it's been beef cows ever since. Sainfoin is a non-bloat legume that can be grazed or hayed. It comes up earlier than alfalfa and stays green longer. Download this NRCS Plant Guide for more informat

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2 thoughts on “Fran Fritz on Trying Things and Choosing How To Do Them

  1. Re: As a woman she says, “You just have to do things a different way. I probably can’t use the brute force that men have because they have more strength than I have. I have to stop and think awhile.”

    As an older man, “You just have to do things a different way. I definitely can’t use the brute force that some younger men have because they have more strength than I have. Everyone needs to stop and think awhile.”

    Older men learn, too, sometimes.

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