Introducing the team- Francisco

There is no I in team may be a cliche but it’s true. I am going to introduce you to some of the people here at Majestic Crossing that I work with each day. Majestic Crossing Dairy wouldn’t be what it is today without the work and dedication of many people coming together with a common goal.

Darin Strauss

My name is Francisco Miguel I am a herdsman and manager at Majestic Crossing Dairy, I came to the US in February of 2000 from Veracruz, Mexico when I was 21 years old. 

I never really planned on leaving Mexico, but my brother asked me to come and help him out and I ended up staying. I found a job at a golf course and I really enjoyed it because I like to be outside. In the fall of 2008 I decided I would try working on a farm while the golf course was closed for winter and I ended up here at Majestic Crossing. 

The work we do here on the farm is hard work, we are always busy but I like that. My job here on the farm is to both manage people and work with the cows. I take care of our fresh cows, I make sure our milkers know what to do, but I also do anything else that needs to be done. I went from not knowing anything about cows to learning how to care for them. I never really planned on staying here at the farm, I thought once the golf course opened in the spring I would go back there. In Mexico I worked in crops and I didn’t know anything about cows. I started here on the dairy part-time because my wife was still in school and we had young daughters. But after a while, it worked out for me to be here full time. So I went from not planning on being here for a long time to now I am a herdsman and manager and my wife and I and our 4 daughters live here on the farm. I had my own plans but God had a different plan for me.

I like my job here, but I decided to stay here because of the people. The people I work with make me want to stay here- the people keep you here. I feel important and respected here. Early on in my career here Darin told me that he wanted me to be the herdsman here one day. I didn’t believe him because like I said, I didn’t know anything about cows. But he said he meant it and then he started teaching me all about the cows. He showed me how to deliver calves, how to take care of our fresh cows and I realized I really liked it. That changed how I thought about this job. Instead of this being a temporary job, I started thinking about what I needed to learn or do to become a manager here. 

Today Darin is my boss, but he is also my friend. He has helped me so much. I remember one day he asked me how I was doing and I told him I was stuck. I had been working on trying to get my residency here in the US but I didn’t have a sponsor. He immediately offered to be my sponsor. I was so surprised that he would offer to do that for me. A lot of people would think he might have offered as a way to keep me here on the farm. But he told me “I’m going to do this because I want to help you. Don’t think I’m going to hold you after you get a social security card you have to stay here with me. If you have a better opportunity you can take it.” 

He did that for me and in 2011, I got my green card. I am able to go back to Mexico and visit my family now. When my Mom called me to tell me my Dad was really sick Darin was supposed to be leaving for vacation. I told him what was happening and he told me he could go fishing another time but my family was more important. He missed his trip so that I could be with my Dad before he died, that meant a lot to me. 

I took a chance to come to work on a dairy farm when I didn’t know anything about cows. But because I did I get to raise my daughters on this farm and they really love the cows. I can’t force them to do what I do, but they love the cows too.  Sometimes we just walk together through the barns and look at them. One of my daughters talks about being a veterinarian one day. She’s still young but so she might change her mind, but maybe she will work with cows one day too. 

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