A lot has changed since the spread of the coronavirus wreaked havoc on lives, routines and economies. But on a dairy farm in rural Denver, Iowa, daily chores have not changed, as cows need to be fed, calves need to be tended to and manure needs to be shoveled.
Like many of their peers around the country and the world, the Ebaugh brothers--John, 19, Joe, 16, and Jeb, 11-- are not in school due to virus-related closures. But unlike many of their classmates, they spend the extra time at home waking up earlier than usual to help their dad, Jeremy, a fourth-generation dairy farmer, and their mom, Sara, with milking the 200 cows.
After they are done with the arduous daily work, the boys, who are wrestlers, still have the energy to flip tires to stay in shape. The. two older brothers plan to stay on the farm and help their dad, and the youngest kid is unsure what he wants to do, but it is likely that he, along with his older brothers, may end up becoming fifth-generation farmers.
I interviewed the brothers over Zoom, as the new reality. of social distancing does not allow for face-to-face interviews or visits to the farm, and created this video of our candid conversation.
The story I wrote is also embedded in the video for the record..
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