“So me and daddy, we built that little barn right yonder. We’d pick cotton in the evening, and we built that barn in the mornings.”
“I picked many a bale of cotton, boll of cotton I mean, pulling them 9 foot sacks.”
When a cotton crop failed one year, they never planted anymore and the schroeder’s father went full time into the dairy business. In 1971 Albert and his younger brother Gerald became partners.
“The whole 30 years that me and him were in the partnership there was one time when one of us wasn’t in the dairy barn.”
Five years ago they had to make a decision.
“It just got to the point that everything got so high and one guy said well you know, as good of dairy men as y’all are, y’all could still make a living if y’all want to milk like a thousand or fifteen hundred head of cattle, and we said , we’ll we weren’t equipped to do it, and we didn’t want to spend the money to enlarge our operation so we sold out in 2001.”
And the best thing about the dairy business?
“At that time, probably the money was cause you couldn’t make nothing out of cotton, couldn’t make nothing out of corn, stuff like that, so for us when we started the dairy business, there was good money in the dairy business.”
And the worst thing?
“When the temperature gets down to below thirty two degrees, and you’ve gotta get out and try to milk those cows early in the morning as cold as it is.”
The shroeders now raise show and beef calves, and show and feeder pigs. And while both enjoyed the dairy
“When I got out of the dairy business I finally figured out there was a whole new life out there.”
And Albert likes the hog business.
“I like to improve them. I see the improvement I can get out of them.”
Albert and Gerald Schroeder, two men that contributed to Grimes County’s legacy of being the land of milk and honey.