Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Even though we have a daily routine that includes milking our cows
 and feeding all the animals on the farm, today was anything but ordinary.
During fall or spring calving season, 
it's not unusual to have from one to three calves born.
Today we had a total of nine new babies!

It was anything but a routine afternoon  as Ryan and I worked to
give each new calf a bottle of colostrum and vaccinations to prevent illness.

I'm thankful for these kind of interruptions of our daily routine
that bring smiles to our dairy farmer faces

                                         for the new crop of calves for Hattie  to help  feed!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Emergencies involving large animals can occur at any time in any community.
Who do we call when we need help?
Agencies that deal with public safety.
Last week  the Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Committee,
Benton County Cooperative Extension, Farmer's Cooperative and Purina 
were  involved in organizing a training event  for our emergency workers
to learn how to handle large animals in emergency situations.

Experts in animal handling provided hands on training to 
men and women who work
for our community fire departments, police departments,
 and county sheriff''s office.

                                           I'm thankful for the sponsors of this event and the
                                                   men and women who took advantage of
                                              specialized training for large animal rescue.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September's Smoothie

How are you celebrating  the first day of September?

So far, we're celebrating birthdays down on the Arkansas dairy farm.
I think that calls for a September Smoothie!

If you need a quick,nutritious, refreshment  for your action packed Saturday,
try a Apple Yogurt Smoothie I'm sharing from Midwest Dairy

                                 Apple Yogurt Smoothie

                                                       2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt                                                         
1 medium Granny smith apple,cored,
    peeled and diced
  1/2 cup orange juice
  2 tablespoons honey
 5-6 ice cubes.

                                Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
                                                                 Pour into 2 tall glasses. 
                            Garnish with sliced almonds, fresh mint and dollop of honey, if desired.

                                                          Happy September!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

As we hurried to get the baby calves fed before the storm moved in,
 I noticed this heifer standing away from the rest of the herd.

It's a pretty typical behavior of a cow or heifer  in the process of calving.
On closer examination, my suspicions were confirmed.
Within an hour, without any assistance this
heifer gave birth.

I'm thankful for the miracles we experience everyday
 down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August Hay Day

It looked like Saturday morning was the day,
an August Hay Day.
I could see the determination on  my son's face as he prepared 
the machinery and moved to the field.
No matter what, hay cutting was happening.

If you drove across Northwest Arkansas on this August Hay Day,
it was obvious that many farmers were feeling that same determination
 with hay fields mowed or in the process of being mowed.

We've been waiting for nearly two weeks for the prediction of 
scattered rain showers to move out so hay harvest could begin.
Drought conditions during April and the usual hay cutting 
months of May and June, have created a hay shortage for
 farmers across Northwest Arkansas.

It's the unexpected rain in August that has made our
makin' hay when the sun shines  possible.
It's even possible that August rains will produce enough hay to 
replenish what was lost in our  first cutting.

That calls for a celebration down on the dairy farm
--an August Hay Day!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Can you believe it's August?

That was my very thought as I walked down the driveway and noticed 
these soon to be mama cows resting in the thick green grass.
In June when the pastures looked like we were in August,
I would never have believed that we would have any 
grass going into late summer.

I'm so thankful for the rains we have enjoyed these last two weeks,
for green pastures and growing crops that will feed our 
dairy cows this fall and winter, 

 the  cooler temperatures that are enjoyed by cows and farmers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Sitting in the petting zoo last Saturday watching the kids and adults holding 
the chicks and milking the cow, I thought a lot about the evolution 
of the Benton County Farm Bureau Petting Zoo.

Benton County Farm Bureau has sponsored a free petting zoo 
at the Benton County Fair since the 1990's.
Janice Shofner, our Women's Committee Chair at the time,
had the great idea of providing a petting zoo to educate kids and adults about
Benton County agriculture.

Our first zoo was in a tent under the big old tree at the
 fairgrounds in downtown Bentonville. 
Our current petting zoo at the Benton County Fair is under
 a tall red-iron structure with plenty of room for chicks,
calves,pigs, a couple of cows
 and a lot of kids!

I'm thankful for dedicated Farm Bureau members
 that continue to  see the value of the petting zoo in educating 
kids and adults about agriculture.

                                                     Even our Benton County Fair Queen
                                                                      loves  the chicks!