Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


Most of our cows and heifers deliver without assistance but during the birth process we're keeping a close eye on the situation. This baby had a foot bent backwards that was making delivery difficult and  did require dairy farmer intervention.  
Celebrating birthdays on the dairy  farm is always exciting and  never gets old!

                                                                   
                                                         I'm thankful for every healthy delivery!
                                                             
                                                             

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Freedom to Farm

We are blessed to live in America, the land of the free and the brave. 
Both of our fathers served  our country during World War II and although neither talked very much about the war, we know that our freedom is precious. Our freedom to live, work and farm  on our 3rd generation Arkansas  dairy farm is possible because of those who were willing to protect our freedom.



                             Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and thankfulness for those who
                                        have given the ultimate sacrifice to provide for our freedom.
                        A heart felt thanks to the men, women and families that have sacrificed for all of us!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

What's not fun about milking a cow or planting a seed?

The students at Grace Hill Elementary learned about Arkansas agriculture from members of the Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Committee and our friends from Arkansas Farm Bureau this week. 



I'm thankful for all of my friends who generously give of their time each year to tell the the great  story of agriculture!





Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hay Cutting Gambler

Although I love the May flowers brought to us by the April showers, dairy  farmers in Northwest Arkansas are more  excited to see the lush grass in fields and pastures!



We've been holding off getting started with our hay cutting due to the rainy days and cool temperatures.
Making the decision to cut hay isn't always "cut and dried" when you are uncertain of the rain prediction but it's a simple fact, if you're a farmer,you are also a gambler!
This hay field is a combination of rye and wheat which will be baled and wrapped  and will be enjoyed by our dairy cows.


                                  In fact, I think they've been hoping we would leave the gate open
                                    for them to graze in  this field  before we started cutting today!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Although I was truly spoiled on Mother's Day with  roses,candy, an assortment of gifts
and  gathering around the table for lunch together,


I'm most thankful for the daily blessings I experience as a Mother,


working with my family every day on our dairy farm,


and


                                for the fact that this third generation dairy  farmer chose a city girl !

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Dairy Q&A

Question:

 How long do a dairy  cow and calf stay together?



Answer:

On our farm, the calf is usually with the mother for the first 12 hours after birth. The time varies depending on the time of birth.
The mothers will join the milking herd  and the calves are placed in an individual calf hutch to be fed and closely monitored.

Calves are separated from their mothers to ensure the best individual care and monitoring of both animals, especially in the first 24 hours.
Our calves grow up to become the cows that produce milk on our farm, so we make it a priority to get them off to a healthy start.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope Mother's Day is full of blessings for you and your family!
We're celebrating the birth of 5 calves this morning--a perfect Mother's Day!





                                                        Mother's are outstanding in any field!

                                                         Happy Mother's Day!