Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Valentines down on the dairy farm come in all shapes,sizes and species.

I'm very thankful for all the Valentines in my life--

the baby calf born this week,

my husband who provided cards and flowers,

my Mother who baked cookies and took the family to dinner,

my family and friends that spent time with me this week,


and 

 Hattie Claire
 

                                                                my sweetest Valentine !

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday



Benton County Judge Barry Moehring signed the official
 proclamation declaring this week as Benton County Farm Bureau Week.
This event is the kick-off to our county membership drive.

                                   
                                I'm thankful to be a member of an organization that advocates
                        the interests of agriculture in the public arena,disseminates information
                        concerning the value and importance of agriculture and provides products
                            and services which improve the quality of life for all our members.


Not everyone can be a farmer,
but everyone can be a Farm Bureau member!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Was it a conspiracy or just an invitation to come play in the pasture?


Even pregnant cows resting in the pasture and waiting 
on their delivery date need a little fun!

 I'm thankful for the moments of unexpected humor provided by
                                             these innocent scenes down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ayrshire Personality

What's not to love about a sweet red Ayrshire calf?
Even at three days old, this baby, that we call Red,  has a mind of her own.


Those ears are not just standing out because  she loves me!
She was letting me know that she didn't really like that
 first lesson of learning to drink from a bucket.

We transition all of our babies from drinking  a bottle of milk
 to drinking milk from a bucket when the calf is three or four days old. 
Once the calf is drinking milk from the bucket, 
we add a handful of grain after the milk is consumed.

It's amazing that most calves will drink from the bucket 
after two feedings but it's not unusual to have a calf that
 requires a little more help.
We monitor them closely at each feeding to make sure all the 
milk is consumed and give them help as needed.I'm pretty sure
 Red will be one of those that requires a little more assistance.
It may be that red hair!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

As you can see,being a dairy farm dog is a tough job.

While we were feeding calves late in the afternoon,
Lily was taking advantage of the bed of shavings.

                           
                                      I'm thankful for the companionship and the smiles that
                                     our farm dogs provide everyday down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Soul Sonshine

It's a rainy Sunday down on the dairy farm but as I took off my rain suit to get
 ready for church, I found myself humming the old hymn,"Sunlight,Sunlight".

Even on a dreary day, there's  a lot of 'sunshine in my soul.' 


We see God's love in his creation around us
 everyday down on the dairy farm


and

                       
                                                            the new life in our family.
                                               
                                                           Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Cow manure may not look like it has any value, but to a farmer, it's liquid gold.
To protect the environment, the liquid manure produced by our
 dairy cows is collected in a cement pit at the dairy barn. 

Our  permit from the Arkansas Department of
Environmental Quality  allows us  to store it in this pit 
and haul it to fields for fertilization.

                           
                                             I'm thankful for this recycled liquid gold that
                                                         is used to sustain our dairy farm.