Thursday, July 19, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Rain or shin, hot or cold, calf feeding is an everyday chore down on the dairy farm.
I'm thankful that my day begins with feeding our baby calves their milk.
It's an experience that always brings a smile when you watch 
their tails wag in appreciation for their nutritious milk.

We transition them from a bottle to a bucket after three
 days in their private calf hutch but milk is fed twice daily for eight
 to ten weeks with the addition of grain and water.

As I  approached the calves this morning, I think I heard them say,
"Got Milk?"

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Before I married a farmer,
a rain gauge was just  one of those free items you received from 
the local bank or insurance company. 
My how time and experience change 
what we think and what we value.

We no longer seem to be offered the free rain gauge
but the rain gauge has become an important and valued tool in my 
farm wife toolbox.

Emptying the rain gauge during a drought 
has become my favorite job!
It's one of those happy heart moments 
down on the dairy farm.

I'm thankful for the two inch rain we received this past week,

for the fact that the rain allowed  time in the shop for machinery repair,

for the slightly cooler temperatures for our cows to enjoy
 even though it was a brief cool-down,

                                             for refreshing our thirsty land and farmer souls.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy July 4th!

We've got the best of both worlds...
the freedom to farm 

to celebrate our freedom and love of country
all in the same day on this July 4th!

                                                              Happy July 4th 
                               from down on the dairy farm!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

July's Favorite Flavor

What's so great about July?
It's Ice Cream Month!

I can't think of a better way to transition from celebrating 
all things dairy during  June Dairy Month to enjoying
 a variety of  very dairy ice cream flavors.

According to  The History of Ice Cream 
 "the first official account of ice cream in America comes from a letter 
written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. 

Manufacturing of ice cream became an industry in 1851 by a 
Baltimore milk dealer named Jacob Fussell. Like other American 
industries, ice cream production increased because of technological 
innovations, including steam power , mechanical refrigeration,
the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, 
and new freezing processes and equipment.

Today's total frozen dairy annual production in the
 United States is more than 1.6 billion gallons."

What's your favorite ice cream  flavor?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Farmers from across the United States gathered in Grand Rapids, Michigan
this week to attend the National Commodity Conference hosted by Michigan Farm Bureau.

It's an opportunity for different commodity groups to share information, 
discuss issues that impact their farming operations,
 and develop potential policy ideas to present during the grassroots
 policy development process of Farm Bureau.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall gave us an overview 
of issues we are facing in agriculture. Things are tough in agriculture but 
President Duvall has the ability to tell the truth and
 season it with hope for our future.

I  met with the dairy commodity group for information and discussion
about trade,immigration, and milk price.
You don't find all the answers at any meeting, 
 we can gain strength and insight from talking
 with others on shared problems and concerns.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with others on behalf of dairy farmers,

to experience  the beauty of other places,

to learn about agriculture in other states,

                                             to be home  down on the Arkansas  dairy farm.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dairy Pride

My dairy farm family takes great pride in working everyday to produce high-quality,nutritious milk. 
Dairy products are an important part of a healthy diet for children and adults but it has been found that most Americans are not meeting  the recommended intake for the dairy food group.
I would love for milk to be your first choice but I know that is not realistic.
 However, I do want you to have the correct information in making healthy
 choices for you and your family.

It's a fact, all milk labeled products you find in the dairy case are not created equal in nutritional benefits.


   Marketing of any product can create myths and misconceptions but it is 
hard to deny the truth of dairy nutrition science and research.

                             Dairy farmers are supporting the Dairy Pride Act "to protect the
                      integrity of dairy products by enforcing existing labeling requirements."

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

I was blessed this week with a sweet but short visit from my friend Nancy.
Our friendship began 43 years ago when we became nursing school roommates.
We still  laugh about our challenges as beginning nursing students
 and the life lessons we learned together.
Although she is an Atlanta city dweller and I am a dairy farm dweller,
friends are still forever.

                                I'm thankful for this precious friend that not only loves me but
                           appreciates the dairy farm and couldn't resist presenting me with the
                                 Fresh "A" Milk Wagon for our assortment of dairy memorabilia.