Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day is Everyday

                                          Down on the dairy farm, Earth Day is everyday.
                                            Every day in each season  is filled with tasks
                                         that utilize the land for sustaining our family farm.
                                       It's our job as caretakers of the Earth to use our natural
                                            resources wisely and strive to leave the land in
                                                 better condition for the next generation.
                                       As farmers, we take our job seriously  and recognize
                                       that we are blessed to have the responsibility of being
                                               caretakers of the Earth and producers of food
                                                              for families across America.

                                                                Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Watching my family of farmers work together vaccinating and worming 
cattle with  our veterinarian  is one of my favorite spring
 time pictures down on the dairy farm. 
These periodic checkups and vaccinations work to prevent illness 
and insure high-quality milk from healthy cows.

After receiving vaccinations, the calves are sorted and moved to new pastures.

When moving calves to new pastures it is not uncommon for
 them to find the hole in the fence that the farmer missed seeing.

I'm very  thankful for the great neighbors that live around us.
They not only call to let us know we have cattle out but offer help 
in rounding them up so we can haul them home until the fence is repaired.

                                            There's no doubt, dairy farmers are on call 24/7.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Just when we thought winter was over,
it snowed.

I'm thankful that it was just a little April snow
that  melted in a few short hours,

that all of the new calves born during this crazy  weather week 
 have been born without complications,

real spring is finally emerging just in time for
the two year old to teach us a few new ways

                                                       to enjoy life down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last week I was invited to speak to students at Kirksey Middle School 
about dairy farming. Students at this school are involved in the
 Fuel Up to Play 60 program that is proudly sponsored by the dairy checkoff,
 the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.

I am thankful for this in-school health and wellness program that 
encourages physical activity and good nutrition among youth and 
utilizes our dairy farmer dollars to make a difference for all of us.

I never get tired of sharing  about our Spotted Cows,
 life down on the dairy farm and how we work
 everyday to produce high-quality milk.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April's Foodie Holidays

Had you heard that April brings a lot more than  showers and spring flowers?
According to my friends at Midwest Dairy and the Kansas Farm Food Connection,
we've got  5 Foodie Holidays to enjoy in April!

April 2--National PB and J Day

   April 11--National Cheese Fondue Day

 April 12--National Grilled Cheese Day

 April 20--National Cheddar Fries Day

     April 30--National Oatmeal Cookie Day

It's no April Fool's joke...
each special holiday is made for enjoying dairy foods!

                                          I'm pledging to celebrate these special  dairy holidays.
                                                                     How about you?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Dairymom'sThankful Thursday

                        What's not to love about this picture of spring down on the dairy farm!

We have calves born through out the year but spring calving adds a 
little more stress as we closely watch our heifers give birth to their first calf.
We're on call 24/7  to ensure a healthy delivery.

I'm thankful for the awesome responsibility we have to care
 for our cows, heifers and calves and  to share the life experiences with 
the next generation of our family farm.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Talk Saves Lives

Did you know that people working in agriculture are on the list for being the highest risk for suicide?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people working in agriculture, which includes farmers,farm laborers,ranchers,fishermen and lumber harvesters, take their lives at a higher rate than any other occupation.  I did not realize this until  listening to a presentation at the Arkansas Farm Bureau Women's Leadership conference earlier this month.

Suicide. It's not anything I want to really think about or talk about but it is a reality that I want to understand and learn how to help myself, my family and my friends. Suicide is a health issue. It can be the result of a genetic risk, depression, prolonged stress or a combination of these factors.

It's easy to see why farmers are at high risk for suicide.According to Mike Rosman, an Iowa farmer and psychologist who has dedicated a great part of his life to helping farmers in crisis states," people engaged in farming have a strong urge to supply essentials for human life, such as food and materials for clothing,shelter, fuel and to hang on to their land and other resources needed to produce these goods at all cost. When farmers can't fulfill  this purpose, they feel despair. The drive that makes a farmer successful is the same that increases factors that sometimes lead to suicide."

We never really know how others may be thinking or feeling but if you are aware of changes in how they are talking, behaving or exhibiting increased moodiness, it's time to talk. It's been found that --Talk Saves Lives.

 During these stressful times for those of us involved in agriculture or any other occupation, it's critical to make mental health a priority. Self care strengthens our mental health. Make a point to get exercise,  the proper amount of sleep, consume a healthy diet and manage  stress. When things just don't seem right--see a doctor, get an evaluation, discuss treatment options and find what works best for you.

It's never too late to reach out for help. Talk Saves Lives.

You can find help by  contacting  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or
use the crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.