Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dairy Mom's Crop

Everyday on our dairy farm we milk the dairy cows twice, feed all of our dairy cows,heifers and calves and manage any unexpected challenges. This past week we have also added the task of crop planting. Every year we plant 100 acres of corn to make silage for our cows to eat. Corn silage is added to our cows feed ration that is specially formulated by our dairy nutritionist. Preparation to plant a crop takes a lot of management and planning. It actually begins when you finish harvesting in the fall because the equipment must be maintained,parts ordered for repairs and repairs made before the actual planting begins. The corn seed and fertilizer were ordered in the winter to make sure everything we needed is available at planting time. We will be celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow and I couldn't help but think about my own crop. I did not really know what to expect or how to prepare for motherhood but just as we have faith that our corn crop will produce, motherhood is faith in action. I am very blessed by the experience of being a mother. My family is the most improtant crop I will ever raise. Happy Mother's Day!!

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