Saturday, April 29, 2017

Birthday Blessings

We're celebrating birthdays today down on the dairy farm!
Cody, our oldest son celebrates his 29th birthday today.
My how things have changed...

but we are so blessed by this man we call son.

                                                           
                                        Birthdays are always special down on the dairy farm!

                                                 
                                                                 Happy Birthday Baby!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

                                              I'm thankful for....
                                 

the pair of Egyptian geese that have come
 back to enjoy the farm habitat,
                                         

the new calves born this week,


the variety of  beautiful  colorful iris blooming,
and

                                               
                                                           for the entertaining conversations
                                                                   with Hattie and Frog.

                                                         Life is good down on the dairy farm!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Earth Day Everyday

Earth Day really is everyday down on the dairy farm.
As I watched the group of calves resting in the pasture next to the field 
filled with milking cows,my thoughts turned to how we have 
changed the environmental impact on dairy farms.

It's a fact that improvements in dairy cow nutrition, comfort, health and breeding have led to significant impact in production while decreasing the overall environmental impact.

Dairy farms today produce a gallon milk using 
95 percent less land and 65 percent less water while producing 
76 percent less manure compared with 1944.

                                   
                                               Our farm has been in the family since 1919.
                            We love caring for our animals, contributing to the local community
                               and most important, producing healthy milk,cheese and yogurt
                                                                for you and your family.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

The cows are going to love this spring wheat!
Weather permitting, we plan to chop it and put it in the silo.
This allows us a quality forage feed to mix  in the feed 
ration for the cows to enjoy every day.


Harvesting a crop is a process.
First, the wheat will be cut and allowed a day to dry before it
 will be chopped and hauled to the silo.

We hope and pray for good dry weather during the process 
and no mechanical failures.
I know, I know,  I'm asking for a lot!


                                             I'm thankful for a great spring crop and for my
                                                   hardworking farmer husband and sons.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


New life is always welcome down on the dairy farm.

                                                     
                                        I'm so thankful for the beauty and blessings of spring!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

When I take pictures like this, I always get a smirk or a grin. 
They just don't understand  how I love watching them work together.

Although the look of a family dairy  farm and the technologies have changed,
we still have the same values of caring for the land and animals.


I'm thankful that our two sons, Cody and Casey, 
work with us every day down on the dairy farm.


                                           I love that they have finally grown into these hats!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dual Purpose Dates

                     Although spring has barely started, our warmer than usual winter weather
                                   has given  the wheat crop a little bit of a jump start in growing.
                                   This spring wheat crop is an important ingredient for our
                                                   dairy cows' balanced and nutritious diet.

                                     Our plan is to chop the wheat and put it in the silo.
                             The Friday night date  was actually a crop fact finding mission.
                              We were looking for the appearance of  what's called the "flag leaf'".
                                 It's appearance would indicate the right time to begin harvest.
                           
                              Knowing the right time to chop is important for making sure
                           we get the best quality forage for our dairy cows nutritional needs.
                                     There's always a method to the dairy farmer's madness!
                                 

I still love these dual purpose  dairy dates down on the dairy farm.

                                    Producing quality forage is part of our dairy farm family's
                                             commitment to providing high-quality milk
                                                      and taking good care of our cows.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


I'm thankful for the spring rain we enjoyed this week,

for the new babies we have welcomed to the farm,


for the blooming trees and flowers that survived
 our freezing temperatures just as the buds set on,



 for watching  Hattie's  excitement in seeing the cows
numerous times a day,


and 

for the opportunity to share our love of the dairy  farm
with our fifth generation.


                                              I can't think of a better way to welcome spring!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

This is what we do on Spring Break...


get together with the herd!


                         I'm thankful for the ordinary but beautiful  days down on the dairy farm,
                                   the first day of spring and for the blessing of celebrating
                                                  my Mother's 86th birthday with my herd!











Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Agriculture Day

                                                      Happy National Agriculture Day
                                                                            from
                                                      down on the Arkansas dairy farm!

                     Today is an  opportunity as farmers to share how we are working everyday
                              to produce safe affordable food for consumers and celebrate
                                                all that agriculture provides to each of us.

                                            Thanks to proven science and technology,
                                we are producing a gallon of milk using 95 percent less land and
                                     65 percent less water while  producing 76 percent less
                                                         manure compared with 1944.

                                             Do you know what hasn't changed since 1944?

                                                 
                                 Farmers still care  for our animals and the land we call home
                                                  and are committed to providing you
                                             with safe,high-quality milk and dairy products.

                                                   Happy National Ag Day!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last Saturday afternoon it rained snow down on the dairy farm.
I suppose we should not have been surprised after a variety of weather
 during the week that included record high temperatures.
 tornado watches and rain storms.

Even the cattle seemed  surprised  and a little confused
 by the variety of weather!

                                                             
                                     I'm thankful for the beauty of a little winter snow and for
                                      the fact that it is  probably the only snow for this winter!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Although it's not quite spring according to the calendar,
we've already started celebrating down on the dairy farm this week  by 
bringing home a few heifers that will soon have their first calf.

Since a heifer has never experienced having a baby, 
it's our job to monitor them closely in case assistance is needed.





                                                   I'm thankful for every spring delivery!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

How could you not love the smiles of 160  Pea Ridge kindergarten students?
That was my thought as I watched each child take their turn milking 
 Franny, the Arkansas Farm Bureau cow.

                                       
                                    I'm so thankful for opportunities to provide information
                                           about agriculture by telling our dairy story
                                                                              and
                                            for  dedicated teachers that bring hands on
                                                  learning experiences to their students.

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.



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Clouds,wind and dropping temperatures made
 the morning seem a little bleak and dreary 
but


                             I'm thankful for the bright spots, black and white spots in this case,
                                                          found down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dairy Farm Food Safety

Single digit temperatures are not our favorite kind of weather
 down on the dairy farm, but so far the calves and cows are doing very well. 
 I am  spending more time than usual observing each calf for any sign 
or symptom of illness that often occurs with the stress 
created by  extreme weather changes.


                            If  our calves become sick and require treatment with an antibiotic,
                            we follow a treatment plan that has been designed by our veterinarian.

                                          It's a fact that healthy animals are the  foundation
                                                     of a safe and abundant food supply.
                                           
                         

                         


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday


The book Barns of Benton County,Arkansas became available just before Christmas. 
It was the perfect surprise gift for a native Benton County farmer.


As I looked at each page and read the history that was carefully collected
 about the barns and their owners, I found myself  filled with pride 
just thinking about the farming families of Benton County.

Little did I know that dairy barns would get their own chapter
 when I gave the authors a tour of the dairy many months
 before the publication of the book.


As our county continues to become more urbanized and more barns disappear, 
I'm thankful to the authors, Melba Shewmaker and Monte Harris,
for their dedication to documenting the barns of Benton County
and 


                       providing the history about life on the dairy farm in Benton County.

                                       



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Promises for 2017

It's a clean slate and I'm looking forward to a new year that for me 
is guided by my faith in Jesus Christ. I already know it will be a great year
 based on these faith promises. 

These are just a few of the promises for 2017:


" For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord,
 "Plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope."
                                                      ---Jeremiah 29:11


"And my God shall supply all your needs according
 to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                         --Philippians 4:19


                                    "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give
                                        thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                        --I Thessalonians 5:16-18

                                       From down on the dairy farm, from my family to yours,

                                                          Happy New Year!