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,

                                                   
                                                                              and
                                             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 


and 
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, 
but
 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,
and


                                             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.
                                       

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!


                                As I looked across the field late this afternoon, Ryan and the
                                   boys were wrapping the last few bales of hay for today.
                                     Although it's a fairly common picture of them working
                                         together to complete a task down on the dairy farm,
                                                 it is a sweet reminder of how special the
                                                    relationship between father and son.


Working together as a family has its challenges but in the long run, 
those are overcome by respect and love for each other.

                                        

Father's Day gives us a special moment in time to celebrate 
our family relationships.


and 

                                           
                                               appreciate the love that has shaped our family.

                                                        Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It's always on honor to be invited to attend the proclamation of June
 as Arkansas Dairy Month by  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
In today's tough economic climate for dairy farmers, Governor Hutchinson
 must have felt our need for encouragement when he spoke at this year's event.
"Dairy farmers are strong, they are survivors. I am proud to recognize
 their efforts during Arkansas Dairy Month."


Julie Griffin, our Arkansas Farm Bureau Dairy Ambassador,
will receive this year's proclamation in appreciation for her 
service promoting dairy in a variety of ways for the last two years.


Members of the newly established Arkansas Dairy Recruitment 
Task Force also joined us for the celebration of June Dairy Month.
 The task force is working to  assimilate information and resources that
 would be beneficial to existing Arkansas dairy farmers or farmers from
 other  states interested in relocating to Arkansas.

I'm thankful for the support of Governor Hutchinson, Arkansas Farm Bureau
 and the  Arkansas Department of Agriculture  in working to sustain 
and recruit dairy farms in our great state.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Twenty nine years ago a few  Benton County dedicated to 
dairy volunteers began what  we know as Dairy Days 
in the month of June. 

The reason for beginning Dairy Days was to provide another event
 for 4-H and FFA kids to show their dairy cattle and provide more 
dairy learning experiences.  Twenty-nine years later, 
the purpose is the same with expansion to include kids from 4 states.

 4-State Dairy Days  is an all youth dairy show  and competitions for
 kids from Oklahoma,Kansas,Missouri, and Arkansas promoting youth 
participation in dairy cattle showing and dairy educational events. 

I'm thankful for the dedicated organizers and businesses that support 
4-State Dairy Days,


 for the multi-generation family members involved in dairy activities,


for the skills learned with dairy project animals,


and 
for the life lessons learned by caring for dairy 
animals in a fun family oriented environment.

Friday, June 1, 2018

World Milk Day 2018

Have you heard...
It's World Milk Day!

Well, it's more than that. 
We also are celebrating the start of June Dairy Month! 
According to Midwest Dairy,
National Dairy Month  
is the perfect time to celebrate foods made from milk.
 From pizza to parfaits and chocolate milk to cheese plates,
 dairy is a part of all the things you love to eat. 
After all, the best memories are made over milkshakes! 

Down on the dairy farm, 
we celebrate every day with our cows 
and today we raise our glass to them!








                       
                                                    Happy World Milk Day!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It's easy to get so busy and involved with work and life schedules 
that you miss the special moments that can never be recaptured.

I'm thankful for the moments we've spent in the beautiful month 
of May with Hattie wandering around the flower gardens just
 enjoying her curiosity 
 about the ladybugs and picking any flower she sees,


to experience the fun of family events that involve
 cake,ice cream and candles,


and


to celebrate  all birthdays down on the dairy farm.

                                       
                                                 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Freedom to Farm

My Country,'Tis of Thee

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing: 
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims pride.
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring.
                                          --Samuel F. Smith

                                                                   
                                     Words are inadequate to express my thanks and gratitude
                                       for the men and women who have given their lives to
                                                          insure our  American freedoms.
                                         

May we never forget.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Spring harvest of our wheat crop down on the dairy farm  started this week.
It's a process dependent on timing and weather from start to finish.

You want to cut when there's no chance for rain so it can 
have a little drying time after cutting and it stays dry until it is 


chopped,


hauled from the field to the silo,


and packed  into the pit silo.


                                       I'm thankful for the great weather we've had this week
                                       and for the good wheat crop that our  dairy cows will enjoy
                                                                   through the summer.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last week members of  our Benton County  Farm Bureau 
Women's Leadership Committee spent the morning at 
Mathias Elementary with 4th and 5th grade students to provide 
information about Arkansas agriculture.

It's always fun to milk Frannie the Arkansas Farm Bureau cow.
Frannie is  the perfect cow  for school visits because  she doesn't
kick or swish her tail in your face when milking!

I'm thankful for the opportunity to share how 
milk is produced on our Arkansas dairy farm


and




to live on the farm and care for the animals that
 provide high-quality nutritious milk.












Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

A Mother's Love

A mother's love is special
It's present every day.
A gift that came from heaven
That God has sent our way.
Her job is never ending
She's there all day and night. 
To be there for her children 
An be their guiding light. 
Her thoughts are with them always
Even if they are apart.
Her children have a special place
Deep down inside her heart.
Mother's are a special gift-
A gift from up above,
This world would seem so empty
Without a Mother's Love.
                                    --T. Entzminger


From down on the dairy farm...



                                       
                                                        Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

There's no other month quite like May down on the dairy farm.
All of a sudden, everything  needs to be done at once.
Everything includes not only milking twice a day and caring for 
our cows,heifers and calves but also hay cutting,wheat harvesting
 and corn planting.
Our feeling of being out of control happens every year but
                                        as crazy as it sounds, I still love the month of May.

I'm thankful for the new calves that are being born almost on a daily schedule,


for the smell of the first cutting of hay,
             

and 
for the appearance of the old fashioned flowers that 
brighten the landscape as we work down on the dairy farm.

                                                                                       

Happy May!