Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


What's up Buttercup ?
I don't know the origin of that phrase but if you have noticed there is a lot 
of Buttercup weed in pastures all across Northwest Arkansas.
It's not unusual to see some Buttercup weed in the spring, but
this year's crop is outstanding! 
It is pretty but unfortunately, it is a weed and will require a plan
to get rid of it. Pasture management is  an ongoing
job of every farmer and changes each year with our always 
changing weather conditions.



I'm thankful for the science and research that provide
the ways to manage pastures safely and effectively
and the help farmers receive from our Benton County Extension
 agents in making management decisions that impact our farms.





Saturday, May 11, 2019

Happy Mother's Day


I'm looking forward to sitting around the table with my family
in celebration of Mother's Day.
It's our family tradition down on the dairy farm.

As I have been making preparation for our gathering,
it has been a sweet time of reflection of how 
blessed I am to have a sweet Mother who  loves me,


a mother-in-love who  raised the farmer I married,
  and the opportunity to be a mother and a grandmother. 



                                                       Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

A new calf doesn't always follow Mama 
but you can usually count on 


Mama to show up if you get a little too close.
I have great respect and appreciation  for this maternal instinct.


I'm thankful that we have the opportunity to enjoy 
the land and animals  that live with us and around us.


                                            We love the land and work to protect our natural
                                                       resources down on the dairy farm.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Don't you just love the month of May?
Spring showers bring the beautiful flowers, budding trees,
green grass and the all too prevalent allergies.

Although my Mother  transplanted the iris from the garden 
last spring to the bottom of the mailbox, we were not
really sure what color iris would bloom.
To our surprise, the blooms are in the shades of purple.

I'm thankful for the daily reminders of how God is in control.


Today's scripture on my kitchen calendar emphasized my thoughts:
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of these. 
If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow
is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, 
O you of little faith?"
                   --Luke 12:27-28


                                                 From down on the dairy farm, Happy May!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Even though you don't see any black spots on this new calf, it is a Holstein.
There's nothing prettier than a pure  white calf  on bright spring green grass.
Each calf is unique and has characteristics of its parents.
In fact, every calf's spots or markings are unique to them.

What I love about all of the dairy cows, no matter what kind or color,
they provide us with delicious, nutritious  milk.


I'm thankful for the new spring calf crop
and the milk that is produced for all of us to enjoy.


What kind of world would it be without 
butter and cream cheese to use when baking Easter
 goodies like Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling?
                               
                                                     

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Earth Day is Everyday

Everyday is Earth Day down on the dairy farm. 

We celebrate Earth Day by how we provide everyday care
 for the land by utilizing science and best management
 practices that make economic sense, help the environment
  and are socially responsible to our community.

Everything we do makes a difference  such as:

protecting air quality by following proper manure storage practices,


recycling manure to fertilize crop and pasture land,


growing crops with recycled manure that builds the
organic materials in the soil and improves water retention,
and

reducing the carbon footprint of milk by 63 percent due to 
improvements in animal feeding,animal health programs
and overall farm management practices.
                                             
                                                           When you get right down to it,
                                                      we celebrate Earth Day Everyday,
                                                            for the next generation.
                                                             

Happy Earth Day Everyday!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

We experience new life on the dairy  farm year round, 
but there's nothing like seeing new calves born in the spring
on a carpet of new green grass and the beauty around us. 

Our expectant mothers have been watched closely 
   to insure a healthy delivery.
 It's always exciting to meet our new baby!


Our days are filled with routine chores and common every
day challenges but I'm thankful for the blessings of new life,
for the smiles and laughter of children
and


                                                           the Hope of the Easter season.

                                                             From down on the dairy farm,
                                                               Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Tractors are used every day down on the dairy farm for a variety of jobs.
Although we have more than one tractor, the little Ford tractor 
serves to bring the dairy  cows to the milking barn twice each day.
No doubt it's  a priority to repair the wheel. 

Unfortunately, we don't plan on these common events
but it does teach us about being flexible and making the most 
of every day--good or bad.
I'll admit, I'm still a student on handling being flexible.


When we are most discouraged or hit with an unexpected event,


I'm thankful for the signs  and  gifts God
freely provides to us on a daily,moment by moment schedule.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Farmer

Ever heard of Action Jackson?
Well, this is the Arkansas Farm Bureau version of  Action Jackson,
that is, Matt Jackson, Agriculture Educator!

Kindergarten students at Pea Ridge Primary School
listened intently to all that Mr. Matt shared with them about
 the dairy cow and how to milk her. 

     My job was easy--I was the local dairy farmer
who brought Cow hats,coloring books and crayons provided by
Midwest Dairy!
Hugs and smiles from a child definitely give you star power.

                                       
                                            I'm thankful for the portion of our Farm Bureau
                                            membership dollars that are spent for educating
                                             children and  adults  and for the opportunities
                                                            to share our agriculture story.
           
                                         

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


It was the perfect spring morning to walk across the pasture to 
find this baby snuggled down in the loose hay around the manger.
As usual, Mama stayed between me and the calf just in case 
I should act wild and crazy or the farm  dogs following me got too close!

                                                         
                                           I am thankful for new life down on the dairy farm
                                                                              and
                                                           

                                                                 for the gifts of spring!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Whether you are nearly 3  or celebrating your 88th year,
birthdays are special occasions down on the dairy farm.

I'm finding that with each family  birthday celebration,
life becomes sweeter and richer as each year passes.


I'm thankful for the sweet relationship I  share with my
Mother and my granddaughter Hattie


and 


                                             
                                             for the birthdays that are just in time to help us
                                                                      kick off spring!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Happy National Agriculture Day!
March 14,2019

Arkansas Governor Hutchinson proclaimed Arkansas Agriculture Week and
Farmers Day at the Legislature on Tuesday.
I felt honored to stand with farmers from across Arkansas to celebrate 
Arkansas agriculture. 
It was also our opportunity to speak with our legislators on issues that impact
our family farms and the agriculture industry.



I'm thankful for my farmer friends and the
organization of Arkansas Farm Bureau



that strive everyday to advocate for agriculture

                                                                 
                                                                              and
                                                         protect our farm family values.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

The construction of the new Bentonville  Walmart Distribution Center 7842 began in 2017.
The removal of the trees between our farm and the new construction site
has given us the perfect view of this completed project from the pasture 
next to our house where the dairy cows wait on their soon to be born calves.
It's definitely a landscape changing experience
and one of sadness when you realize that our third generation 
farm is in the middle of this ever changing environment.


On the other hand, I am thankful for the $171 million investment by Walmart
that will employ 600 people in Northwest Arkansas.

As a member of the Benton County Quorum Court,
I was honored to be invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting
 for DC7842. 


It is an amazing 1,269,000 square foot  facility full of technology.
As a neighbor, I was also interested to see what goes on in this building
that has become part of my everyday view.  


                                I found that our farm and this facility have two things in common:
                                        we are open 24 hours a day and work 7 days a week.
                               Fortunately for their employees, DC 7842 is closed on Christmas.
                                                     
                                                       
                                           

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                                                                         
                                     Making sure we provide plenty of hay and grain for
                             our cows and calves  is an everyday job down on the dairy farm.
                                                       On this last day of February,
                                     with the temperature hovering  around 22 degrees,
                                              the calves were enjoying their hay buffet.


It's obvious that our farm dog, Bea, does not appreciate this  calf contentment.
The minute she spots the calves gathered in one spot, 
she assumes her job is to scatter them.
Doesn't she look proud?


Although I'm not always appreciative of her perceived farm dog duty,
I am thankful for her ability to make me laugh and smile on the ordinary days
down on the dairy farm.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It's a special delivery just in time for Valentine Day!


It's just one of several deliveries that we have had this 
week down on the dairy farm.
I'm thankful for the day of warmer temperatures and rays 
of sunshine that warmed our hands and hearts
and
for the many Valentines that will be made 
with milk chocolate  and cream pies!


Happy Valentine Day!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                                               
                                 Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee
                                celebrated the Centennial of John Brown University  by sharing
                                  information about agriculture  in Benton County during the
                                           early days of the school and current practices.


Presenting our history book about Arkansas Farm Bureau
seemed a perfect kick-off to our Farm Bureau Membership week!


We enjoyed talking with students about agriculture 
and appreciated their interest in learning a few new skills...
like milking Frannie the Arkansas  Farm Bureau cow!

                                                     
                                                I'm thankful for the volunteer opportunities
                                                       that provide smiles for all of us!
                                               

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Although our weather has been mild compared to our farming friends to the north,
we are still dealing with  extremely  cold temperatures that bring added stress to normal
calving situations. 

This new baby was delivered without complication  in the pasture but
we decided to provide a little extra help in warming up.
Our procedure  for warming them includes a short time under   a heat lamp, providing a
warm spot in the barn  and  the usual feeding of warm colostrum.
Tomorrow he will be moved to his individual hutch.

                                       
                                                      You can see he's quite comfortable.
                                       I'm thankful for the ways we can provide care for our
                                         animals during  extreme weather and that we are
                                                              one day closer to spring!
                                                 
                                               

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was understandable that the calves would be a little hesitant to come 
out for their morning milk after a night of thunderstorms,
 a change to frigid temperatures followed with a skiff of snow. 
I didn't really want to come out of the house either!

It's these extreme weather changes that make it tough on our calves and
increase the importance of consistent care and close monitoring
 of each calf to assure health and wellness.

                           
                                   I'm thankful for the sunshine that warms us and our calves
                               and lifts our spirits during chilly days down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Being a "dry" cow means that you are resting and not giving milk everyday 
while you wait for the birth of your baby.
These dry cows  are due to calve within the next two weeks and
 are in the pasture next to our house so we can monitor them closely.

Even though we've had our share of cold and dreary days in January,
I'm thankful for  each bright black and white spotted cow that brighten our days


and

                       
                                                   for the opportunity to care for each one
                                                      everyday down on the dairy farm.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy National Milk Day!

National Milk Day commemorates the day  in our dairy history when milk 
deliveries were made in glass bottles. Alexander Campbell of
 New York Dairy Company is believed
to be the first to make deliveries.

It's fitting to continue celebrating this event because it 
represents the ongoing changes in our industry that have brought 
convenience and a wide variety of  products to give us more 
options in feeding our families. 

From home deliveries


to the wide variety of dairy products available today,


as the saying goes,"we've come a long way,baby."


                                   I'm raising my glass to day in celebration of our dairy industry.
                                                                   Will you join me?
                     
                                                  Happy National Milk Day!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

January 1 started a new year and a new term of serving in the 
position of Justice of the Peace, District 9 in Benton County.

Although this was the fourth time I have been sworn into office,
I am very thankful 
for the experience and opportunity to continue  representing 
the citizens of Benton County,
  

and


to share this moment in time with my Mother,
who encourages, supports and provides a wealth of knowledge 
from her years of service in city and county government.