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


                                             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

                                                         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
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


                                                   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,


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.