Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Spring has arrived!
The grass  greening up, the pollen count
 climbing with all the trees and flowers beginning to bloom and
the addition of new babies to the dairy farm brings an assurance
that there is still a "normal" to our daily life.

I'm thankful for these warmer, sunny days that we have
enjoyed this week and for the fact that
we are #StillFarming during this pandemic virus 
situation that we are all facing together.

                                             I'm sharing a video that I made this week of my
                                   favorite dairy farmer to assure you that we are still working
                                        to produce high-quality milk for you and your family.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

      Although life on the dairy farm this week  has been much the same with
milking and feeding the cows and performing the daily chores 
 required in caring for our animals and the land everyday,
we have all been impacted personally by the impact of COVID-19
on our families and communities.

As each day this week has unfolded with a new request to 
change our schedules or conveniences to protect our 
families and communities,a new awareness for what we 
 easily take for granted has been exposed.

Change can create a lot of chaos but it also brings to light 
those things we hold most dear.

I'm thankful for the opportunities during this stressful
time of change like  the moments of fun and silliness
with my grandchildren

the joy  in  celebrating  my very sweet and special
Mother's 89th birthday!

                                   "whatever is true, whatever is honorable,whatever is right,
                                  whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
                                  if there is anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these                                                          things."
                                                                                         ---Philippians 4:8

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It's beginning to look a lot more like spring with sprigs of green grass and weeds,
 new calves and daylight savings time!

Just the mention of daylight savings time brings smiles
to the farmers because it allows them to work so much later
as we begin spring and swing into summer.
After all these years on the farm, I still need at least a 
week to adjust to the dark mornings and the attitude adjustment
that comes with giving up that hour of sleep!

I've had a few friends ask how the cows adjust to daylight savings time.
Honestly, the cows are champions of adaptation!
 Over the years,
we have tried different ways to adapt to the time change and none
have seemed to really make a difference in how the cows adjust in their daily
activities of eating and producing milk.

If you get down to the real rub, it's probably a bigger
 adjustment for the humans on the farm!

Calves don't even consider daylight savings time when
it's time to be born!

I'm thankful for the joy I see from the farmers with the time change 
that begins  the new season of spring activities down on the dairy farm.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Pineapple Cream Pie

Pineapple Cream Pie

Sunday dinner is just not complete without some kind of dessert. Our family favorite  seems to be pie and I felt the need to break out of the usual pie choices and try a new recipe. For some reason, I was intrigued with the idea of pineapple pie.

When I asked Ryan if he had ever had Pineapple Pie, I learned a little bit of our Centerton  history. Before I even thought about marrying a dairy farmer, Centerton had a couple, Thelma and Dale Woody,  that owned a restaurant business in Centerton on Main Street. Ryan had fond memories of Pineapple Pie made by Dale and served by Thelma. The story definitely pushed me to try the Pineapple Cream Pie recipe. The fact that the recipe I chose to use called for Dairy sour cream cinched the decision!

I had looked online for a recipe but decided to go to my old Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. My copy is nearly vintage now but  the outcome of this pie still proves its usefulness--at least for my kitchen! 

Pineapple Cream Pie

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1-pound 41/2 ounce can
   (2 1/2 cups) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 slightly beaten egg yolks
1 9-in baked pastry shell
Meringue (made with 2 egg whites)


In saucepan, combine sugar, flour, salt. Stir in next 3 ingredients. Cook and stir till mixture thickens and bubbles; cook and stir 2 minutes.Stir small amount hot mixture into yolks; return to hot mixture,
stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Spoon into cooled pastry shell. Spread meringue a top pie, sealing meringue to edge of pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool before cutting.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

We strive to wean a small group of calves from their
individual hutches to a group in a small pasture within
a 10 to 12 week time frame.  
This last  weaned group are a little bit older due
to trying to avoid rainy weather in a winter  season that seemed
like it rained every day! 
Newly weaned calves are still fed grain twice a day
and checked closely for any signs of illness.

 I  am thankful that this group of my babies are adapting
and thriving in their new pasture environment and
for the pride we feel in growing healthy calves that 
will eventually produce high-quality milk.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Once a month for the last twenty plus years, we get what we call a "test"
of each cow milking in the herd.  The test will tell us  how much milk
each cow is producing and a variety of information that is used in  caring 
for and managing the herd. 

My job before the test day is to make sure all the information about each
cow is updated in the computer system so Greg, our test technician,can update 
the system after he collects each sample of milk.

Greg is not just a technician that works for Mid-South Dairy Records.
He is our friend and part of the family. Even though we are both only children, 
we can almost fight like a brother and sister.

For the first time since being diagnosed with kidney disease, 
Greg was too ill to come test this month.
Technician Tiffany, Greg's fill-in, and I worked through our
test day. It wasn't perfect but we managed to get the job done.
I certainly appreciated her patience!

                                    I'm thankful for Greg's love of dairy cows, his phenomenal
                                         memory about dairy cows,  his devotion to his job
                                                         and most of all his friendship.
                                     Hurry and get well Greg--we've got a lot more fighting to do!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was just an ordinary day down on the dairy farm.
It's common to see the cows resting in the pasture but
I noticed several were gathered around the hay manger.

Two were resting, two were eating and one was keeping
a close eye on what we were doing in the calf hutches.

Her posture made me think that she might come over to ask
us a question!

I'm thankful for the moments that we just simply feel
blessed by the opportunity to  watch normal resting activities of 
our dairy herd, care for our animals and work to produce nutritious 
milk for your family and mine.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Have you ever known a dog that gets a ride to work?

Ever since Dudley figured out how to escape the yard 
fence at Casey's house, he starts walking to the dairy farm
and usually catches a ride halfway with Casey or any
 employee or family member heading our  way.

You just can't help but love this guy!

Once he arrives at the farm,
he  is busy barking at the cows, tries  to corral cows
 when his assistance is not needed or stealing any 
one's lunch left in the shop unprotected.

As you can see, he springs into action!

I'm thankful for the smiles and laughs Dudley brings
to everyone on the farm and for the fact that he loves 
all of us unconditionally.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

What happened to our snow?
I was hoping for at least enough to cover up the mud
that we have been dealing with this winter!
The cows weren't a bit impressed with the big snow either.

We have had 2 new calves born in the last 24 hours and both are
doing well. It's obvious that weather conditions are not
a factor in delaying activity on the farm.

Due to the muddy conditions experienced all winter, 
we have unrolled hay in the pasture where cows are calving. 

These expectant cows are always
monitored closely for the anticipated birth of a calf but
with changes in temperature and weather conditions, we 
become even more alert to the need for rapid response
 to provide for a safe delivery.

                                         I'm thankful for just the little bit of snow down on the
                                  dairy farm and for the opportunity to be a part of this new
                                  beginning that is part of  our farm's sustainability in producing
                                                         milk for your family and mine.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Members of  Bentonville Girl Scout Troop 150 gathered together
this week to honor the memory of our Girl Scout Leader Marilyn Bogle.
From the second grade till we graduated in 1973, Marilyn was our mentor and
guide. She provided countless opportunities and experiences that guided 
us to make decisions that impacted our career and life choices.

It was fitting that the members of our troop gathered for
 a lovely supper and cookie toast to celebrate
the very special bond we feel with our friend Marilyn.

I'm thankful for each member of Girl Scout Troop 150,
the life long friendships that might  never have
happened without the love and devotion of  Marilyn Bogle,
and  the example of what happens when you invest in 
the lives of others.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was a snow day down on the dairy farm!
Well, you might call it more of a snow event since
most melted by noon.

The  older calves weren't a bit impressed by the little 
bit of snow that covered the ground. Nothing could stop 
them from drinking warm  milk and eating grain.

It's always fun to watch the youngest calves experience 
their first snow. Most were hesitant to come out of their 
warm hutches but once I coaxed them out with 
a warm bottle of milk, the snow was not an issue.

                                           Regardless of the weather, the calves are fed milk
                                        and grain twice daily  and monitored closely for any
                                                              signs of stress and illness.

                                             I'm thankful for the beauty of the snow day and for
                                            the joy we find in caring for our calves and cows
                                                       every day  down on the dairy farm.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Dairy farmers work closely with a variety of professionals such 
as veterinarians and animal nutritionists. One of
 my favorite professionals that we talk very little 
about is  the dairy cow hoof trimmer. 
In the human world, you might call him your
 podiatrist or  foot specialist. 

It is a known fact that comfortable  cows are healthy  cows.
Hoof trimming provides a measure of comfort that will correct
or prevent lameness.

Our hoof trimmer is a master at 
  utilizing  his skills to diagnose and treat the types of foot issues that 
each animal is experiencing or keeps the feet healthy by trimming 
the hooves for preventive maintenance.

Hoof trimmer Ben sets up his own shop when he
arrives on the farm. His hydraulic chute and table 
will place the cow on her side with her legs
 restrained for safety and  comfort. 

I'm thankful for professionals like Ben that use their
skills and love for cattle to ensure that each of our dairy
cows is comfortable, healthy and providing  high-quality
milk for your family and mine.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Don't you just love a new baby?
Through the month of December we've 
welcomed twenty new babies to the farm. 

Each new heifer will be raised to be the next
generation of dairy milking cows on our farm.
This development occurs over a 2 to 3 year period 
as each animal matures and gives birth to their first calf.

You might say Christmas gifts are given  year round
down on the dairy farm!

                                   I'm thankful for the gift we receive of watching each calf
                                     grow  and develop into a milking cow that will provide
                                             high-quality milk for our family and yours.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Happy New Year!

There's nothing more heart warming on a chilly day
down on the dairy farm than the delight of a child or
adult sharing in the care of a new calf on their first 
 dairy farm visit.

This farm visit was unique in that it was a special request
of my nursing school roommate to bring her niece's family
to the dairy farm while she was home for the holidays.
Aunt Nancy will forever be the favorite aunt!

We timed the visit to coincide with the afternoon calf feeding
so that each child could have the opportunity to
bottle feed a new calf. 

It was a precious time of sharing about the love we
have for caring for our animals and the work 
we do every day to provide safe, nutritious milk.

                                                  I'm thankful for the opportunity to share
                                           about dairy farming and agriculture to consumers
                                                of all ages and for the blessing of friendship.