Friday, September 17, 2021

School to Farm

We were honored to share our dairy story with University of Arkansas
students a few days ago. In past years, I have done farm tours for a variety of
groups but this was my first tour since  the CoVid pandemic  began in early 2020.
I'll admit, although I certainly was out of  touring practice, I enjoyed
every minute sharing what we do every day to bring a healthy product
to consumers by caring for our animals and the land we call home.

It was just this week that I read on social media a question that
asked what could you talk about for 10 minutes without any preparation.
I decided that the answer was easy if you have a passion for the 
subject  and having the desire to share makes it even easier.
Dairy farming would obviously be my topic!

After all, who doesn't love the story of  a third generation
Arkansas family farm that raises beautiful cows,
produces a nutritious product for families in our community,
and cares for the land !

We talk about farm to table  in the story of where our food comes from
 but this really is  the School to Farm version.
From our conversations during the tour, I hope it gave each
student a new perspective to share about where food 
production really begins.

Sharing our dairy farm is really a delight for me
and I will wear my new hat (and maybe share it with Ryan)
                             appreciate the opportunity to provide a School to Farm experience!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Labors of Love

Labor Day down on the dairy farm, like everyday,
will be full of the daily chores that include
milking the cows,

mixing and preparing feed to provide the
daily nutrition for the milking cows,

feeding the calves,

driving  tractors to complete a  a variety of  daily chores,

welcoming new members to the herd,

checking crops,

and enjoying time together as a family.

                                            Every activity down on the family dairy farm is a

                                      labor of love as we work together to care for our animals,

                                      produce nutritious milk and make Labor Day memories

                                                              for our  next generation.

                                                               Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

If you would like a job filled with variety,
dairy farming would be your perfect choice.

We have the jobs that happen everyday of the year 
like mixing the balanced feed ration for the dairy
cows and making sure the cows are fed and milked twice a day.

Then we have the jobs that are unexpected but 
necessary like spraying a field for the
disgusting armyworms that will devour a crop
in just a few days.

                                   One of our sweetest jobs is to welcome  new life to the farm.

                                                        Finding two at a time is always fun!

I'm thankful for the blessings we find in both the 
ordinary and the challenging days down on the dairy farm.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

One of my morning dairy farm  jobs is serving as the taxi driver 
to deliver the newborn calves to their private hutch in the 
calf raising area.  The calf's mother is walked to the
milk barn to join the milking herd and
I become the substitute mother making sure that 
each calf is monitored closely and fed milk and grain
twice daily. 
One of the best parts of my day is sharing this 
job with my sons. 

It's been a busy week with  one or two calves delivered 
every day and baling hay like crazy. 

I'm thankful that even in the busyness of farm life,
we always have time for celebration with our family.

We managed to celebrate a special "Going to Kindergarten"
lunch and shopping day with Hattie Claire 

 shared a picnic supper in the hay field  that 
ended with watching the  Decatur Barbecue fireworks show 
from the top of a hay bale.
We couldn't have asked for a better August picnic!


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Who would ever think   August 
temperatures  in Arkansas would be less than 90 degrees
 with little humidity! Cooler summer temperatures make 
every job on the farm a little easier.

It was perfect weather for bringing this group of
 dairy cows to the  pasture by the house so we can 
observe them closely and assist with delivery if needed.

I love to watch them graze in the late afternoon.

I'm thankful for these first days of August that 
have increased the comfort of our cows, 


and farmers.

Happy August!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


Who would of thought we would still be working
on this wheat crop!  The boys are wrapping it up this week 
with hauling and storing  straw bales in the barn.
Making room for the straw in the barn was a great 
incentive to clean out old hay and make it handy when  
straw is needed for use on the farm or to sell.

We  also have welcomed a few new calves
in the last couple of weeks.  It's always a treat
to find a red one! 
The Ayrshire cattle in the herd belong to Cody.
His first one was purchased for his 4-H dairy project.
I love it when Hattie and Breck spot these red cows and
calves because they instantly know they belong to them!
I'm not sure their daddy has given up ownership!

                                              I'm thankful that July is winding up and

                                      we are looking to what August has in store 

                                                 for us down on the dairy farm.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Teamwork is part of life down on the family  dairy farm.
While Ryan and Casey moved straw bales off the fields,
Cody was preparing to spray the fields before planting 
hay grazer and millet seed.  

Once the fields were sprayed, it was another  picture of teamwork
as Cody and Ryan added seed to the planter.

With the spring rains delaying our wheat harvest  and crop planting,
the race is on to get the crops planted while we can still
hope for a few rain showers and moderate growing temperatures.

The donkeys even seemed to be working as 
a team as they strategically moved 
close enough  to make sure we didn't have 
any feed with us!

I'm thankful for the teamwork we  experience
down on the dairy farm and for the cutest surprises  
when we least expect them!