Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Who would have thought that the lights of the new warehouse
 would be lighting up my bedroom at night down on the dairy farm!
As you look to the east of the calf hutches and the pasture where 
our pregnant cows rest, you can see the new structure. 

This gigantic change to the neighborhood began last summer when we
 realized we could see Highway 12 after all the trees were removed. 
I'm still adjusting to the new landscape

I'm thankful that the cows and calves aren't bothered
one bit by the change of scenery 

                             our commitment to providing high-quality milk by caring for our
                         cows and the land continue regardless of the rapid changes around us.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

The ordinary days down on the dairy farm become extraordinary when 
viewed through the eyes of an inquisitive nearly  2 year old.

The blandness of winter scenery becomes more vivid as Hattie Claire and I 
talk about all that we see looking from our perch on the windowsill. 
We're not talking in great detail about all the ways we manage cow manure to
 help improve air and water quality or how we care for our cows everyday but 
we share an appreciation of all the activities and the farmers working at every task.

This week ,when looking to the left, our conversation was about the big tractor
 working to spread cow manure for anticipated green spring grass. 

To the right we saw  the cows busy eating their daily grain .

Tractors and cows just couldn't compare with the excitement of 
seeing the bright red headed woodpecker in the tree by the window.

                                   I'm thankful  for the opportunity we have to share life down
                                    on the dairy farm with the next generation and to enjoy the
                                                      spark of color in the dead of winter.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It was a dreary,gray,drizzly start to our calf feeding chore time this morning.
As I looked to the dry pasture to see if we had any new calves born in the night, 
I spotted 6 young deer running together at the north end of the pasture
 trying to figure out how to get over the electric fence.

The deer moved so quickly and gracefully.
 I wished I had been able to capture a better picture of their beauty and grace but 
my phone /camera  was buried in my coveralls to protect it from the drizzle.

                                          You can see a faint outline of the deer inside the heart.
                                           It was obvious that fences are no obstacle to the deer.
                                    I'm thankful for the moments of surprise that warm the heart
                                           and send a special message of love that God provides
                                                   down on the dairy farm when least expected.

                                                     Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

We're Open!

We're Open!
There's no question about what will happen down on the dairy farm
when inclement weather shuts down the  normal activities of our community.
Bundled up with several layers of warm clothes and boots to give us traction on the ice,
you  will find us doing what we do every day...

feeding calves,

milking cows,

feeding cows, 

                              taking pride in our commitment to provide high-quality milk that
                              plays a critical role in the diets of adults and children by providing
                             nine essential nutrients, including calcium,magnesium, potassium
                             and phosphorus,in addition to 48 percent of the daily value of protein.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

We kicked off our Benton County Farm Bureau membership drive this week  with the 
signing of a proclamation by Benton County Judge Barry Moerhing to declare
 February 5-9 Farm Bureau Week.

I'm thankful to serve in an organization  that 
promotes and educates about agriculture 

works for all citizens through legislative activities that impact
 our everyday lives in the city, the county 

                                                                down on the dairy farm.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Permitted to Farm

                       Like it or not, rules and regulations are a part of our everyday lives.
                           In fact, we are permitted to farm because we follow the rules that
                                protect the environment for us, our neighbors and our cows.

                 We've been following the rules and regulations  of the Arkansas Department
                          of Environmental Quality with a Regulation 5 Permit since 1985.
                         The Regulation 5 Permit allows our dairy farm  to store liquid
                                     and dry manure that is produced by our dairy cows.

                                Our facility was designed by a professional engineer to
                            make sure that storage was adequate and designed specifically
                               to protect the environment and preserve our water quality.

                   A nutrient management plan that has been designed by a soil specialist
                        guides the amount,source, placement and timing of manure on fields.

                                     Whether you are a dairy farmer or a hog farmer,
                               we love the land, live to protect it and follow the rules so
                                                      we are permitted to farm.