Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Committee sponsors a 
Dairy Foods Contest for 4-H members  every year  as an effort to 
promote dairy products and provide a learning experience for our youth.
Each contestant chooses to make a recipe in either the Main Dish or Party Idea category.

As a dairy farmer, I love this promotion of the product we work to produce.

It's always inspiring to see how the contestants use their creative talents 
to select a recipe that  will use as many dairy ingredients as possible,  
 present their creation in a beautiful table setting and describe how 
they enjoy  serving their particular recipe at home or with friends.

The winning recipe of each category will be submitted
 to the Arkansas Farm Bureau Dairy Foods Contest.

I'm thankful for the judges who take on the task of choosing the best recipe,

the 4-H members who choose to learn about dairy foods,

for other dairy farmers  and members of our committee 
who support  youth activities and dairy foods!

                                                        It was an Undeniably Dairy event!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day is Everyday

                                          Down on the dairy farm, Earth Day is everyday.
                                            Every day in each season  is filled with tasks
                                         that utilize the land for sustaining our family farm.
                                       It's our job as caretakers of the Earth to use our natural
                                            resources wisely and strive to leave the land in
                                                 better condition for the next generation.
                                       As farmers, we take our job seriously  and recognize
                                       that we are blessed to have the responsibility of being
                                               caretakers of the Earth and producers of food
                                                              for families across America.

                                                                Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Watching my family of farmers work together vaccinating and worming 
cattle with  our veterinarian  is one of my favorite spring
 time pictures down on the dairy farm. 
These periodic checkups and vaccinations work to prevent illness 
and insure high-quality milk from healthy cows.

After receiving vaccinations, the calves are sorted and moved to new pastures.

When moving calves to new pastures it is not uncommon for
 them to find the hole in the fence that the farmer missed seeing.

I'm very  thankful for the great neighbors that live around us.
They not only call to let us know we have cattle out but offer help 
in rounding them up so we can haul them home until the fence is repaired.

                                            There's no doubt, dairy farmers are on call 24/7.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Just when we thought winter was over,
it snowed.

I'm thankful that it was just a little April snow
that  melted in a few short hours,

that all of the new calves born during this crazy  weather week 
 have been born without complications,

real spring is finally emerging just in time for
the two year old to teach us a few new ways

                                                       to enjoy life down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last week I was invited to speak to students at Kirksey Middle School 
about dairy farming. Students at this school are involved in the
 Fuel Up to Play 60 program that is proudly sponsored by the dairy checkoff,
 the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.

I am thankful for this in-school health and wellness program that 
encourages physical activity and good nutrition among youth and 
utilizes our dairy farmer dollars to make a difference for all of us.

I never get tired of sharing  about our Spotted Cows,
 life down on the dairy farm and how we work
 everyday to produce high-quality milk.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April's Foodie Holidays

Had you heard that April brings a lot more than  showers and spring flowers?
According to my friends at Midwest Dairy and the Kansas Farm Food Connection,
we've got  5 Foodie Holidays to enjoy in April!

April 2--National PB and J Day

   April 11--National Cheese Fondue Day

 April 12--National Grilled Cheese Day

 April 20--National Cheddar Fries Day

     April 30--National Oatmeal Cookie Day

It's no April Fool's joke...
each special holiday is made for enjoying dairy foods!

                                          I'm pledging to celebrate these special  dairy holidays.
                                                                     How about you?