Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It's easy to get so busy and involved with work and life schedules 
that you miss the special moments that can never be recaptured.

I'm thankful for the moments we've spent in the beautiful month 
of May with Hattie wandering around the flower gardens just
 enjoying her curiosity 
 about the ladybugs and picking any flower she sees,

to experience the fun of family events that involve
 cake,ice cream and candles,


to celebrate  all birthdays down on the dairy farm.


Monday, May 28, 2018

Freedom to Farm

My Country,'Tis of Thee

My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing: 
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims pride.
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring.
                                          --Samuel F. Smith

                                     Words are inadequate to express my thanks and gratitude
                                       for the men and women who have given their lives to
                                                          insure our  American freedoms.

May we never forget.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Spring harvest of our wheat crop down on the dairy farm  started this week.
It's a process dependent on timing and weather from start to finish.

You want to cut when there's no chance for rain so it can 
have a little drying time after cutting and it stays dry until it is 


hauled from the field to the silo,

and packed  into the pit silo.

                                       I'm thankful for the great weather we've had this week
                                       and for the good wheat crop that our  dairy cows will enjoy
                                                                   through the summer.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Last week members of  our Benton County  Farm Bureau 
Women's Leadership Committee spent the morning at 
Mathias Elementary with 4th and 5th grade students to provide 
information about Arkansas agriculture.

It's always fun to milk Frannie the Arkansas Farm Bureau cow.
Frannie is  the perfect cow  for school visits because  she doesn't
kick or swish her tail in your face when milking!

I'm thankful for the opportunity to share how 
milk is produced on our Arkansas dairy farm


to live on the farm and care for the animals that
 provide high-quality nutritious milk.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

A Mother's Love

A mother's love is special
It's present every day.
A gift that came from heaven
That God has sent our way.
Her job is never ending
She's there all day and night. 
To be there for her children 
An be their guiding light. 
Her thoughts are with them always
Even if they are apart.
Her children have a special place
Deep down inside her heart.
Mother's are a special gift-
A gift from up above,
This world would seem so empty
Without a Mother's Love.
                                    --T. Entzminger

From down on the dairy farm...

                                                        Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

There's no other month quite like May down on the dairy farm.
All of a sudden, everything  needs to be done at once.
Everything includes not only milking twice a day and caring for 
our cows,heifers and calves but also hay cutting,wheat harvesting
 and corn planting.
Our feeling of being out of control happens every year but
                                        as crazy as it sounds, I still love the month of May.

I'm thankful for the new calves that are being born almost on a daily schedule,

for the smell of the first cutting of hay,

for the appearance of the old fashioned flowers that 
brighten the landscape as we work down on the dairy farm.


Happy May!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

                                       As a dairy farmer, I was honored to attend the recent
                                annual conference for registered dietitians in Arkansas held at
                                           Arkansas Children's Nutrition Campus  in Little Rock.
                             Learning about the latest research in nutrition and how that
                               research  is used in helping patients or clients is fascinating
                                                  to me as a nurse and dairy farmer.

                              Dr. Jim Painter, a conference speaker sponsored by Midwest Dairy,
                    presented a talk  called "Finding Truth in Failed Theories of Heart Disease".

                          The gist of his talk was that by digging for the truth and looking at
                        current research on the good fat in dairy, consumption of  whole
                            fat dairy is most  likely on the forefront of being preventive 
                                                         for cardiovascular problems.
                                           I must say that was music to my dairy farmer ears!

                                          I also  appreciated Dr. Painter  sharing his expertise
                           in wine tasting and cheese pairing during the Networking Reception.

During the conference, I met many of the dietitians and shared 
how we work everyday on the farm to produce nutritious milk. 
It's always fun to talk about how we use a dairy nutritionist  
and share our appreciation for what nutritionists and dietitians
  do for all of us.

                                 I'm thankful for the work of Midwest Dairy to foster the unique
                                  relationship between dairy farmers and dietitians and for the
                              research that supports  dairy as an important part of a healthy diet.