Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

As we hurried to get the baby calves fed before the storm moved in,
 I noticed this heifer standing away from the rest of the herd.

It's a pretty typical behavior of a cow or heifer  in the process of calving.
On closer examination, my suspicions were confirmed.
Within an hour, without any assistance this
heifer gave birth.

I'm thankful for the miracles we experience everyday
 down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

August Hay Day

It looked like Saturday morning was the day,
an August Hay Day.
I could see the determination on  my son's face as he prepared 
the machinery and moved to the field.
No matter what, hay cutting was happening.

If you drove across Northwest Arkansas on this August Hay Day,
it was obvious that many farmers were feeling that same determination
 with hay fields mowed or in the process of being mowed.

We've been waiting for nearly two weeks for the prediction of 
scattered rain showers to move out so hay harvest could begin.
Drought conditions during April and the usual hay cutting 
months of May and June, have created a hay shortage for
 farmers across Northwest Arkansas.

It's the unexpected rain in August that has made our
makin' hay when the sun shines  possible.
It's even possible that August rains will produce enough hay to 
replenish what was lost in our  first cutting.

That calls for a celebration down on the dairy farm
--an August Hay Day!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Can you believe it's August?

That was my very thought as I walked down the driveway and noticed 
these soon to be mama cows resting in the thick green grass.
In June when the pastures looked like we were in August,
I would never have believed that we would have any 
grass going into late summer.

I'm so thankful for the rains we have enjoyed these last two weeks,
for green pastures and growing crops that will feed our 
dairy cows this fall and winter, 

 the  cooler temperatures that are enjoyed by cows and farmers.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Sitting in the petting zoo last Saturday watching the kids and adults holding 
the chicks and milking the cow, I thought a lot about the evolution 
of the Benton County Farm Bureau Petting Zoo.

Benton County Farm Bureau has sponsored a free petting zoo 
at the Benton County Fair since the 1990's.
Janice Shofner, our Women's Committee Chair at the time,
had the great idea of providing a petting zoo to educate kids and adults about
Benton County agriculture.

Our first zoo was in a tent under the big old tree at the
 fairgrounds in downtown Bentonville. 
Our current petting zoo at the Benton County Fair is under
 a tall red-iron structure with plenty of room for chicks,
calves,pigs, a couple of cows
 and a lot of kids!

I'm thankful for dedicated Farm Bureau members
 that continue to  see the value of the petting zoo in educating 
kids and adults about agriculture.

                                                     Even our Benton County Fair Queen
                                                                      loves  the chicks!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Have you ever grown your own carrot?
It was a first for  Hattie and me.

Mother planted a short row of carrots early in the summer.
We thought they had washed away in one of our unexpected
 rain showers soon after planting but to our pleasant surprise, 
five plants survived.

It was a proud carrot picking day for Hattie and my Mother!

I'm thankful  for these life lessons 
we are being allowed to share with Hattie

                                                  the joy a grandchild brings to the family.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Benton County Fair Alive

If you don't think the Benton County Fair is alive,
you should see the activity on the day before the fair opens.
It's buzzing with volunteers setting up for all of the entries
 into categories of  competitions and commercial exhibits.

As I walked through the commercial building today to 
volunteer for the set-up of a booth,
I realized the impact this community event has had on my life.

As a native of Northwest Arkansas, I have participated in the 
Benton County Fair in a variety of ways.
As a child, I rode Girl Scout floats in the fair parade, participated in the 
Miss Benton County Fair Pageant,served as a volunteer 4-H adult leader, 
worked with our sons showing dairy cattle during their 4-H experience
  and  served in  the  Benton County Farm Bureau Petting Zoo.

I've got great memories of not just the fair, but the people that 
work to make the fair a success for our community.

This year's fair theme says it all:
Making Memories and Celebrating Community

If you've never been to the Benton County Fair, I hope you will come to 
celebrate with our community and make your own memories.
Sponsors have made it possible to offer free admission to the fair.
The Benton County Farm Bureau  Free Petting Zoo is open each evening
 from 5-9 p.m Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
You can find the schedule of events at:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

It was  a date with the farmer...
the Sunday afternoon crop check.
Our date time was spent driving 
to different fields that are growing the crops 
our dairy cows will be enjoying this fall and winter.

With so little rain in the days after planting the crops,
we were happy to see this field of healthy hay-grazer 
that will be baled and wrapped in a few short weeks.

As Ryan walked through the middle of the field checking 
for bugs that might be grazing on the crop,
 my thoughts turned to the unique life we lead.
It's not  everyone  that  goes on a bug finding date!

                                             I'm thankful for the rain that we have received
                                                in the last two weeks to save our crops and
                                         for the farmer with unwavering faith and optimism.