Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

We were happy to see Gittlein's custom chopper pull into the first corn field yesterday. 
Harvesting of any crop is a big deal but our corn crop is especially
 important to our dairy cows diet   through the winter and early spring.

All the corn we raise is chopped and hauled from the field to the 
silo on the dairy farm.The chopped corn will go through a
 fermenting process and become the silage that our  dairy cows 
will enjoy eating with other grains and hay.

It was my good fortune to be offered a ride around the field 
with my oldest son Cody.This was our view  of the chopper as 
we drove down the field side by side so the corn could be
 blown from the chopper into the truck.

With three trucks running to haul the corn to the silo,
it gave us opportunity to catch up on a little mother-son communication
 as we waited for our turn to pull up to the chopper.

                                              I'm thankful for the harvest of a good corn crop,
                                      the unexpected opportunities to spend time with my family,

                                                     to share  life down on the dairy farm
                                                              with multiple generations.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

When my job of delivering net wrap to the field was complete,
 I took advantage of the opportunity to ride around  with Ryan
 in the truck and trailer to haul bales to the wrapper.
This crop of hay-grazer will be used to feed our dairy cows this
fall and winter in their daily feed ration.

Even though we work together every day on the farm, 
we're not often all working on the same job.

I savored the moments as I watched the farmers working together.
                                       I'm thankful for this crop that grew in spite of the drought
                                           for the steadfast faith and hard work of the farmer.                                                                               


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Even though we have a daily routine that includes milking our cows
 and feeding all the animals on the farm, today was anything but ordinary.
During fall or spring calving season, 
it's not unusual to have from one to three calves born.
Today we had a total of nine new babies!

It was anything but a routine afternoon  as Ryan and I worked to
give each new calf a bottle of colostrum and vaccinations to prevent illness.

I'm thankful for these kind of interruptions of our daily routine
that bring smiles to our dairy farmer faces

                                         for the new crop of calves for Hattie  to help  feed!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Dairymom's Thankful Thursday

Emergencies involving large animals can occur at any time in any community.
Who do we call when we need help?
Agencies that deal with public safety.
Last week  the Benton County Farm Bureau Women's Committee,
Benton County Cooperative Extension, Farmer's Cooperative and Purina 
were  involved in organizing a training event  for our emergency workers
to learn how to handle large animals in emergency situations.

Experts in animal handling provided hands on training to 
men and women who work
for our community fire departments, police departments,
 and county sheriff''s office.

                                           I'm thankful for the sponsors of this event and the
                                                   men and women who took advantage of
                                              specialized training for large animal rescue.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

September's Smoothie

How are you celebrating  the first day of September?

So far, we're celebrating birthdays down on the Arkansas dairy farm.
I think that calls for a September Smoothie!

If you need a quick,nutritious, refreshment  for your action packed Saturday,
try a Apple Yogurt Smoothie I'm sharing from Midwest Dairy

                                 Apple Yogurt Smoothie

                                                       2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt                                                         
1 medium Granny smith apple,cored,
    peeled and diced
  1/2 cup orange juice
  2 tablespoons honey
 5-6 ice cubes.

                                Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
                                                                 Pour into 2 tall glasses. 
                            Garnish with sliced almonds, fresh mint and dollop of honey, if desired.

                                                          Happy September!