Thursday, January 31, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Although our weather has been mild compared to our farming friends to the north,
we are still dealing with  extremely  cold temperatures that bring added stress to normal
calving situations. 

This new baby was delivered without complication  in the pasture but
we decided to provide a little extra help in warming up.
Our procedure  for warming them includes a short time under   a heat lamp, providing a
warm spot in the barn  and  the usual feeding of warm colostrum.
Tomorrow he will be moved to his individual hutch.

                                                      You can see he's quite comfortable.
                                       I'm thankful for the ways we can provide care for our
                                         animals during  extreme weather and that we are
                                                              one day closer to spring!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was understandable that the calves would be a little hesitant to come 
out for their morning milk after a night of thunderstorms,
 a change to frigid temperatures followed with a skiff of snow. 
I didn't really want to come out of the house either!

It's these extreme weather changes that make it tough on our calves and
increase the importance of consistent care and close monitoring
 of each calf to assure health and wellness.

                                   I'm thankful for the sunshine that warms us and our calves
                               and lifts our spirits during chilly days down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Being a "dry" cow means that you are resting and not giving milk everyday 
while you wait for the birth of your baby.
These dry cows  are due to calve within the next two weeks and
 are in the pasture next to our house so we can monitor them closely.

Even though we've had our share of cold and dreary days in January,
I'm thankful for  each bright black and white spotted cow that brighten our days


                                                   for the opportunity to care for each one
                                                      everyday down on the dairy farm.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy National Milk Day!

National Milk Day commemorates the day  in our dairy history when milk 
deliveries were made in glass bottles. Alexander Campbell of
 New York Dairy Company is believed
to be the first to make deliveries.

It's fitting to continue celebrating this event because it 
represents the ongoing changes in our industry that have brought 
convenience and a wide variety of  products to give us more 
options in feeding our families. 

From home deliveries

to the wide variety of dairy products available today,

as the saying goes,"we've come a long way,baby."

                                   I'm raising my glass to day in celebration of our dairy industry.
                                                                   Will you join me?
                                                  Happy National Milk Day!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

January 1 started a new year and a new term of serving in the 
position of Justice of the Peace, District 9 in Benton County.

Although this was the fourth time I have been sworn into office,
I am very thankful 
for the experience and opportunity to continue  representing 
the citizens of Benton County,


to share this moment in time with my Mother,
who encourages, supports and provides a wealth of knowledge 
from her years of service in city and county government.