Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Even though you don't see any black spots on this new calf, it is a Holstein.
There's nothing prettier than a pure  white calf  on bright spring green grass.
Each calf is unique and has characteristics of its parents.
In fact, every calf's spots or markings are unique to them.

What I love about all of the dairy cows, no matter what kind or color,
they provide us with delicious, nutritious  milk.

I'm thankful for the new spring calf crop
and the milk that is produced for all of us to enjoy.

What kind of world would it be without 
butter and cream cheese to use when baking Easter
 goodies like Coconut Cake with Pineapple Filling?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Earth Day is Everyday

Everyday is Earth Day down on the dairy farm. 

We celebrate Earth Day by how we provide everyday care
 for the land by utilizing science and best management
 practices that make economic sense, help the environment
  and are socially responsible to our community.

Everything we do makes a difference  such as:

protecting air quality by following proper manure storage practices,

recycling manure to fertilize crop and pasture land,

growing crops with recycled manure that builds the
organic materials in the soil and improves water retention,

reducing the carbon footprint of milk by 63 percent due to 
improvements in animal feeding,animal health programs
and overall farm management practices.
                                                           When you get right down to it,
                                                      we celebrate Earth Day Everyday,
                                                            for the next generation.

Happy Earth Day Everyday!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

We experience new life on the dairy  farm year round, 
but there's nothing like seeing new calves born in the spring
on a carpet of new green grass and the beauty around us. 

Our expectant mothers have been watched closely 
   to insure a healthy delivery.
 It's always exciting to meet our new baby!

Our days are filled with routine chores and common every
day challenges but I'm thankful for the blessings of new life,
for the smiles and laughter of children

                                                           the Hope of the Easter season.

                                                             From down on the dairy farm,
                                                               Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Tractors are used every day down on the dairy farm for a variety of jobs.
Although we have more than one tractor, the little Ford tractor 
serves to bring the dairy  cows to the milking barn twice each day.
No doubt it's  a priority to repair the wheel. 

Unfortunately, we don't plan on these common events
but it does teach us about being flexible and making the most 
of every day--good or bad.
I'll admit, I'm still a student on handling being flexible.

When we are most discouraged or hit with an unexpected event,

I'm thankful for the signs  and  gifts God
freely provides to us on a daily,moment by moment schedule.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Farmer

Ever heard of Action Jackson?
Well, this is the Arkansas Farm Bureau version of  Action Jackson,
that is, Matt Jackson, Agriculture Educator!

Kindergarten students at Pea Ridge Primary School
listened intently to all that Mr. Matt shared with them about
 the dairy cow and how to milk her. 

     My job was easy--I was the local dairy farmer
who brought Cow hats,coloring books and crayons provided by
Midwest Dairy!
Hugs and smiles from a child definitely give you star power.

                                            I'm thankful for the portion of our Farm Bureau
                                            membership dollars that are spent for educating
                                             children and  adults  and for the opportunities
                                                            to share our agriculture story.