Thursday, December 26, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

It was special in every way down on the dairy farm.
Although we worked our usual schedule of milking the cows
and feeding and caring for cows and calves on Christmas Day,
at the end of the day, we gathered as a family for a 
meal and exchange of gifts. That may seem like a 
very ordinary event, but to me, 
the gathering of those I love is a precious gift.

I'm thankful for the new dairy heifer that we welcomed 
on Christmas Day,

 for all the gathering of family during this Christmas 
season, loving memories of past  family Christmas times

 the opportunity to make memories for the next generation.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

"It takes a village" was the phrase that came to mind as I observed
this mama-to-be assisting with welcoming the new calf. It's not unusual
to see this behavior  in a pasture full of expectant mothers and although it
appears to be helpful, it can be a distraction to the new mother causing her
not to do her job of cleaning off the calf.  

We don't always separate these cows but today due to the frigid,damp weather, we
moved the new baby and mama to the maternity barn for protection and to assure
that the mama could do her important job.

Observing the behavior of animals is always interesting and part of the 
dairy farmer's job in providing good care of their cows and calves.

I'm thankful for all the birthdays down on the dairy farm
and in our family!

Happy 1st birthday,Breck!

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

I've had a lot of thinking time this week while sitting in the
 hospital  with my Mother who is battling pneumonia. 
It's moments or events like these when  you realize what is important
 may be different than what was on the daily schedule.

I'm thankful that I live in a community with state of the art medical
facilities, dedicated nurses and skilled doctors ,

for the beauty of the Christmas season,

                                         for my family that have taken over my farm duties
                                                while I have been taking care of Mother,

                                                    for the extended family and sweet friends
                                              that have lifted us up in prayers and offers of help.

                                              Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything
                                           give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                               I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Members of Arkansas Farm Bureau are in Little Rock this week for 
the annual convention which includes the policy development process of
the organization. One of the issues of discussion this year is in regard
to reforming Federal Milk Marketing Orders.  It's a complicated 
subject and definitely not for light dinner conversation! 

I do appreciate the importance of the Federal Orders in  providing 
 stability in the milk marketing process and ensuring that milk
 is available to consumers across the country. 

As I have been learning more about the Federal Milk Marketing 
system,my appreciation has grown for how hard our
 dairy cooperative works to market  milk for all of its members.

It's a great honor to be a dairy farmer working everyday
to produce high-quality milk for your family and mine

I'm thankful to 
be a member of  a cooperative that I trust to
do the very best job in marketing the milk we produce.