Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Once a month for the last twenty plus years, we get what we call a "test"
of each cow milking in the herd.  The test will tell us  how much milk
each cow is producing and a variety of information that is used in  caring 
for and managing the herd. 

My job before the test day is to make sure all the information about each
cow is updated in the computer system so Greg, our test technician,can update 
the system after he collects each sample of milk.

Greg is not just a technician that works for Mid-South Dairy Records.
He is our friend and part of the family. Even though we are both only children, 
we can almost fight like a brother and sister.

For the first time since being diagnosed with kidney disease, 
Greg was too ill to come test this month.
Technician Tiffany, Greg's fill-in, and I worked through our
test day. It wasn't perfect but we managed to get the job done.
I certainly appreciated her patience!

                                    I'm thankful for Greg's love of dairy cows, his phenomenal
                                         memory about dairy cows,  his devotion to his job
                                                         and most of all his friendship.
                                     Hurry and get well Greg--we've got a lot more fighting to do!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was just an ordinary day down on the dairy farm.
It's common to see the cows resting in the pasture but
I noticed several were gathered around the hay manger.

Two were resting, two were eating and one was keeping
a close eye on what we were doing in the calf hutches.

Her posture made me think that she might come over to ask
us a question!

I'm thankful for the moments that we just simply feel
blessed by the opportunity to  watch normal resting activities of 
our dairy herd, care for our animals and work to produce nutritious 
milk for your family and mine.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Have you ever known a dog that gets a ride to work?

Ever since Dudley figured out how to escape the yard 
fence at Casey's house, he starts walking to the dairy farm
and usually catches a ride halfway with Casey or any
 employee or family member heading our  way.

You just can't help but love this guy!

Once he arrives at the farm,
he  is busy barking at the cows, tries  to corral cows
 when his assistance is not needed or stealing any 
one's lunch left in the shop unprotected.

As you can see, he springs into action!

I'm thankful for the smiles and laughs Dudley brings
to everyone on the farm and for the fact that he loves 
all of us unconditionally.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

What happened to our snow?
I was hoping for at least enough to cover up the mud
that we have been dealing with this winter!
The cows weren't a bit impressed with the big snow either.

We have had 2 new calves born in the last 24 hours and both are
doing well. It's obvious that weather conditions are not
a factor in delaying activity on the farm.

Due to the muddy conditions experienced all winter, 
we have unrolled hay in the pasture where cows are calving. 

These expectant cows are always
monitored closely for the anticipated birth of a calf but
with changes in temperature and weather conditions, we 
become even more alert to the need for rapid response
 to provide for a safe delivery.

                                         I'm thankful for just the little bit of snow down on the
                                  dairy farm and for the opportunity to be a part of this new
                                  beginning that is part of  our farm's sustainability in producing
                                                         milk for your family and mine.