Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dairyfarmer's Thankful Thursday

There's nothing sweeter than watching a mama cow
welcome her new baby with a tongue licking bath.
This licking cleans and strategically moves  and helps expel 
any fluids that might be present in the calf's lungs. 
It's obvious that our Creator thinks of everything!

Within just three months,
this new baby will have out grown the individual hutch we
raise them in and need to be moved to a small pasture.
This process is what we call weaning.
Calves are usually 10 to 12 weeks old when weaned from the hutches.

Before moving the calves they are on water and pelleted feed
that is formulated for their growth and development. 
This preparation decreases the stress on the day
 we actually move them and for the adjustment to their
new surroundings.

I'm thankful for each of these healthy calves that will
one day be producing high quality milk and
for the opportunity I have to work with my two sons
everyday down on the dairy farm.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day!

                                   Ryan and I cherish the memories we have of our fathers.
                                Father's Day reminds us of all the ways our fathers loved us,
                               taught us and continually supported us as we experienced life.

Although our sons will have different experiences than us,
it's our hope that they too will have many memories to cherish.
We already know they are storing up all the times of 
funny experiences and crazy ideas we have shared  in life so far.

                                                            From down on the dairy farm,

                                                        Happy Father's Day!         

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                               No matter how many times we find a new baby in the pasture,
                                      I still love to welcome each one to the farm and give
                                          a congratulations  to the mama for a job well done.

                                      Yesterday we had two new babies for the welcome party.
A double delight for a day during June Dairy Month.

Each of these mamas was raised by us. 
From the day of delivery, we are caring daily for each
one for an average of two and a half to three years before  
 the heifer will have her first calf.
High quality milk begins with a healthy animal and
that's where our job begins on day one in caring for each new calf.

                                                 Even though we have challenges every day,
                                I'm thankful for the joys of our job  down on the dairy farm
                                as we work to produce high-quality milk for my family and yours.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It's June Dairy Month!
Hope you have been eating all the dairy foods you can!
We appreciate all the ways you and your families 
support us.

Down on the dairy farm, the calves celebrate
everyday with milk in the morning and evening.
Just like us humans, calves and cows must have
good nutritious food for growth and development.

Grain, a mixture of sweet corn that is pelleted,  
is added to their diet gradually to meet their nutritional needs.
Providing good nutrition and monitoring the growth and 
development of our calves is how we insure that we will
have healthy cows to produce milk.

As you can see, between the lines of barbwire, 
these beauties in the pasture will soon be
having calves and entering the milking herd.
Growing the milking herd is approximately a three
year project of love and dedication.

I'm thankful that even in tough times we can  
celebrate all that we love and care for each day.
We are blessed.

Happy June Dairy Month!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

We kicked off  the 2020 hay  season down on the
 dairy farm this week. I felt like we should be having a 
hay party to celebrate this season of hay production that 
has been delayed with cool, rainy weather all spring.

Hay is used in feeding our dairy cows everyday.
It is part of the special diet that is formulated by
our dairy nutritionist to make sure the cows are provided 
all the nutrients needed to produce milk and maintain health.

I'm thankful that the sun kept shining while this hay
was cut and baled before the next rain shower


                                                     that we did celebrate our first hay day
                                                 with the birthday of our head farmer and
                                                             his candle blowing helpers!