Resting in the shade on a hot July afternoon is the routine for
these cows that will be calving within the next two weeks.
It's hard to find a cool spot in the month of July,
but if you follow the cows during the day, you will find yourself
moving to where ever the shade is found in the pasture.
It's our job to make sure they have access to fresh water
and shade and monitor them closely for signs of calving.
We also provide a special formulated feed that meets their
nutritional needs while they are resting from milk
production and preparing for calving.
When I watch the cows resting in the shade by the yard,
I'm thankful for the memory of planting these pine tree
twigs nearly thirty years ago with Cody and Casey playing
in the yard, for the beauty of each tree and the shade
that is so appreciated by our beautiful Holstein cows
down on the dairy farm.