Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for the  little bit of rain that allowed
the wheat planting to be completed this  past week.
The  last bit of seed left in the drill was just enough to plant into
the Bermuda and mixed grass  hay field next to the house. 
It will be harvested before the grass begins to grow in the spring.
This is commonly called a cover crop. 

Utilizing the manure from our cows to fertilize both crops is
one of  the ongoing sustainable practices down on the 
dairy farm.



Thursday, October 22, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

You can't help but smile when you see such a new sweet
red calf with its mother early in the morning down
on the dairy farm.

As you can tell from the angle of this picture, the mother
wanted nothing to do with posing as I followed along trying 
to get a better shot to share.

                     Our milking herd includes several of these beautiful Ayrshire 

                        cows that belong to son Cody. His Ayrshire herd began

                              during his 4-H dairy project days many years ago.

                     I'm thankful for these happy reminders  of great 4-H dairy project days

                                    and the expansion of the herd that will  continue to

                                                          produce nutritious milk.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


Surprise was our initial reaction when we found 
this cute red and white calf in the 
pasture this morning  while checking for  over 
night deliveries. This is a  a red and white 
Holstein  but when both the mother and father 
are black and white, 
it is a complete surprise to find a different color!


                                                  As you can see from the chart below, 
                                       there are 6 recognized breeds of dairy cattle.

                                    Each one is beautiful and has its own characteristics.
                                    The Holstein, which can be black and white or 
                                      red and white, is the largest of the dairy breeds
                                         and gives   the greatest volume of milk. 

                               During our sons' 4-H dairy project years we enjoyed 
                             raising  Guernseys, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Holstein.
                             We loved them all but the Holstein and Ayrshire are
                                        the breeds that are in today's milking herd. 

                                I'm thankful for these surprises that happen on just an 
                                              ordinary day down on the dairy farm.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Just as hay and crop harvesting are winding down,
the fall calving season is beginning to ramp up with a new
calf arriving every day or two.

This experienced Mama that has had at least two calves before 
today's arrival, just couldn't complete the birth without assistance.
She was walked from the pasture to the maternity barn because the 
calf would need to be delivered by  the farmer.
In just minutes after delivery, she was welcoming her new baby
with heavy duty tongue licking to stimulate  and clean him.
Mother and baby are doing well.

There's never just one job happening down on the dairy farm.
While Casey was delivering this calf,
Cody was planting wheat. 
Just a routine day that requires management
and multi-tasking skills.

I'm thankful for these two sons that work so hard
every day to care for our cows and the land we call home
for the fact that I have been  blessed to work with 
them every day down on the dairy farm.