Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

November has become a season of Thanksgiving as we 
pause to think of the many people in our community that
serve us throughout the year and in situations that 
we never expect  such as the pandemic.

This week it was my pleasure to present these 
community helpers with Undeniably Dairy stocking caps
and a Subway gift card provided by Midwest Dairy
 as a way to say "Thank-you" and 
express to them how much we appreciate their service.

I'm also thankful for the celebration of
36 years of marriage to the dairy farmer


                                          who brought me to the farm to build a life together,

                                             raise a family  and live in the   place we call home.

                                          Happy Thanksgiving...

                                from down on the dairy farm!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

If you didn't   have a watch or a cell phone to give you the time, you
could still   estimate  time down on the dairy farm  by
 watching the cows standing in the pasture. It's obvious that like us,
the cows are creatures of habit.  
The feed wagon with silage rolls into the dry cow pasture  every
morning  around 8:30.  Today was no different and you can
see the cows are eagerly watching and  waiting  to get 
their first bite.

Dry cows receive a pellet feed that is formulated for their
metabolic needs during this time of resting and preparing to
give birth. The silage on the wagon is like dessert to the cows.
It's no wonder that there is a lot of mooing if the wagon is late!

                                     I'm thankful for  the simple daily reminders to 
                                   appreciate the predictable  and the unpredictable
                                            like an iris blooming in  November!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Even though our daily routine stays the same,
there is never just a "normal " day.
Today we welcomed a new calf to the herd.
How we care for this new calf  prepares the
way for the production of  high-quality nutritious milk.

                               Later in the afternoon, Ryan participated in a  virtual "Cheese Chat"
                             sponsored by Midwest Dairy. This was a new way to bring a variety of
                            consumers together to talk about the sustainable production of dairy
                            products, learn about cheese from the expert cheese monger
                                 and experience the taste of a  variety of cheeses produced
                                 in the midwestern states of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma,
                                               Minnesota and Iowa.   

                                                  I'm thankful for this dairy farmer that was 
                                              willing to participate in a new experience that promotes
                                              dairy products and shares how dairy farms and families 
                                              work everyday to produce nutritious milk sustainably.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Thank-you Veterans

Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, pays tribute to all American veterans.
Living or dead, we pay tribute to all American Veterans and give thanks
to those who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
President Woodrow Wilson declared "Armistice Day" on the first
anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11,1919.

Ryan's dad, Bill, served during World War II.
Fortunately for our family, he returned to our family farm
 after serving in Japan.

Ryan's Mom and Dad married before he left for his
service in Japan.
It's hard to imagine the sacrifices of the men
and women just like Ryan's parents who
left farm and family to fight for the 
freedoms we enjoy everyday.

During the years when Bill was serving,
Bonnah Lyn continued to farm with
her father while waiting on Bill's return.

Words seem totally inadequate when you think of 
the sacrifices made by families across America
during times of war but these days of
celebration give us the opportunity to
stop and give thanks for every Veteran.

From down on the dairy farm,
Happy Veterans Day!


Thursday, November 5, 2020

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Voting is such a privilege.
Standing in line last week during early voting, I 
was inspired by the number of people that 
were standing in line with me to cast their vote.
Regardless of the outcome of any election,
I am thankful to be an American farmer that enjoys 
the freedom to live and work

everyday down on our Arkansas dairy farm
caring  for the land we call home

                                              and for the beautiful cows that provide healthy
                                                  nutritious milk for your family and mine.