Thursday, December 31, 2020
It's a dreary, chilly last day of 2020. Today we received a load of oat hay from
somewhere in Kansas to add to the dairy cow ration. We still have plenty of hay that
we have raised on the farm but with the drought we experienced in the late summer and
early fall, it was decided to purchase hay to stretch our supply. No matter how
well you plan, the plan seems to always change !
The hay has been sampled and will be sent for a lab analysis
to give us the best information on how much hay to include in the daily diet.
We're hoping the milking cows are going to appreciate this addition by
producing a little more milk!
In the last few weeks, 2020 has brought us some very sad experiences.
We have lost several friends in our community due to complications of CoVid.
I am thankful for each of these special friends that made such an impact on
my family and our community.
Intertwined in our sadness, I am thankful for those
that we have celebrated in a big way when you turn 2,
family time that we
enjoyed during the Christmas holiday,
for Mac that was
added to our family roster!
Friday, December 25, 2020
Fifteen degrees was not the temperature I was hoping for
on Christmas morning but with several layers of clothing for
myself and a new calf coat for the baby, we really had
nothing to complain about.
Even though our chores of calf feeding, milking and feeding
all of the cows continue as usual, our celebration will take place when
all the work is done.
I hope that today brings you an abundance of
love, peace and joy as we
celebrate the birthday of our Savior.
From down on the dairy farm...
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
We had a population explosion in one night!
You might even say, Christmas came a little bit early.
Eight new calves greeted us Monday morning.
It's not unusual to find one or two during calving season but
we were a little overwhelmed to have eight new babies
to bring in from the pasture.
Before each calf is taken to its own hutch, we record
information about the calf and its mother, give calf vaccinations.
dip the navel with iodine to prevent infection and provide
a warm bottle of colostrum.
for our two sons that work with us
everyday down on the dairy farm
even though the pandemic has caused
a lot of craziness,
Santa still stops for milk and cookies on Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Sunday was truly a snow day--
it snowed all day long. It has been
a very long time since we have experienced a snow day
and like many of our friends and neighbors,
it seemed a welcome change in our daily lives that
have been impacted by all the changes brought to us during this pandemic.
A snow is much more welcome
than freezing rain or inches of ice that can be hazardous
to the cows walking and for the farmers trying to care for them.
It's always our daily job to make sure that the cows and
calves have plenty of feed and water to meet their
nutritional needs. Colder temperatures with a blanket of
snow made the day's work even more important
to make sure plenty of calories were provided for
the stress of increased cold weather conditions.
Most of the calves were eager to drink their warm milk
but a few needed a little coaxing to enter out into
their first experience with six inches of snow.
I'm thankful for the refreshed feeling brought with this first
snow of the season, for the magical landscape created by snow,
and the reminder of how God blesses us
with the beauty provided in nature down on the dairy farm.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Although the Pandemic has brought many
changes to our lifestyles and cramped our
social gathering plans for routine and holiday events,
it has not stopped the essential work down on the
We are still milking cows twice daily, seven days a week
and providing the feed and care that the cows and calves
require daily. We are proud to be considered essential
workers to provide food for our fellow Americans.
I'm thankful that my family and our employees have remained in
good health and able to continue the daily tasks on the dairy farm.
All across our community, we have essential workers that
are performing jobs that we often take for granted.
With the help of Midwest Dairy, our dairy promotion group,
we are able to thank a few of our essential workers with
a token of our appreciation.
This week I wrapped up an Undeniably Dairy thermos cup and
warm stocking cap to give to our rural mailman.
I'm thankful for every essential worker and
this week I celebrate the rural mailman
for a job well done and much appreciated!
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Even though it's been chilly in the mornings,
the calves always happily greet us to drink their
warm milk and wait on their grain feeding.
If they don't come out to meet us,
we soon find out if they are not feeling well.
It's part of our everyday dairy farmer job to monitor the
health of each calf and to make sure regardless of the
weather changes that each calf eats and drinks.
Weather is an environmental stress that can definitely
impact the health of a newborn calf.
These twenty degree temperature changes within
a few hours is rough on all of us!
I'm thankful for the health of our animals,
for the good health of my family and our employees
during this crazy pandemic
for the smiles we have had watching
our new truck driver haul his load
of toilet paper left under the
Christmas tree at his house.