Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

January must know her days are limited as she brought us 
chilling temperatures and a skiff of snow just at calf feeding
time this morning.  
A new baby and her mother were just what I needed to
warm my heart on this cold January morning.

After all the calves were fed their morning milk and grain,
we picked up the baby , transported her to a warm calf
hutch and walked her mother to the milk barn.
It's my job from this point to monitor and care for the 
baby. High-quality milk begins with a healthy cow and
it begins on this very first day.

Who else gets to feel such joy and can describe having
fun at work more days than not!
I'm thankful!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

It was moooving day this week!
The move did not include any packing material or boxes--
just calves that enjoyed kicking up their heels with
 the excitement of  a new experience.
The oldest calves  in the calf hutches (at least three months old)
 were moved from their individual hutches to a small pasture
 where they will begin  living together as a herd. 

Before being put on the trailer,
each calf received a vaccination to protect them from 
common calf diseases and a dose of wormer.
This weaning process began  weeks before moving  day by
transitioning them from milk to water and a grain that is
 formulated for the growth of an older calf.

Weaned calves continue to be monitored closely for 
any signs of illness during their twice a day feeding in 
the pasture.  

I'm thankful for each of these calves
that we have raised from their
first day of life  down on the dairy farm

                                               the future production of high-quality milk

                                                 that begins with a healthy calf.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Party

A birthday down on the dairy farm is always a celebration.
These new calves represent the growth of our dairy herd
and the future production of high quality milk.
My daily job is caring for these new babies.

It truly is a celebration when you witness a calf that is
 born and raised on the farm give birth to her own calf.
It's one of the labors of  dairy farmer love to watch 
this process over a two and a half year process.
It's our own brand of dairy farmer party!

                                      We're also finding the fun in farm family birthdays

                                              with the expert candle blowers.

                                Hattie and Breck definitely bring more fun to the party!

Sheath Cake is one of our family favorite birthday
requests. It's not so pretty but if you love
chocolate cake with a big dip of vanilla ice cream,
this is perfect!

Sheath Cake

1 stick butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
 1 teaspoon soda
2 eggs,slightly beaten
Bring margarine, shortening, cocoa and water to a rapid boil.
Pour over the sugar and flour,beat well.
Add buttermilk and soda, vanilla and eggs.
Beat, then bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
Cover with the following.

1 stick butter
4 Tablespoons cocoa 
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons milk
1 cup pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring butter, cocoa and milk to a boil.
Add powdered sugar, vanilla and pecans.
Beat well, pour over cake while hot.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Dairy Farmer Delight

Providing a nutritious diet for our dairy cows is an everyday job
down on the dairy farm. The diet can include a variety of ingredients but
it is a balanced diet that is formulated by our dairy nutritionist. 
Our cows' diet currently includes silage, hay, vitamins and minerals, and ground 
corn. Each ingredient provides a nutrient that the cow needs to produce milk
and maintain body functions. 

I was reminded of the importance of good nutrition this week by my
family doctor during my "Welcome to Medicare" yearly physical.
As we reviewed the lab work, the discussion turned to the need for
a bone density test, a review of calcium and vitamin D requirements
 and how to increase the calcium in my diet.
It was music to my ears, when I was encouraged to increase the
dairy in my diet! Was my doctor trying to make this dairy farmer's day?
Instead of taking a calcium pill, could I increase the dairy in my diet?
Wow--could I increase the dairy in my diet? You bet!
A dairy farmer's delight!

There may come a time when I need that calcium pill and I
 will be happy to take it, but I'd much rather improve my 
dietary habits than to take a calcium pill!
After all, milk contains nutrients, including calcium, potassium,
 protein and phosphorus; plus, it's fortified with vitamins A and D.

When I left the clinic, my thoughts turned to the decades of nutrition research  
 and the ongoing educational efforts of the National Dairy Council.
  As a dairy farmer, a nurse and now a member of the Medicare age group,
I'm thankful and grateful for the nutritional information and education shared
 by the National Dairy Council with physicians and other health
 professionals  that are caring for all ages.