Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

One of the best things about farm living is that we have
so many  moments  that fit the old phrase
 "a picture is worth a thousand words".

The sun has been more than welcome in helping to melt off
the two weeks of cold temperatures, ice and snow.
Last week we had cows calving in below zero temperatures and
today's baby arrived with a warm forty degrees.
Isn't is amazing what a difference the sunshine makes to our stress level?

In the very same day, I received a box of sunshine from my
dear friend that is working every day as a nurse during the 
pandemic of our lifetime.
In her very own words, "a little ray of healthy vitamin C and
sunshine". She's my hero!

I'm thankful for the sunshine gifts of life and love
that God sends us everyday! 


Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday



    After carefully walking around on ice last week,  we were  extremely happy for the    snow that made it easier and safer for us and the cows to  gain a little bit of traction.   We prepared as best would could for what we consider normal  cold weather but nothing on the farm works when temperatures drop below zero and hover in the teens through out the day.

From the equipment in the milk barn to the water tanks, well houses,
 and ponds, everything has been frozen.  Every minute of each day 
has been busy with hauling water, breaking ice on the ponds,
  feeding the cows and repairing damaged equipment to get 
the milking done. 

If you want to see a farmer's determination to care for his animals,
come on  down to the dairy farm and I will show you  my family of farmers.


I'm thankful that my family and our employees have
been kept safe this week  as we worked together
down on the dairy farm.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Preparing for extreme cold weather is always a challenge on the dairy farm
but when you add a layer of ice it's a double whammy.
As we tried to bring the two expectant mamas into the maternity barn
to shelter for the night, the first cow slipped on the ice.
Luckily, she was able to get up and walk on to the barn.

After seeing the struggle of the cow getting up on the ice, 
it was decided the other cow would be  left in the pasture.
Cold weather doesn't create the same risk as the broken leg or hip injuries.
Several large hay bales were unrolled for the cows to rest on.
As luck would have it, the cow in the pasture calved and the cow in 
the maternity barn did not.

Cody brought this new baby into the maternity barn as soon as he found her
and put her in a hutch with a heat bulb. She looked pretty cozy when I 
went to check on her after calf feeding.
I thought about climbing into the hutch with her for 
a warm-up!

It's been a rough couple of days trying to stay warm
and upright walking on ice but I'm thankful for the 
fact that we have a healthy new baby and that 
no animals, employees or family have been injured
down on the dairy farm.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

One of the greatest joys of family farm life is
sharing  everyday activities with our children and

Hearing the sweet little voice of Hattie was all it
took for me to abandon my farm bookkeeping task,
 throw on my coat and head to the calf 
hutches with Cody and Hattie.

The afternoon was perfect for the job of placing 
ear tags that we use to identify each heifer calf.
This identification number is used as a name and is
entered into a computer data base. The  information about
each heifer calf is used for the care  of each calf
 as they grow and mature and eventually become part
 of the milking herd.

Hattie's job was to entice the calf out of the hutch.
She obviously had the job she wanted!

I'm thankful for each moment we have together

                                                and for  the memories we are creating
down on the dairy farm.