Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Our spring wheat harvest has been delayed due to rainy weather.
It has been our plan to have the wheat chopped for silage but
with the rainy weather, that has not been possible.
We did have a couple of days that allowed us the opportunity
to cut, bale and wrap  a few acres of wheat before more rain 
made it impossible to drive on these fields.

It's a Wrap!

                                        I'm thankful for the wrapping process that allows
                             us to harvest our crop when  weather conditions interfere
                                                              in our best plans

for these May babies that stand out in a field
of Buttercup blooms

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Today was what we call "Preg Check Day".
Knowing if a cow is pregnant is a big deal on a dairy farm.

Thanks to science and technology, we have a 
variety of ways to confirm if a cow is pregnant.
Pregnancy checks can be done by  manual palpation , 
 milk test or blood test.   Our chosen method for 
the last few years has been blood test. Blood tests
can detect pregnancy in a cow as early as 30 days bred.

I had the easy job of making the list from our computer 
records that give us breeding dates.
Cody, Casey and Ryan had the job of collecting
the blood specimens that will be
submitted to our dairy cooperative's lab.
In just a few days we hope to be celebrating
the news of many pregnant cows!

I'm thankful for my family of farmers that  
work everyday to care for our cows 

so that we can have healthy calves
that will eventually grow up to be the
cows that give high-quality milk.

There's beauty in every season and
cycle of life.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a day of celebration and making memories with
those we love most.  My earliest recollection of today's celebration 
would be the cards we often made in Sunday School accompanied by
the flower in a paper cup to be given to Mother.

My heart is full of gratefulness for the love that has
been showered on me by my Mother and the women in my family.
It seems fitting to share the poem from a  Mother's Day
 ribbon I received at 
church when my boys were little. 

Two Temples
A Builder buildeth a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said as they saw its beauty
"It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O Builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye."

A MOTHER  builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the Mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the Builder's temple
Crumbled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the Mother builded
 Will last while the ages roll,
For that beautiful unseen temple 
Was a child's immortal soul.
 ---Hattie Vose Hall

  Happy Mother's Day!








Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

When my cell phone rings early in the morning before
I leave the house, it probably isn't good news.
Monday morning started with not so good news from
a neighbor on his way to work.
It seems that a car had run into the fence that surrounds the
pasture where several of our herd bulls reside.

I am thankful that even though the car was still lodged 
in the  fence row, it was keeping the bulls in place.
As the story unfolded, this wreck had occurred in the middle
of the night but we had not been contacted.
Thankfully no one was hurt from the accident and
the bulls did not get out or try to kick up their heels
and chase anyone!

                                            If you find yourself in a situation like this , I hope

                                you will find the farmer that owns the fence or at least

                                        report it to someone for  everyone's safety.

Our week was also filled with the love and laughter
of our family as we celebrated  Cody's birthday

and were blessed with smiles
of how a real cowboy  steps up to the job
down on the dairy farm.