Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday


Who would of thought we would still be working
on this wheat crop!  The boys are wrapping it up this week 
with hauling and storing  straw bales in the barn.
Making room for the straw in the barn was a great 
incentive to clean out old hay and make it handy when  
straw is needed for use on the farm or to sell.

We  also have welcomed a few new calves
in the last couple of weeks.  It's always a treat
to find a red one! 
The Ayrshire cattle in the herd belong to Cody.
His first one was purchased for his 4-H dairy project.
I love it when Hattie and Breck spot these red cows and
calves because they instantly know they belong to them!
I'm not sure their daddy has given up ownership!

                                              I'm thankful that July is winding up and

                                      we are looking to what August has in store 

                                                 for us down on the dairy farm.


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Teamwork is part of life down on the family  dairy farm.
While Ryan and Casey moved straw bales off the fields,
Cody was preparing to spray the fields before planting 
hay grazer and millet seed.  

Once the fields were sprayed, it was another  picture of teamwork
as Cody and Ryan added seed to the planter.

With the spring rains delaying our wheat harvest  and crop planting,
the race is on to get the crops planted while we can still
hope for a few rain showers and moderate growing temperatures.

The donkeys even seemed to be working as 
a team as they strategically moved 
close enough  to make sure we didn't have 
any feed with us!

I'm thankful for the teamwork we  experience
down on the dairy farm and for the cutest surprises  
when we least expect them!

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

                         Although we are happy to report that the last semi- truck load

                                     of wheat left the field to find its way to market, 

                                        the wheat harvest continues with the baling

                                                of the wheat straw left in the fields.


                               Baling the straw is much like baling hay except for the need  

                              to dry the straw.  It was raked into windrows and  baled

                              into large  round bales.  Straw is great to use as bedding in

                               the calf   hutches  or to roll out for cows to lay on when 

                                                        winter conditions occur.


Even though the early spring rains changed our plans for 
this year's wheat crop , I am thankful that we did have
a crop that can be used to care for our  dairy cows in ways that 
we hadn't planned and for the family and friends that 
have made harvesting the wheat a possibility.