Sunday, September 26, 2021

Fall Blessings

Although the farm work has not slowed down these first few 
days of fall, it has brought us that big sigh of relief  as we reached
into the closet for our long sleeve shirts  and hoodies with cooler
temperatures and less humidity.  On top of that, it rained three inches!
Talk about fall blessings!

With little rain through the summer and the stunted growth of the 
millet crop due to those nasty army worms, it was decided to harvest
 the crop when the rain was over. We were pleasantly surprised 
at the number of bales that were harvested.
These wrapped bales are actually making  fermented silage in a bag
that  will be fed to the dairy cows in their  balanced 
nutritional ration. 

Taking samples of silage and dry hay is part of 
the process to know the quality and types of nutrients 
provided for the feed ration.
My job was to patch the holes once the silage sample was
removed.  It was the easy job for sure!

We've also been welcoming new dairy  calves to the farm.

And at the end of the day,

                                             I am reminded of the simple blessings  we enjoy
                           and often take for granted during fall down  on the dairy farm.

Friday, September 17, 2021

School to Farm

We were honored to share our dairy story with University of Arkansas
students a few days ago. In past years, I have done farm tours for a variety of
groups but this was my first tour since  the CoVid pandemic  began in early 2020.
I'll admit, although I certainly was out of  touring practice, I enjoyed
every minute sharing what we do every day to bring a healthy product
to consumers by caring for our animals and the land we call home.

It was just this week that I read on social media a question that
asked what could you talk about for 10 minutes without any preparation.
I decided that the answer was easy if you have a passion for the 
subject  and having the desire to share makes it even easier.
Dairy farming would obviously be my topic!

After all, who doesn't love the story of  a third generation
Arkansas family farm that raises beautiful cows,
produces a nutritious product for families in our community,
and cares for the land !

We talk about farm to table  in the story of where our food comes from
 but this really is  the School to Farm version.
From our conversations during the tour, I hope it gave each
student a new perspective to share about where food 
production really begins.

Sharing our dairy farm is really a delight for me
and I will wear my new hat (and maybe share it with Ryan)
                             appreciate the opportunity to provide a School to Farm experience!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Labors of Love

Labor Day down on the dairy farm, like everyday,
will be full of the daily chores that include
milking the cows,

mixing and preparing feed to provide the
daily nutrition for the milking cows,

feeding the calves,

driving  tractors to complete a  a variety of  daily chores,

welcoming new members to the herd,

checking crops,

and enjoying time together as a family.

                                            Every activity down on the family dairy farm is a

                                      labor of love as we work together to care for our animals,

                                      produce nutritious milk and make Labor Day memories

                                                              for our  next generation.

                                                               Happy Labor Day!