Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thankful Thursday

One of the added benefits to mowing the yard next to the pasture is 
getting to watch the heifers enjoying  those grass clippings
that were blown under the fence.  They looked a little like excited
kids in a candy store!

Even though farm life is extremely busy in the month of May,
I am thankful for the moments that bring smiles,
for the family celebrations of  Mother's Day ,birthdays
 and graduations,

and for the beauty of the garden  that 
remind us that all these gifts 
are freely given by our heavenly Father.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

A Mother's Love

What's not to love about this day of celebrating mothers?

Down on the farm, we celebrate all mothers!

A Mother's Love
A mother's love is special
It's present every day,
A gift that came from heaven
That God has sent our way.
Her job is never ending
She's there all day and night,
To be there for her children
And be their guiding light.
Her thoughts are with them always
Even if they are apart,
Her children have a special place
Deep down inside her heart.
Mother's are a special gift-
A gift from up above,
This world would seem so empty
Without a Mother's love.
                             --T. Entzminger


Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Thankful Thursday

It may be too cold or  wet for pasture grasses or crops to grow,
but you can always count on the weeds to take advantage of the 
worst conditions!

We were grateful for the two days without rain that allowed 
Cody to begin weed control spraying in the pasture next to the house.
This pasture has a variety of Bermuda and other mixed grasses that
will grow much better with less competition from the weeds and make
a more nutritious  hay bale for our cows to enjoy.

If you look closely, you can see a couple of extra heads in the 
tractor cab.  

Hattie and Breck didn't waste the opportunity 
to ride in the tractor with their Daddy.

I am thankful that we can share life on the farm with 
our family and celebrate the milestones of 
each year  with those we love the most!


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Last year we were looking up information about our farm to see if we
could qualify to be recognized as an Arkansas Century Farm. 
Sure enough, the land where our house and the dairy sit was purchased in
1919 by Ryan's Grandad Grover Bagby. 

Although we had the abstract for the land purchase,
I also went to the County Circuit Clerk's office and looked up
the county deed records. It was quite a fascinating process to hold
those records from so long ago filled with beautiful handwritten documentation
of the history of land in Benton County.  

Dairy farming has been a part of the farming on this land for 90 years. 
On April 16, Ryan completed 50 years of milking dairy cows on the family farm.

I'm so thankful for the 37 years that I have been a part
of the dairy farming life.  Taking a city girl  and training
her was no easy job for the farmer!

Although we won't be milking cows,
I can still look out the kitchen window watching the
dairy heifers and beef cows enjoy these  early  spring
pastures  and give thanks for the blessings of farm living!


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Thankful Thursday

April brings more than showers!
We welcomed this new calf just after the showers
and a cool down in the temperature.  
As you can see, the calf found a cozy spot on the 
hay as her Mother continued to eat before going to
the milk barn.

I am thankful for all the blessings of spring--

new life on the farm,

celebrating our precious Hattie's 6th birthday,


                                                 to live in a country that gives us the opportunity

                                                     to seek election  to serve our community.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Conversations in the last few weeks, no matter what the subject, often ended
with "I'm just 91,you know!"
It is hard to believe that my Mother is now 91.
Our party was a sweet celebration with family and friends.
Our expert candle blowers were ready for the task even though
the total of only  10 candles represented the big 91.

I celebrate not only the fact that my Mother has made this 
91 year milestone, but that she has lived her life to the 
fullest.  Her life has been full of working and serving 
others in the community through church and civic involvement,
 caring for her family, and cherishing her many friendships.

I also find it a fitting time during Women's History Month
to celebrate a few of the  achievements of  my Mother, Mary Baggett.

Mother has always loved her home town, Bentonville.
That love led her to become involved in the local politics.
She was the glass ceiling breaker for Bentonville becoming 
 the first woman elected to the Bentonville City Council in 1972.
and the first woman elected to the Benton County Quorum Court in 1982.
I am proud of the investment she made of her time to 
make Bentonville an even better place to live for all of us.

Most of all, I am thankful 
for all  the love Mother  gives so freely to me ,
my family and  all those who know her.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Winter's Last Hurrah

With the end of February and the turning of the calendar, we all have that 
hope and realization that spring is just around the corner.
However, March seldom gives up those last winter weather days.

As I faced the north wind and blowing snow this morning, I
was pretty sure that Winter was shouting its last hurrah and 
probably having a good laugh!

Fluctuating temperatures like we have experienced this month
are very stressful for the calves and often bring illness
such as pneumonia and scours. 

Providing  blankets to keep them warm, providing
warm milk twice daily, bedding the hutches with straw 
 or shavings and monitoring each calf  closely is 
 our everyday farmer job.

These jonquil blooms earlier this week
were just a little bit early for real spring

                                  but they did confirm the hope and promise of  spring is real!


Thursday, February 24, 2022

Thankful Thursday

Just before this week's winter sleet and thunder storm,
we welcomed a new Holstein heifer calf.
Her mother was standing back just watching her new baby
while the other cow was trying so hard to
be a substitute mother.  If we could only explain to her
that she will have her very own calf in just a short time!

I'm so thankful that this new baby was born
on a warmer, balmier weather day,

 we had no bone breaking falls on  the ice
and can still  marvel at winter's beauty.

Come on Spring--we're ready!!


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Thankful Thursday


The view across the pasture on the north side of the farm is definitely changing.
Even though we have been watching the neighborhood of houses
 being built since last summer, the sight of this crane was a little 
startling when it appeared close enough to pick up a cow!

On the south side of the farm we will welcome students
to the new Vaughn Elementary School  in August.

Although change can often take us out of our comfort zone,
I'm thankful that we will  continue to live and work on our family farm
as we embrace life surrounded by our new community of neighbors.

                           Even Zoom is experiencing change as she moved to the pasture!

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

Snow days down on the dairy farm are just as busy
as the days without snow but our focus is a little
more narrow in making sure that we do everything
possible to feed, water and provide comfort for
the animals during the snow event. 
The day before the  snow and colder temperatures hit,
we bedded calf hutches and rolled out hay
for the cows and calves in the pastures to lay on.

During feeding time for the calves this morning,
I made sure that everyone drank their warm milk.
There always seem to be one or two that may not 
come out of the hutch without a little coaxing.
You know, snow is a little scary if you 
have never seen it!

Although I'm not a big fan of these single digit
temperatures, I am thankful for the layers of
warm clothes that make the cold weather tolerable,
for the fact that all the calves
drank their milk and  appeared to be adapting to
the frigid temperatures,

all the milking cows walked to the barn without
any issues walking on snow and ice,

for my constant companion, Bea
that just enjoys being with us
regardless of  the  weather!


Sunday, January 30, 2022

Zoom's Transformation

Last October during a virtual farm tour on our dairy farm,
the students found out how we raise  baby calves that are born
on our farm.  One of the students thought the name ZOOM
was a perfect name for the youngest calf on the farm 
that particular day.   Of course, we agreed!

She's been called Zoom ever since tour day but
she is also identified with her ear tag number of 3381.
That number identifies her in our computer records that
document information about her growth and development
and assist us in making management decisions as she grows
and develops into a milking cow.

At three weeks after the tour, I could tell that 
Zoom was growing  but

changes are very obvious at three months!
Zoom no longer looks through the wire panel--

                                                                   she's looking over it !

                               Over the next couple of weeks, we will be getting 

                               Zoom ready to leave her calf hutch and enter life in

                                   a small pasture with a few of her herd mates. 

                                    I'll miss the everyday interaction with Zoom

                                    but I will love  watching her continued growth

                                      and development  into a healthy dairy

                                  cow that produces  nutritious   high-quality milk.




Sunday, January 16, 2022

Farm Snow Days

What do we do on snow days down on the dairy farm?
The same as we do on a summer day!

Feeding the calves and milking the cows are chores that we
do every day of the year regardless of the weather or the 
holiday schedule.
I will say that snow days serve to remind us to enjoy 
the beauty of nature  and remind me of how blessed
we are to live and work on the farm  and experience
God's creation everyday.

I'm not particularly fond of cold weather but snow days
do alter the schedule to  doing the absolutely necessary chores
and sometimes allow for unexpected  time together with our family.

Snow days are always good days for enjoying 
a little chocolate cream pie
 (made with real whole milk, of course),

 a cup of coffee made from this week's family  find
of an antique coffee percolator,

and a few family  stories about the good old days
 down on the dairy farm!


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Dairy Farmer's Thankful Thursday

So far, January weather has just been teasing us with skiffs
 of snow and frigid temperatures that blew in from the north after
 seventy degree temperatures during the holidays.

These extreme changes of weather are a stress on all of us.
It becomes even more important to closely monitor the cows 
and calves for any sign of illness during stressful events and
provide comfort and protection as much as possible.

Blanket coats for the calves and hay rolled out for the cows to rest
on during frigid temperatures are ways we can reduce the stress 
created by  weather conditions beyond our control.

I'm thankful for the healthy calves that have been born during 
challenging weather conditions,

for our devoted farm dogs that provide entertainment
for us and the cows,

and for the warm blanket coats  for the calves and
the farmers that care for all the animals down on the
dairy farm.