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!