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!