No Holidays For Farmers

Perhaps one of the things friends and non-farm family members don’t get about me is that I don’t have days off at a time over the holidays. And the cows don’t either.

Dairy Cows Are Not Widgets

Despite how some like to describe farms as factories, we are far from it. We cannot simply tell the cows to take the day off. Come back in a couple of days. Dairy cows are not widgets. Dairy farming is not like many other jobs where you can close shop for a long weekend. Continue reading

The Christmas Cow Miracle 

 For the past few days we’ve been giving this girl extra care. Carrying feed, hay, and water-cows drink a bathtub of water a day-oh, the water; it has been a chore. 

Yesterday she walked well. She got up quickly and walked with a limp in both legs and today she stayed up for a long time with a limp in only one leg.  Now I believe she’s on her way to recovery. 

Inside I’m not sure if I had hope of her getting up on her own and getting well, but I didn’t stop doing all I could for her. Is that where miracles live? Somewhere in the fog where hope and faith are questioned? 

In this season of hope maybe we should remember that small things can make big differences in the world. 

Even Batman Needs Coffee

A conversation this morning on Twitter lamented the despair involved when one forgets to start the coffee maker and how little is accomplished before that first cup of caffeine. I think know I do important things and I’m sure our cows and calves at least think me feeding them is important. That got me to wondering about people who actually have real important jobs and how the lack of their cup of wake up might be an impediment.

Of course I thought of Batman first. Continue reading