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
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.
Okay, let me begin by saying this is not Farmer Bright. This is one of the secret agent Udder Side calves on his farm writing this post. And today did not go as planned. Continue reading
Like it or not, Eggnog is a holiday mainstay. Who knew what humble beginnings this treat had. Let’s go to the wayback machine, Sherman!
Back in Ye Olden Days
“Mum, I’m going to throw the stale bread out and give it to the pigs.”
“Hold yer breeches, boy! That be our breakfast.” Continue reading
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
Before we begin we have to set the mood.
Yes, you have to push play on the video to set the mood.
Ok, now we can start. Continue reading
As a kid it was a treat for me to get coke (we don’t call it “pop” in the South; think of it as big C and little c) when we went out to eat. My folks didn’t serve it very often at home and probably for good reason. There was always milk, white and chocolate. Continue reading