Dairy Promotion

Friday was a really great day as I was honored as being the Tennessee dairy promoter of the year by the TN ADA at the June Dairy Month kickoff. That’s my friend and current TN ADA President, Celeste Blackburn, with me and the awesome cow print I was presented. It was exciting to be there... Continue Reading →

A Couple Pieces and Chicks

I’ve had a good time as of late writing some fun pieces for Growing America. I’ve written here about my knife, and now expounded upon the necessity Farm Knives. A few weeks ago we had a terrible Stinky Situation involving the most likely critter you can think about. Speaking of critters, You Dirty Rat tells... Continue Reading →

Frozen and Flurries

I woke up too early this morning to the sound of ice tipping on the heat pump’s fan. Our forecast called for a mix of snow and rain with temperatures barely above freezing. While I lay there debating whether or not it was worth it to get out of the cozy bed and switch over... Continue Reading →

Stop Shaming, Vegans

Farhad Manjoo would like us all to not mock vegans, but his reasoning from the start fails. Writing in the New York Times, his main point is that vegans are better than us. They care more. For the animals. For the environment. They're nicer than us omnivores, too. He's wrong on all counts.  Let's begin... Continue Reading →

Ode To The Outhouse

We watch our fair share of remodeling shows at our house. From mansions with open floor plans to the minimalism of tiny homes, it seems like there's a show for everything. One we have never seen is a program dedicated to outhouses. This is the newly remodeled outside bathroom for the house we live in... Continue Reading →

A Change

In Greek mythology Sisyphus was forced to roll a boulder up a steep hill only to watch it roll down just as he got it to the top. That feels a lot like dairy farming does right now. We've been working hard, and yet it seems like we cannot get ahead. In fact, here's actual... Continue Reading →

Falling Back on the Farm

If you're like Fred, you're still yawning over that extra hour of sleep. Not everyone likes the time change, although I do like the extra hour versus the lost hour. We didn't move the cows back until a little bit yesterday and the rest of the hour this morning to ease them into it. While... Continue Reading →

Better Off Fred

Cats have always been a part of our farm. From taking care of the mice, and occasional pigeon, they contribute in their own way. Fred, the remaining of three brothers, is the top cat today. Fred is the oldest cat on the farm. He's approximately seven, which makes him around forty in cat years. He... Continue Reading →

Dairy Diversity

An animal rights group recently started an insane campaign about how milk represents white supremacy. Yes, that's a real head scratcher, isn't it? I propose that dairy is as diverse as they come. There's white, chocolate, and strawberry milk, cheeses, fermented milk, lactose-free milk, frozen milk, and more, more, more! And what about the cows?... Continue Reading →

Be Patient Or Be A Patient

Last night before heading to a dairy meeting, I showed my new teenage driver the big excitement of the farm that day. I wanted to make an impression on her that only visuals can make. "Slow down, here," I said as we approach the beginning of the skid marks. The black streaks on the pavement... Continue Reading →

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