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 →

A Cow’s Medicine Cabinet

Whenever you hear about cows and medicine the first thing you might think about are antibiotics. However, you might be surprised to find that a cow's medicine cabinet is not much different than yours. Before we reach for any medicine, we try the simplest things first. Rest and TLC are often the best choice for... Continue Reading →

Magic Milk

Everyone remembers how gullible Jack was to trade the family cow for some magic beans in Jack and the Beanstalk. The truth is, many of us are still trying to find our own magic beans. There is something enviable about having something few others can get. It can make us feel special, even better than... Continue Reading →

What To Do With $600,000

I was trying to imagine what I'd do for our farm with six hundred thousand dollars. I could pay bills, make repairs, build a barn, or get new tractors and equipment. We could even get a milking robot, or perhaps invest in our own milk plant. And I should obviously make sure I do something... Continue Reading →

Cow Pi Day Math

In honor of National Pi Day, I thought I'd share a few facts and figures. For the record, I'm certified to check first and seventh grade math homework, so I'm fairly qualified for this. Did you know that our cows spend approximately seventy percent of their day hanging out in the field resting and grazing?... Continue Reading →

The Letter

Dear milk drinkers and dairy lovers, In a world of cell phones, instant messages, and social media, the power of one letter can still be amazing. From the unexpected arrival of a check, or a deep profession of love and devotion, a letter can bring unexpected change.Unfortunately, dairy farmers have been getting a different kind... Continue Reading →

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