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 →

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 →

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