Snow Day On A Dairy Farm

snow cows

While everyone else is rejoicing the snow day that’s happening here, for us it simply means that life will be more difficult. Every day is work on a dairy farm, but when snow arrives with cold temperatures it can make even the easiest chore hard. The local television news crews may remind viewers to care for their dogs and cats, but a few hundred hungry bovines is a different challenge altogether. Continue reading

Coffee, Calves, And Kids

coffee calves

I can’t take any credit for the photos, but I can definitely relate. It really helps  being a morning person when you are a dairy farmer. I might have mentioned that you’re late for work if you show up here after 4:00 am.

I wasn’t always as morning coffee person. I got along just fine without a dose of early caffeine for years. I blame the third kid. I blame the third kid for many other things, but he really gets credit here.

You’re not really parenting until you’re outnumbered.

 But let’s get back to our talking about cups of joe. I grew up watching my mom make a pot for herself everyday. I’m more of a three cup kind of guy. More than that and I worry about the frustrating moments  between the last cup and the zipper that hangs on my coveralls at the wrong time. 

I have an older army vet friend who says if it isn’t black it isn’t coffee. I like to think we’ve actually come far enough in society that we can accept coffees of different colors. Treat them all as equals. 

And I take mine tan after thoroughly drowning it with half and half. I’d say more, but first let me finish it before it grows cold. Besides, it’s almost four and we’ve got cows to milk, remember?

30 Days And a New Blog

I’ve had the urge to do something different in blogging. Part of me has always regretted not using WordPress before and I decided to revisit it. And then I saw a 30 day challenge. A great way to jump start it? We’ll see. 


I wanted to try something new here where I felt like I could add more to my repotoire of topics besides strictly farming. My other writings can be found at Silo Skies and The Udder Side.

The site is in draft phase today and will be a work in progress for a while. I’ll probably try different themes and design so feel free to give advice.