And then I told the corn, "You can grow up to be anything you want to be." I'll let you in on a little secret. I told those plants a lie. That corn is still going to grow up to be corn. No matter how hard it tries. It's going to grow, be picked, shucked,... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
Even the cows know that it’s important to get out there and vote!
In 2012 one of our dairy cows decided that the nation needed a new leader to take us in a better direction, and she volunteered for the job. Shirley Cow began her campaign in earnest. She even selected a running mate, Norma, from Dairy Carrie‘s herd. Here is the complete saga of Shirley Cow’s run for the office of the United States of America.
Dairy Cow Know How in 2012
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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
My friend Jon and I were walking across the University of Tennessee campus when he stopped dead in his tracks. He pointed a finger towards the money wall, a row of ATM machines outside the university center. There was the vice president of the United States walking with guards towards a black sedan. "Let's go... Continue Reading →