Perhaps there’s no better day than Labor Day to show how farming is a labor of love. While many are enjoying a three day weekend, farmers have not stopped doing their chores.
There are still calves needing breakfast.
Dairy cows expect to be milked and eat hay. Continue reading
We had a hard time convincing a heifer earlier this week to follow us to another field. While we were moving her I thought about another particular animal who really had her own idea about where she was going to go!
Ackbar, The Suspicious Heifer
See the heifer on the right? I’m naming her Ackbar after Admiral Ackbar from The Return of the Jedi Star Wars movie. Continue reading
Life is a lot about routines; learning new ones and remembering old ones. We are two weeks into the school year at our house. Getting everyone up and out the door isn’t new, but this year we have two of the kids starting new schools to change things up for us.
The cows are learning, too, and I think we might have turned a page today. This was the first time the cows came in out of the field at milking time without any encouragement. This morning a few were walking through the lot when I woke and this afternoon they all came in on their own before I could even call them.
After five long months of cleaning up after the fire and making repairs, we are milking cows again.
Saturday was the first pickup of milk from our farm. Continue reading
No summer could ever be summer without ice cream. The cure for a smoldering hot summer day? Ice cream. How to ignore that blistering sunburn you just realized you got? Ice cream. How to stop your kid from crying about a skinned knee? The answer, of course, is ice cream. Continue reading
If you give a dairy farmer some ice cream…
He’ll probably think about milking cows.
No, that isn’t the title of my new book. Today while I was baling hay I managed to video two different whirlwinds that twirled through the hay field. The windrows of hay my uncle had just finished raking swirled high in the air and some were carried over into a corn field. I can’t imagine these were dangerous, but despite being a little aggravating they were fascinating to watch. Here’s the better of the two. Continue reading