Author: Annie Link

Over the weekend…

Every Monday my kids report to their class about what they did “Over the Weekend.”  Here is a Farm Mom’s report after a busy weekend…Friday, March 22, 20134:00PM:  Get the kids off the bus.  Finish packing up a few last items and head …

Over the weekend…

Every Monday my kids report to their class about what they did “Over the Weekend.”  Here is a Farm Mom’s report after a busy weekend…Friday, March 22, 20134:00PM:  Get the kids off the bus.  Finish packing up a few last items and head …

A Dairy Healthy Heart

Hearts, flowers, chocolate, and…cheese!My kids school does Valentine’s a little different. They celebrate Healthy Heart Day instead of the traditional Valentine exchange party.  The entire day is devoted to healthy living education and activitie…

A Dairy Healthy Heart

Hearts, flowers, chocolate, and…cheese!My kids school does Valentine’s a little different. They celebrate Healthy Heart Day instead of the traditional Valentine exchange party.  The entire day is devoted to healthy living education and activitie…

Sweet! Potatoes

Hot, baked, sweet? No. Just regular white potatoes are coming into SwissLane by the truck load.  And the cows are loving it!  They are sorting through their Total Mixed Ration just to find the potato to nibble on, much the way I would eat an …

Sweet! Potatoes

Hot, baked, sweet? No. Just regular white potatoes are coming into SwissLane by the truck load.  And the cows are loving it!  They are sorting through their Total Mixed Ration just to find the potato to nibble on, much the way I would eat an …

Sweet! Potatoes

Hot, baked, sweet? No. Just regular white potatoes are coming into SwissLane by the truck load.  And the cows are loving it!  They are sorting through their Total Mixed Ration just to find the potato to nibble on, much the way I would eat an …

Don’t Mess With Milk

I love Sunday’s.  The Lord’s Day.  A day of Rest.  The beginning of a new week.  And the only day you can take a Sunday afternoon nap.  I love Sunday’s.
Just to give you some background…
  We have been a little lighter on the labor force this week(end) due to some much needed vacations.  It was our(Jerry and I) weekend “on”  (we are dairy farmers so really almost all weekends- unless we are on vacation- we are working…. but just not- well…. lets just say it’s complicated and pretty much if you’re a dairy farmer you don’t get a day-off very often.  Even when it’s not your “weekend-on”)  So anyway, busy weekend.  But it went very well.  Even though it was the hottest, record breaking, sweltering heat I have ever endured- my calves all look great!  Very satisfying.  I have been looking forward to my Sunday nap since 4:30am Saturday. 
After church, I decided to check Twitter “real quick” before I snuggled up, and came across this article:
Got-milk? You Don’t Need It

And that is what killed my Sunday nap:(
Here is the comment I posted (that took me way to long to write):

Mark,
I am not too familiar with your work but reading your bio above it says you wrote “Food Matters,” which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment.”
Food, health and the environment are some values very important to me too. That is why I find satisfaction in being a dairy farmer.
I am a mom of 3 and listening to my kids pour and mix chocolate milk for their snack as I type. I am glad they don’t have an allergy so it is very easy for them to get 9 essential nutrients from 1 little glass.
I have been a runner for about 20 years and completed a couple of marathons. I have found my recovery to be much quicker when I started using chocolate milk as a post-run drink.
I love, love being outside with my animals and am so humbled to be responsible for the land that my great-grandfather passed on to other generations. I know that my job is to leave it in better condition for my kids.
As you were posting this article, my family was working 10-16 hour days during the hottest week in history trying to care for our animals. I am on my way back to the farm now trying “to make a living producing and selling milk.” This article makes that just a little more challenging today.

Yes, and then I can’t just leave it at that- I go and take even more of my precious Sunday-Afternoon-Nap-Time to tell all you fine folks about my frustrations.  Post/Rant Completed:) 
And now, back to the barn!  Have a great Sunday!

http://dairydiscoveryswisslanefarms.blogspot.com/

Don’t Mess With Milk

I love Sunday’s.  The Lord’s Day.  A day of Rest.  The beginning of a new week.  And the only day you can take a Sunday afternoon nap.  I love Sunday’s.
Just to give you some background…
  We have been a little lighter on the labor force this week(end) due to some much needed vacations.  It was our(Jerry and I) weekend “on”  (we are dairy farmers so really almost all weekends- unless we are on vacation- we are working…. but just not- well…. lets just say it’s complicated and pretty much if you’re a dairy farmer you don’t get a day-off very often.  Even when it’s not your “weekend-on”)  So anyway, busy weekend.  But it went very well.  Even though it was the hottest, record breaking, sweltering heat I have ever endured- my calves all look great!  Very satisfying.  I have been looking forward to my Sunday nap since 4:30am Saturday. 
After church, I decided to check Twitter “real quick” before I snuggled up, and came across this article:
Got-milk? You Don’t Need It

And that is what killed my Sunday nap:(
Here is the comment I posted (that took me way to long to write):

Mark,
I am not too familiar with your work but reading your bio above it says you wrote “Food Matters,” which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment.”
Food, health and the environment are some values very important to me too. That is why I find satisfaction in being a dairy farmer.
I am a mom of 3 and listening to my kids pour and mix chocolate milk for their snack as I type. I am glad they don’t have an allergy so it is very easy for them to get 9 essential nutrients from 1 little glass.
I have been a runner for about 20 years and completed a couple of marathons. I have found my recovery to be much quicker when I started using chocolate milk as a post-run drink.
I love, love being outside with my animals and am so humbled to be responsible for the land that my great-grandfather passed on to other generations. I know that my job is to leave it in better condition for my kids.
As you were posting this article, my family was working 10-16 hour days during the hottest week in history trying to care for our animals. I am on my way back to the farm now trying “to make a living producing and selling milk.” This article makes that just a little more challenging today.

Yes, and then I can’t just leave it at that- I go and take even more of my precious Sunday-Afternoon-Nap-Time to tell all you fine folks about my frustrations.  Post/Rant Completed:) 
And now, back to the barn!  Have a great Sunday!

http://dairydiscoveryswisslanefarms.blogspot.com/

Don’t Mess With Milk

I love Sunday’s.  The Lord’s Day.  A day of Rest.  The beginning of a new week.  And the only day you can take a Sunday afternoon nap.  I love Sunday’s.
Just to give you some background…
  We have been a little lighter on the labor force this week(end) due to some much needed vacations.  It was our(Jerry and I) weekend “on”  (we are dairy farmers so really almost all weekends- unless we are on vacation- we are working…. but just not- well…. lets just say it’s complicated and pretty much if you’re a dairy farmer you don’t get a day-off very often.  Even when it’s not your “weekend-on”)  So anyway, busy weekend.  But it went very well.  Even though it was the hottest, record breaking, sweltering heat I have ever endured- my calves all look great!  Very satisfying.  I have been looking forward to my Sunday nap since 4:30am Saturday. 
After church, I decided to check Twitter “real quick” before I snuggled up, and came across this article:
Got-milk? You Don’t Need It

And that is what killed my Sunday nap:(
Here is the comment I posted (that took me way to long to write):

Mark,
I am not too familiar with your work but reading your bio above it says you wrote “Food Matters,” which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment.”
Food, health and the environment are some values very important to me too. That is why I find satisfaction in being a dairy farmer.
I am a mom of 3 and listening to my kids pour and mix chocolate milk for their snack as I type. I am glad they don’t have an allergy so it is very easy for them to get 9 essential nutrients from 1 little glass.
I have been a runner for about 20 years and completed a couple of marathons. I have found my recovery to be much quicker when I started using chocolate milk as a post-run drink.
I love, love being outside with my animals and am so humbled to be responsible for the land that my great-grandfather passed on to other generations. I know that my job is to leave it in better condition for my kids.
As you were posting this article, my family was working 10-16 hour days during the hottest week in history trying to care for our animals. I am on my way back to the farm now trying “to make a living producing and selling milk.” This article makes that just a little more challenging today.

Yes, and then I can’t just leave it at that- I go and take even more of my precious Sunday-Afternoon-Nap-Time to tell all you fine folks about my frustrations.  Post/Rant Completed:) 
And now, back to the barn!  Have a great Sunday!

http://dairydiscoveryswisslanefarms.blogspot.com/