Author: William D. Gilmer

Happy Dairy Month!

It’s June, which is of course celebrated as Dairy Month all across this great land of ours!  I hope each of you will celebrate daily with at least three servings of delicious, nutritious milk, cheese, or yogurt. Heck, throw some ice cream in there…

Milk Mustache Contest

Grab a cold glass of milk, say “cheese!”, and help us celebrate this year’s June Dairy Month by sending us a photo of your best milk mustache! You can either post your photo on our farm’s Facebook page or email it to “gilmerdairy [at] gmail [dot] com”….

Ryegrass harvest

It’s been a busy two weeks, but we’re nearly finished with our ryegrass harvest for this year. Our yields have been comparable to last year, and we should have enough harvested to make it our milking herd’s primary forage from June until possibly as la…

"Pet" in the pit

We had a momentary visitor in the milking parlor’s pit this morning. I had been walking back-to-front prepping a new line of cows when I turned around and saw cow #923 standing in the middle of the floor. “Pet”, as she has come to be known, either didn…

"Pet" in the pit

We had a momentary visitor in the milking parlor’s pit this morning. I had been walking back-to-front prepping a new line of cows when I turned around and saw cow #923 standing in the middle of the floor. “Pet”, as she has come to be known, either didn…

FAQ: "What’s the difference between conventional and organic milk?"

Over the past few years, several of my friends have asked about the difference between conventional and organic milk.  There is A LOT of information available on this subject, so I won’t try to reinvent the wheel here.  I’ll simply give y…

FAQ: "Are there hormones in my milk?"

I am using my blog to answer three frequently asked questions in advance of this weekend’s FoodBlogSouth Conference in Birmingham. Yesterday I explained where people could buy our farm’s milk, and tomorrow I’ll touch on the differences between

A beautiful and busy start to 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m sure you’re probably happy indeed if you’re getting the same kind of weather we’re enjoying in Lamar County, Alabama. Yesterday was windy and today is cold, but it’s clear and dry and the days are going to warm as the week…

Balancing Farm & Family during the Holidays

I’ve often joked that one advantage to dairy farming is that I have a legitimate built-in excuse to avoid going to my in-laws’ house over the Holidays.  And while I say that lightheartedly, it really is very difficult to balance the demands of the…

Rainy day dairy chores

Without exception or excuse, every day is a work day on our dairy farm. We’ll rack up between 7-8 hours of actual working time even on days when we cover only the basics (milking and feeding). On a cool, rainy day like today, it would be nice to get of…