Author: William D. Gilmer

Good clothes in the milking barn?

staying clean = boringMy wife dropped my son off at the dairy after school dismissed this afternoon, but she didn’t bring a change of clothes for him. So there he was, wearing good jeans, a white shirt (white!), and his tennis shoes.  In an effort…

This week’s farm photos

I’ll never be mistaken for a photographer, but I enjoy snapping a few farm photos with my phone’s camera every now and then. I’ve been playing around with the Instagram app on my phone lately and have posted some of those photos below. There’s no rhyme…

Thanksgiving Day Thankfulness

I have many, many things to be thankful for and know I have been blessed beyond measure. I have a great family, make a comfortable living doing what I love, and have a strong faith in God. I don’t know if there are enough hours in the day for me to ful…

Dedicated to Dairy

If you follow this blog, my twitter account, or our farm’s facebook page, you probably understand that it takes a lot of dedication to be a successful dairy farmer. That dedication is not just about the amount of hours spent working as it extends to ho…

Emergency Surgery in the Cow Pasture

This morning’s after-breakfast “to do” list included feeding the heifers and dry cows, moving seven cows from the milking herd to the dry pasture, and replacing a small but crucial piece of equipment (a pulsator) in the milking barn.Performing an emerg…

Dairy cows stage brief "Occupy Farm Lane" protest

“Heck no! We won’t go!”We moved our milking herd across the road from their normal pasture this morning so they could graze in another pasture for a few hours. After lunch we begin to bring them back across the road, and at first everything seemed norm…

Make a difference on World Food Day

Cows have been milked on my family’s dairy farm every day for over 55 years. That’s over 20,000 consecutive days.  We’ve been milking cows not just every day of my life, but of my father’s as well.  Over half a century worth of Christmases, T…

Harvest is finished, but there ain’t no slowing down!

We can finally close the book on this year’s silage harvest! What started six and a half weeks ago ended Thursday with 165 acres of corn, forage sorghum, and sudex chopped, packed, and sealed into our three silage pits.  I’m estimating that we har…

Silage Harvest: the end is near

Silage chopping has run pretty smoothly this week, and I’m happy to report that we now have one silage pit full of sorghum. We’ll take some time this morning to cover and seal the pit with plastic so the chopped sorghum will ferment properly. It will b…

Caught up, milk’s up, and back to harvesting

We took a break from harvesting silage last week to catch up on some other jobs around the dairy farm. Although Monday was pretty much a washout thanks to Tropical Storm Lee and its nearly 7″ of rain (much needed, by the way), we did fit in a lot of wo…