Author: William D. Gilmer

Smack-dab in the middle of harvest

Life hasn’t slowed down on the farm since our hectic “hay day” a couple of weeks ago. In fact, it’s done just the opposite. We’ve come to the point in the year when our nerves, our patience, and our equipment is pushed to the limit. That’s right…we’r…

Hay Day

What happens when you mow down all of your hay with the hopes of baling it over two days? It either rains or you have equipment problems. Or both.hay tedderWhen we ended the day on Tuesday, we expected to start baling as soon as the dew was off mid-mor…

Crops are growing and cows are calving

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks on the farm, both in the fields and in the maternity pasture.rain falling on a field of forage sorghumPlentiful rainfall has all the crops colored a nice, healthy shade of green. Our silage corn is right on track t…

Low on milk, but hopefully high on forage

As summer creeps along and we try to prepare ourselves for the impending “dog days” of August, we’re still drying off more cows than we’re freshening. For those of you unfamiliar with dairy lingo, that means more cows are leaving the milking herd for “…

Heat rises (and milk production drops)

A reporter from WCBI-TV came to our farm this afternoon to interview my father and I about the effect of summer heat on milk production. You can read his article or watch the video (story begins at the 8:18 mark) from the station’s website.David Gilmer…

An update on our cows & crops

Here’s a quick farm update for you to enjoy on this 4th of July Weekend.Cows: A few dry cows are finally starting to calve, but we have still been drying off milking cows at a faster rate.  We currently have 163 cows in the milking herd, the …

The Dairyman versus the Family Vacation

I've gotten accustomed to spending time away from the farm over the past few years. A hectic travel schedule is part of the deal when you've had the opportunity to be involved in agricultural leadership as I have recently. I'm away from the…

My dad: a farmer & a family man

My sister and I were blessed as kids to have a father who always seemed willing and able to spend time with us. Even after a long day of farm work, he would find the energy to throw a baseball with me in the back yard or roughhouse on the den floor aft…

Weed Zappin’

If this hot, dry weather has been good for anything, it’s at least given me an opportunity to kill some weeds this week. This sounds easy enough, but it’s not as simple as dumping some chemicals into a tank and taking off across a field. Each herbici…

Friday farm tidbits

Happy Friday and happy June Dairy Month everyone!  Here are a few tidbits about what’s been happening on and around Gilmer Dairy Farm:It’s HOT, Man! – The weather around here has been brutal this week as we’ve seen record-breaking temperatures pus…