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June at the Dairy – Crops, Tours, Parties, 4-H & Kittens

The last few weeks have been full of action at our farm. These images share the activity we’ve enjoyed during the last few weeks.  


Garrett and the other Geauga Dairymen 4-H club members started working with their animals. This involves petting and brushing them. Then getting a halter on to lead them around when they are ready.
Garrett with Lucy (the black & white heifer) and Vanessa (red & white heifer)
Garrett and Jack brush the heifers
Jack connects with Lucy, the heifer Garrett showed at the Fair in 2013
Jack and Garrett hold two of the new kittens at the farm
Jack loves the kittens!
Farm cat, Peaches, with her babies
The 4-H boys play with the kittens while the cows watch
The planting of our corn and Sudan grass crops is complete for 2014! These crops are emerging from the soil. It’s a great feeling to see the crops growing. The weather is cooperating this year!

Corn emerging from the soil
The corn crop
We’ve been busy with tours. In the last few weeks, we’ve hosted nine groups on our farm.
Students watch cows in the milking parlor, the cows are curious about the students too!
Jack shows the students a milking machine while they observe the milking process
Students watching the cows milking
A Day Camp group having lunch in the Parlor Room
Visitors interacting with the calves
My Dad gives visitors a ride around the farm
College Dietetic Interns say hello to the heifers
Young visitors enjoy the tractor on the playground
Fun on the tire snake
My sons are out of school for the summer. They invited some of their friends to the farm to celebrate the last day of school.
My Dad gives another wagon ride through the barn. Thanks Dad!
Jack and his buddies in the corn box
Rowdy boys on the parlor balcony
This calf really likes Ben!
Jack’s buddies are ready for a ride on the train

The celebration of June Dairy Month continues!

The boys climbing on the hay bales
The center of our farm . . . the cows. We love our cows!

What’s Happening on the Farm?

We been experiencing beautiful weather all week. The sunshine allowed lots of field work and corn planting. It’s a great start to June Dairy Month! In honor of celebrating dairy, here’s a glimpse of what’s happening at the farm. . .The calves come to g…

What’s Happening on the Farm?

We been experiencing beautiful weather all week. The sunshine allowed lots of field work and corn planting. It’s a great start to June Dairy Month! In honor of celebrating dairy, here’s a glimpse of what’s happening at the farm. . .The calves come to g…

May Activities: 4-H, Lake Erie & the Farm

The first weeks of May have been full of activity. As I shared in my last two blogs, we’ve been busy constructing an on-farm creamery and preparing the farm for dairy tour season. We also have two boys that are involved in a variety of activities.

My oldest son, Garrett, and I participated in Ohio 4-H Dairy Palooza with the Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club. . .

Members of the Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club (Garrett is in the gray sweatshirt)
Dairy 4-H members learn about reproduction and breeding
They made ice cream using liquid nitrigen
Geauga Dairymen (Garrett is in the top row on the right)

 
My husband, Lad, and son, Garrett, enjoy some downtime with a bonfire in the yard. . .


On Mother’s Day, my sons and I visited Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve on Lake Erie. . .

Jack and Garrett walking on the trail to the lake
Exploring the beach
Crazy boys!
Relaxing by the lake

The boys help prepare for tour season and test the playground equipment at the dairy. . .


Jack testing the tractor and corn planter
Garrett and Jack on the tire mountain in front of the milking parlor
Tough Jack
Garrett mowing the parking lot preparing for our visitors this week
Jack with farm cat Peaches

I hope to be sharing pictures of field work soon! Northeast Ohio has experienced lots of rain in recent weeks. It’s been too wet to get into the fields to prepare for planting crops. I’m looking forward to some dry weather this week.

May Activities: 4-H, Lake Erie & the Farm

The first weeks of May have been full of activity. As I shared in my last two blogs, we’ve been busy constructing an on-farm creamery and preparing the farm for dairy tour season. We also have two boys that are involved in a variety of activities.

My oldest son, Garrett, and I participated in Ohio 4-H Dairy Palooza with the Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club. . .

Members of the Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club (Garrett is in the gray sweatshirt)
Dairy 4-H members learn about reproduction and breeding
They made ice cream using liquid nitrigen
Geauga Dairymen (Garrett is in the top row on the right)

 
My husband, Lad, and son, Garrett, enjoy some downtime with a bonfire in the yard. . .


On Mother’s Day, my sons and I visited Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve on Lake Erie. . .

Jack and Garrett walking on the trail to the lake
Exploring the beach
Crazy boys!
Relaxing by the lake

The boys help prepare for tour season and test the playground equipment at the dairy. . .


Jack testing the tractor and corn planter
Garrett and Jack on the tire mountain in front of the milking parlor
Tough Jack
Garrett mowing the parking lot preparing for our visitors this week
Jack with farm cat Peaches

I hope to be sharing pictures of field work soon! Northeast Ohio has experienced lots of rain in recent weeks. It’s been too wet to get into the fields to prepare for planting crops. I’m looking forward to some dry weather this week.

Farm Week in Pictures 4/30/2014

Been a slow last week here from the crop standpoint.  Received 2.5-4.5 inches of rain last week and started off Monday and Tuesday both with rain and another 1/2 inch.  We have around 375 acres of corn in the ground and are ready to roll on both corn and soybeans at the same time here […]