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!

Cosmo Cuteness!

I’m sure I do this every year with all my colts, but seriously, I cannot get enough of her! She’s too darn adorable to keep to myself so the nice thing to do is share her, right? It is the only right thing to do! Seriously. Does it get cuter?

Cosmo – the newest addition to my horse herd

It was a dark and stormy night. At about 11:30 we heard a crashing/knocking and weren’t sure what it was. When Zach poked his head out of the back door, we discovered that Shuttle had had her baby and they were no longer in the hot-wire foaling trap. They were standing in the yard! Two […]

The View From Here

Branding season isn’t as close to wrapping up as it normally would be this time of year because it’s been wet! Really, really, really wet. The rain is going to make the grass really happy, which makes for happy cows and fat horses, but the mud…Gumbo is unlike any kind of mud most of you […]

Riding With Buck: Rapid City, SD 2014

This clinic was like the others I’ve been to before – though it seemed to me there were more new faces, but it could be that those folks have just ridden with Buck in places other than where I’ve ridden. I rode in both the Horsemanship 1 and Ranch Roping Class. Writing about this clinic […]

Where the Wild Onions Grow

Where the wild onions grow there’s grass, and clover and wild flowers. Pretty yellow flowers that wave above the grass: Where the wild onions grow, horses graze in grass-filled draws. You’ll find a grown up, two-year old, “Bombshell“. She sure did get pretty! Where the wild onions grow, babies play peek-a-boo around their mamas. Where […]

Why Are Americans Failing Science?

Often when there is a discussion between those in agriculture and those who just eat, it seems battle lines are drawn between science and emotion. Both are considered when making decisions for your family’s food. We like the illusion that Americans are smarter than those from other countries, but so often reading comments online I […]

Dry Spring Days = Perfect Farming Conditions

The last week has been dry and warm which is great weather for farming. This spring has been wet in Northeast Ohio, so there hasn’t been much field work happening until about a week ago.

When the weather provides a window of opportunity, it’s necessary to spend longer hours than normal at the farm. Over the last week, many hours have been spent mowing & raking rye grass, hauling manure, plowing, disking, cultimulching, repairing equipment, and planting corn.

Taylor rakes rye grass that will be baled and fed to the cows and heifers
Lad plowing where the rye grass was harvested
Jack checking the mounds of freshly plowed soil
Plowing another field
My boys, Jack and Garrett, playing in the grass lining the fields

Josue disking
Lad, Taylor and Josue repairing the disk
Jack watches the men work
The disk is fixed and back in the field

Taylor cultimulching
The cultimulcher is a finishing tool used just prior to planting
Thanks to fellow motorists who are understanding of farm equipment on the road
Lad planting our first field of corn for the season!
Lad and Jack check for the corn seed as my Dad waits for the report

Lad measures the depth the corn seeds being planted
Planting corn
My dedicated, hard working husband Lad

Thanks to Taylor, Josue and Dave who work long hours daily to make sure the crops get in the ground. Also to my dad, Tony, who helps keep all the equipment working. Growing good crops is vital to provide our cows with the feed they need to thrive.