Category: Livestock

Grateful for our Veterinarians!

Today was an unexpected rough day at our farm.  Our morning began with a great blessing: cooler weather!  We enjoyed milking, almost shivering.  We did our chores, fed our cows and calves…and noticed that one of our dry cows was acting…

Kitty and Fast Moving Days

A comment was made on a forum recently about an insomniac with nothing better to do than shovel verbal “BS” – something that doesn’t very often become an issue here as with long days sleeping isn’t a problem! The weekend flew by and even more was the first couple of days this week, perked up […]

Content Cows Chew Cud

Recently a group was visiting our farm and one of the tour participants asked, “Do cows really have four stomachs?” The answer is sort of. Cows are ruminants, which means their stomach contains four compartments: the rumen, reticulum, omasum and ab…

Fun Day at the Fair

Today was a great day at the Dakota County Fair. Our family participated in the Open Class Dairy Show. Continue reading

Heat Wave 2011: Staying Alive.

Sprinklers, critical to keeping our cows cool, but in our record heat, also alive.Over a month since I have blogged, but I have a perfectly good excuse for it: we were working to keep our cows alive. Minnesota experienced much like the rest of the nati…

Connor’s Silkie Vlog part 5

Baby Silkies – and Seabrights – arrived today from Ideal Hatchery. One gold seabright died on the way and unfortunately one buff drowned in the chick waterer – but the others are off to a good start, with washed pebbles in the waterer ring to keep others from drowning.  

Gumpy

20110805-082423.jpgI snapped this photo yesterday with my iPhone, of my horse, Gump. And then, because I am cool, I used Instagram to make the photo even more awesome. I know I haven’t talked a lot about my horses or my barrel racing this year but this season has gone well. We are 6 for 7 […]

The Dreaded “P” Word – Profitability

Garrett, me, Lad and Jack in the freestall barnEach day millions of Americans work to earn money to provide for themselves and their family. Businesses across the nation record annual profits and are labeled successful. Hard work is usually rewarded wi…

Progress on the Hoop Shed

Some more pallets arrived today – thankfully! – so we could finish the floor of the shelter.Arranging those was a job because they aren’t all the same size – so it’s difficult to get them even and that required a little alteration – but it works out in the long run! See how it’s coming […]

AgChat Conference 2011 Trip Project

We’re inside of a month until the 2011 AgChat Foundation Conference and I’m looking forward to meeting up with new friends and old ones. As some have seen in my previous  posts, the  AgChat foundation was set up for farmers of all types and sizes to learn to promote themselves in a way that paid […]