Generations of Dairy Farmers

Lad and my families have a long history in the U.S. dairy industry. My family is from California and Lad’s from Ohio but their stories are similar.Harold “Chief” Hastings (Lad’s grandfather) with his first cow in the 1930’sCurby Goldsmith (Brenda’s g…

Computer Down for Repairs

Well I’m back!  My dear, wonderful husband was left home alone with the computer a few days ago to tend to some much needed, end of the year bookwork, only to upload a virus to our dear computer!  We luckily have a computer guy in the family …

We’re still here and busy as ever

After a six week hiatus, I’m finally back on the blog to let you know what’s been happening around here. It’s been busy, of course, but we really haven’t worked on what I would call any “major” projects on the farm. We didn’t finish drilling seed int…

Our Dairy Version of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Our snow covered milking parlorOn the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;Twelve frozen water troughsEleven cows a mooingTen busy employeesNine feed ingredientsEight bales of straw for beddingSeven cozy new calvesSix tractors freezingFive …

How Dairy Farmers get dressed for Winter?

Well, we enjoyed weather today in the 10’s above zero and that was a HUGE blessing.  For the past 2 days it’s been below zero for most if not all of the day.  Yesterday’s high was -2!  We work hard to care for our cows and calves in thes…

Let it Snow – Preparing for Winter on our Farm

We began winter with three feet of snow last week and it looks like were in for another two feet of snow this week! It’s December in northeast Ohio which means snow is falling and temperatures are dropping. The holiday season is upon us. Our boys are a…