Tag: family farm

The Future of Our Herd: Calves and Boys

When the boys and I were at our dairy Saturday afternoon, we visited the calf pen. These heifers are about 4 months old and were eager to play with us. We were glad to spend time with them – fun was had by all!The calves like the attention from Lad and…

Excitement on a Foggy Day

One of the climate issues we encounter when living near the coast is FOG.  Some people call it our ‘natural airconditioning’ because it visits us all summer long, actually all year long.  During the summer months, it really keeps things prett…

The Boys Adventures on the Farm

One of the great perks of being dairy producers is raising our family on the farm. There are fascinating adventures all around. Garrett and Lad take a moment to chat…………Jack telling his Dad about what he’s going to try next……….. Ther…

The Legacy of Duane Hastings

One of the perks of dairy farming is the opportunity to work with family. My husband, Lad, and I grew up in the dairy industry which has shaped who we are today. This week Lad’s father, Duane Hastings, will celebrate his 75th birthday. This post …

Wonder Who’s Producing Your Milk? Meet a Dairy Farmer

Many consumers are curious about the origin of their food. Who produced it, what management methods were used, how the animals are treated, and is it safe and nutritious are some of the questions people ponder when making buying decisions in the gr…

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…

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 …

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…

Fun on the Farm

Growing up on a farm is a great lifestyle for families. Being a farmer takes long hours of hard work but also provides unique opportunities for family fun.It’s lots of fun to play in the feed . . . . Our son Jack playing in the feedMy husband, Lad, pla…