Tag Archive for Gilmer Dairy Farm

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, the day when presumably more people give thought to what they can do to improve the natural splendor and conserve the precious resources of our planet.  Do farmers and ranchers celebrate Earth Day? For me and probably lots of o…

Spring Harvest Update

the hay conditioner (foreground) cuts and crushes the rye before it ischopped by the forage harvester (background)We started harvesting our spring forages this week.  Harvesting is pretty labor-intensive,  as it involves cutting the crop…

Forage Thinking

My dad and I made a quick swing around the farm yesterday to check the progress of our various spring forages.  The result: time to get the harvesting equipment ready.  It would be ideal if we could start the harvest this week, but that’s unl…

Cows, grass, old tractors, etc.

As March draws to a close, the grass continues to grow, and my father and I have less out-of-town meetings to attend, the activity on our farm should really start picking up.  That’s not to say we’ve just been sitting around the last few weeks, be…

Happy Mardi Gras

We milk our cows twice a day, every day on our dairy farm. Today being Mardi Gras, though, I decided to have a little fun with it and asked our cows to “show me your teats!” And they did…all 210 of them. Twice! (and it didn’t even cost me any beads…

Looking pretty green around here!

We couldn’t hardly have asked for more favorable weather over the past three weeks, and most of our farm is turning a nice deep shade of green.  Generally mild temperatures and well-timed rains have helped our fescue pastures and our fields of spr…

Rock Pickin’

I’ve spent about four hours over the past two mornings picking sandstone rocks out of one of our fields. For years we only planted corn or sorghum there, and the rocks weren’t an issue since the harvester cut the stalks several inches off the ground. …