Tag: Gilmer Dairy Farm

Spring Preview

This has been one of the snowiest winters I can ever remember around these parts.  Some years me might get two separate accumulating snowfalls, but I think we’ve had four this year.  We’ve even had snowfall as recently as last week.I don’t th…

What’s the next step?

Serving as the chairman of the AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee this past year was a great honor and a tremendous experience. It gave me the opportunity to travel around the country and speak to folks about our organization and industry, …

Busy Monday, Wet Tuesday

Monday always seems to be pretty busy on the farm, and yesterday was no exception.Our local large animal vet arrived on the dairy around 8:30am to pregnancy-check 60 cows from our milking herd.  Most of the cows he checked were pregnant, and it no…

Typical Wintertime on the Dairy Farm

GDF #457 gets a pedicureIt seems we’re right in the middle of our wintertime “slow” period here on the dairy. That’s not to say we haven’t been busy, we just don’t have any major projects going on outside of our daily herd management. We seem to be f…

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…

Busy times on and off the farm

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve blogged, so here is a quick entry to catch you up to speed with what’s been happening.I took a little break from farming a few days ago to spend a long weekend in St. Louis with other members of the AFBF YF&R …

Making progress

It’s been a good week on the dairy farm, and we’ve made some progress on several fronts.We are finally having more cows freshen than the are drying off, so our milking herd size is beginning to increase. Milk production (per cow) is also continuing to…

Got fetus?

“Got fetus?”That’s the question our local large-animal veterinarian will be answering when he comes to our farm this morning to check about 80 cows and heifers for pregnancy.Many of the cows he’ll examine were artificially inseminated with Angus semen …

Time to get busy!

I guess the dairy farming life is always busy, but the past couple of weeks have seemed a little slow since we’ve not had any field work or extra herd work to attend to. That’s about to change, though.Yesterday evening we received about an inch of lon…

Still waiting on the wet stuff

We’re still facing dry conditions here on the farm, and our fall forage planting will continued to be delayed until a fair amount of rain can fall. The US Drought Monitor currently has us designated as D0, or “abnormally dry”. I expect that we’ll be …