Second Look – Be curious, not judgemental

I remember it vividly, but how could I forget? With my eyes focused forward, I carried my youngest daughter under my arm like a sack of potatoes. From the dairy aisle of the grocery store to our car parked at the far, end of the lot, we stood out. I ignored all onlookers’ and gawkers’ stares […]

What Happens on a CAFO Farm?

CAFO stands for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. This farmer increased his farm size in order to support his three sons who wanted to continue to farm side by side.This farm chose to have their cows inside so that in the fall and winter they would be sheltered from rain, snow and freezing temperatures. In the […]

What Happens to Dairy Calves?

Even though we are what most of the non-farming public sees as the ideal small family dairy farm, we do many of the things that the largest dairies do, like take the calves away from the cows right at birth. We do this for several reasons: Dairy cows produce much more milk than a calf […]

Abandoned Pig Rescue

Recently, my daughter and I had been in the ‘big city’ 80 miles away for her orthodontic appointment and when I called home before we started back, my husband told me that someone had called for me.   They had heard of an abandoned pot-bellied pig, standing out in the yard in the snow of a […]

What Do Cows Get Vaccinated For?

Just as young children go for vaccines at different times throughout their life, so do our cattle. Last time I discussed why we vaccinate our cattle, now I’ll be sharing with you what we vaccinate our cattle for. Cattle are prone to infectious diseases when they are exposed from other cattle, just like humans are prone […]

Why Do We Vaccinate our Cows?

In one simple statement: we vaccinate our cattle to prevent disease. But let me elaborate… Many diseases that cattle can contract can have the potential to wipe out an entire herd if left undiagnosed. Not only that, but treating diseases are costly and time consuming. With most cattle diseases, animals sometimes show symptoms. Sometimes when […]

Carrying On As A Farmer

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard […]

The Truth About Calving Beef Cattle

In the midst of calving season and really any other time of the year – the dairy industry is often the focus of consumer questions and concerns.  The beef industry often flies under the radar.  With the buzz word being TRANSPARENCY, flying under the radar is not always ideal. I love taking pictures, especially pictures of […]

What You Really Need To Know About Antibiotics In Livestock

This past week, there has been a firestorm concerning antibiotic use in livestock, all stemming from the fear of antibiotic resistant bacteria. McDonalds and Costco recently announced they will require all poultry to be free of antibiotics used to treat humans in two years. And more than likely, other food companies will be following suit. My friend, Katie […]

How Do Farmers Keep Calves Warm in the Winter?

While each farm is different, one thing is consistent; we need to keep calves warm and toasty in the winter and continue to help them grow up to be healthy and productive animals. They are after all the future of the herd. In the winter it can be especially challenging to care for calves – […]