- 3:00am - start milking
- 5:00am - put the TMR in the milking herd's trough (my first responsibility of the day)
- 6:00am - finish milking and go home to eat breakfast
- 7:00am - employees arrive, wash out holding area and begin feeding calves and heifers
- 7:45am - Dad and I get back from breakfast, everyone gets busy with "odd jobs"
- 8:30am - begin process of moving a concrete trough section from a dry cow pasture to add to the milking herd's feeding area
- 10:15am- finish installing trough section, begin cleaning up feeding area
- 12:00pm - go home for lunch
- 1:00pm - milking and TMR building/feeding begins
- 2:30pm - I start putting out hay bales for heifers and dry cows
- 3:30pm - milking is done, rain begins to fall on me as I put out hay bales
- 3:50pm - finished with the hay, I help feed the calves
- 4:10pm - everything's finished...go home, clean up, and wait on wife and son to return from the in-laws.
- 5:30pm - begin writing this blog post, which doesn't really offer much information or entertainment to the reader.
- 5:55pm (projected) - Finish this post and log off the internet. The remainder of the evening will include supper, opening Christmas presents, going back to the farm to help deliver a calf (because that always seems to happen on holidays), working the late shift for Santa, and then getting a little shuteye before Christmas Day begins for me at 3:00am in the dairy barn.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Christmas Eve Recap
It was just another day on Gilmer Dairy Farm to be honest, but here's the recap in case you're interested: