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:

  • 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.

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