Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today's Gilmer Dairy Farm preview

The cows have been milked and fed, the calves have been fed, and the employees should be cranking up the feed truck to take care of the heifers as I type this. So after I finish my deer sausage, fried egg, and coffee (and get the Christmas decoration boxes out of the attic for my wife), I'll be heading back over to the farm for what should be a pretty busy day.

To start things off, we've got three cows to breed. As soon as our milking herd has finished eating their TMR, we'll move them from their normal pasture to an adjacent one for the rest of the morning. All the rain we've had over the last three weeks has made the ground really soft, so we're trying to move them around a little bit to keep the ground from getting too muddy.

We've also got to put out 2-3 more dry bales of hay this morning, and we need to haul up a couple of loads of wheat baleage to grind in our TMR this week. Other than that, we'll probably work on a few oddjobs or build some fence sections before lunch.

The afternoon should follow pretty much like normal...cows will be milked, the afternoon TMR will be made and distributed, tomorrow morning's TMR will be mixed up, and the calves will be fed.

And, by the way, the weather is still great down here!

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