Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day, y'all!

People from all over the place are celebrating Earth Day today, which I tend to refer to as "Monday".  In fact, I know today is Earth Day only because it was printed on a calendar I have hanging in the milking barn. When you practice what Earth Day preaches on a daily basis, I guess you can forget that there is a specific day set aside to celebrate and embrace "being green".

Taking good care of our land and natural resources is very important to us. We utilize farming practices that minimize erosion and preserve topsoil, maximize the nutrient potential of our cows' manure to fertilize their feed crops, and maintain high air and water quality. And these practices aren't just good for business, they ensure that our farm's environment is well-suited to raising healthy cows and...more importantly...healthy families.

So Happy Earth Day today, tomorrow, and every other day of the year! I'll leave you with a couple of photos and a video of our milking herd strip-grazing, a practice we use to take care of both our land and our cows.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday morning farm photos

Here's a photographic recap of some of this morning's farm activity:

One of the first jobs after breakfast was to drive a group of seven "dry cows" up the road to a new pasture. We want to keep them a little bit closer as they begin to approach their calving dates.


We also moved our milking herd past the barn, down the road, and into a fresh grazing pasture this morning.

By the second half of the morning, we turned our attention to our disk. We now have a full (and long overdue) new set of blades on it.

The low, gray clouds finally cleared off shortly before lunchtime, so it looks like we'll get to enjoy a pretty Spring afternoon for a change.