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Fair musings

I’ve heard it said that there are two kinds of people that grow up on a farm; those who can’t wait to leave and those who never leave. My sister is definitely in the former group. My mother used to joke that when my sister was a kid she’d say, “What? There’s a train leaving? When? Where’s it going?” She now happily resides and thrives in the suburbs of Chicago. The three brothers never ventured very far away. Two of them make their living from family…


Added by Valerie Moss-Deegan on February 7, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

A Time for Everything

I pulled up to the dairy and parked in my usual spot. I got out and fumbled around as I put my 7 week old into the stroller. My husband was combining soybeans in the field next to the barn so we began to stroll around as we watched the cloud of dust rolling behind the machine with the most beautiful orange sky in the background.  I sighed a bit as I let go all the pressure I had put on myself to “do” something today. Let me just say for the record that I was totally naïve in my view of…


Added by Laura Flory on November 23, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Dairy farmers need to stick together!

Annaliese Wegner wrote an excellent guest blog entitled "There is more than one way to dairy farm" for the October edition of Progressive Dairyman. I agree with her sentiments exactly! Before we sold our herd, we were a third generation, 35 cow, pasture based, tie stall dairy, but we never derided other dairy farmers or the way they chose to run their farms. Now-a-days there are so many different ways to farm - large or small scale farms, high tech or low tech methods and equipment,…


Added by Betsy Fleury on October 28, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments

CUDS Takes China!

For over 20 years, the Cornell University Dairy Science Club (CUDS) has taken a trip during the winter break. Every other year the club travels to California, and the opposite year is an international trip. On international trip years, half the club, typically the freshman and sophomores and some transfer students travel to Italy while the upperclassmen choose their destination based on a group discussion and our advisor’s ability to make effective linkages to industry professionals.  Last…


Added by Ashley Howlett on July 26, 2016 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Calf Video Goes Viral

Farmers have creative minds when it comes to solving problems.  In the fall of 2014 we installed automatic calf feeders, and for the most part we are liking the results.  The calves are bigger and healthier along with a better quality of life for our family.  There is one thing though that we have been struggling with.  Sucking.  We have noticed more sucking the longer we are in the barn.  We already had exercise ball for the calves to play with.  Talking with our calf nutritionist we upped…


Added by Christina Winch on May 26, 2016 at 11:06am — No Comments

How I Accidentally Fell in Love with a Farmer

Ours was not love at first sight.

Dairy Man was a friend of my college housemate. The first time I remember him was when he came to my door looking for her.

“Is Amanda here?”


“No, sorry.”


“Ok. Hey, would you like to get coffee sometime?”


“Um. What was your name again?”

DM wants me to point out that I’m oversimplifying this exchange, but that was the…


Added by Jessica Folkema {ModernFarmWife} on February 11, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

For Soon to be College Students!

As I am about to begin my last semester of college, I can’t help but to look back on the last four years; not making it into my number one college, transferring twice, and seizing every opportunity. For those who make the decision to attend college, it’s a huge transition. The easiest part of being in an agricultural major is finding friends through classes and clubs on campus. While you’re out there hunting, think about what you really want to learn and what direction, or directions, you…


Added by Ashley Howlett on January 15, 2016 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Thankfulness Might Be Hard to Come by This Year

We are a week out from Thanksgiving as I write this post. This year the holiday will not be exactly as we envisioned it months ago. Honestly, the entire fall hasn't turned out exactly as we thought it would. When I looked ahead this past summer I envisioned us getting ready for our new baby that will be coming in January. I figured I would be waddling around the kitchen making food for our family gatherings and heading out to the barn to help with holiday chores. Other than the baby doing…


Added by Ashley Messing on November 19, 2015 at 6:58am — No Comments

Reasons to Eat Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese was once one of the cool kids of the dairy world, but its popularity has greatly declined over the past 40 years. Consumption has declined by over half as other dairy products like Greek yogurt and kefir have rapidly gained in popularity. While cottage cheese may no longer be the sexy dairy food to eat, it still provides a lot in terms of nutrition.…


Added by Chris Columbia on October 24, 2015 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Telling Stories

I have to tell you about one of my projects.  

I've been wanting to tackle this for a decade, it seems. But life tends to get in the way of good intentions, doesn't it? 

My county has a great history. I think most do, but ours is a true wild west legacy. For many years, Lincoln County, Idaho was the end of the rail line, home of the coldest beer in the west and filled with the stories that only a town populated by miners, railroad men and ranchers can tell. I've lived here…


Added by Karma Metzler Fitzgerald on October 12, 2015 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

When a spur of the moment recipe works

Sometimes figuring out what we are going to have for dinner is the most challenging part of my day. The days I work off the farm I try to put something in the crockpot before I leave. It's one last thing to worry about when I get home. This past week I found my self pondering over breakfast what to put in the crockpot that day. Since we are having temperatures in the 90's this week, I wasn't in the mood for a roast or chicken with carrots and potatoes. Those are cold weather meals. I didn't… Continue

Added by Christina Winch on September 4, 2015 at 3:29pm — No Comments

My Experience at the USDETC

I was so incredibly excited to receive the email in March of this year which stated I had been accepted into the US Dairy Education and Training Consortium. It was a program my advisor had recommended to me for since I began my sophomore year and I had also spoken to a pre-veterinary student who attended.

I was one of the closest students to the consortium residing five hours away since it takes place in Clovis New Mexico. Clovis is a city of forty thousand nestled between the…


Added by Lauren Shae Schlothauer on July 5, 2015 at 4:22pm — No Comments

Are your children certified to operate a tractor?

113.  14,000.  2,700.  No these numbers do not represent number of cows being milked on a farm or a rolling herd average.  These numbers are statistics related injuries and fatalities on farms to youth.

113 – the average number of youth under the age of 20 that die annually in farm related accidents.

14,000 – the estimated number of youth injured on farms in 2012.

2,700 – the number of injuries in 2012 related directly to farm work.

I don’t know about you, but…


Added by Christina Winch on July 2, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments

U.S. Dairy Education & Training Consortium

Howdy!  My name is Madison Crum, and I am a senior Animal Science and Agricultural Communications major at Texas A&M University. This summer I have the privilege of attending the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium in Clovis, New Mexico. In the program, students learn the ins and outs of the dairy industry. Professors, veterinarians and industry professionals lecture about animal welfare, milk…


Added by Madison Crum on June 13, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A great learning experience for children!

Steve and I are part of the Franklin County Dairy Promotion group, which set up a booth at the Enosburg Falls Dairy Festival this past weekend. Our dairy promotion group borrowed a full size plastic cow statue from the St. Albans Milk Co-op and used her to attract attention to our booth. This cow also had some special features. She was able to “moo” and could even be milked!…


Added by Betsy Fleury on June 8, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

Eager for Dairy

We kicked off Dairy Month a day early yesterday with a whole lot of dairy. Beginning the day with our own local 4H club's annual 4H Project Workshop and Chicken BBQ. 

The workshops are held to help instruct 4H members how to show or just to practice showing different animal breeds at the local fair.  Non 4H members are also encouraged to come out and learn and try handling the animals as well.  Fun for…

Added by Nancy Grossi on June 3, 2015 at 1:26pm — No Comments

5 tips for giving a farm tour

Rob and Christine Waddell of Townville, Pennsylvania, host several farm tours a year on their 900-cow dairy operation, Apple Shamrock Farms. I recently attended one of Waddells’ tours, along with my mom and sister-in-law, so that we could learn some tips for giving tours on our own operation. Read on for my key takeaways, and comment below to provide your farm tour tips.…


Added by Emily Caldwell on June 3, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Navigating Turnover

Turnover, a word that strikes fear into managers everywhere…How do I recruit new hires, how do I onboard them, how will they fit with the team.  All legitimate questions we have when replacing somebody and that can keep us up at night.  On our farm we recently for differing but very legitimate reasons lost two seasoned team members, one had been here for 13+ years and the other 7+ years.  Neither of these employees were terminated by the farm and there was no warning that the change was…


Added by Theo Scholze on May 23, 2015 at 5:55am — No Comments

My Little Voice…And How 4-H Has Helped Me Listen To It

Engage, ignore....engage, ignore....engage, ignore...

The options tumble through my mind like clothes in a dryer. On one hand, I couldn't be more excited to shout from the rooftops everything I love about agriculture and the people who feed our world. They're intelligent, adaptable, realistic dreamers with boots in the dirt but a small part of their hearts always in the clouds - never getting too comfortable in the present, but rather, looking toward the…


Added by Callie Curley on May 21, 2015 at 10:46pm — No Comments

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