Here on the farm there is always something going on. I think we all can attest to that fact. While I am writing this, we have just survived the four days of a winter storm that brought the coldest, snowiest weather our area of Michigan has seen in more than 15 years. Needless to say, this week has been a struggle here like it has for so many out there.

We have been slowly working our way through our first winter with robots. It has been many lessons learned the hard way. We found out that robots need a lot of heat to keep running well in this cold of weather. Today, on the warmest day of the week, we had a frozen milk line that shut down one robot for six hours. Those are the days where you just have to shake your head and ask yourself, “Why in the world did I choose this job?” 

I think we all have those days, weeks, maybe months where you sit there and scratch your head and try to remember why you ever enjoyed your job. For a long time I thought there was something wrong with me. I thought I was the only person who had days where I felt like this.  That defeated feeling is hard to let go of and move on. 

Now I realize that if everything was perfect all the time we wouldn’t appreciate the good days.  The ones where we get a good chunk of our list done. The ones where we have a good vet check. When our morning goes like we hoped it would. If we didn’t have those days where nothing goes as planned, everything breaks down and the weather does the exact opposite of our wishes, we couldn’t appreciate the good ones. 

The moments where the chores are done and all is quiet in the barn. I can hear the cows chewing their cud and the robots milking. Those are the best moments and I do appreciate them when I can. 


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