Christmas card images of winter on the farm often depict a barn roof, farm house and a lone cow beautifully blanketed in snow on a clear day. Winter does create some beautiful images on the farm, however the reality is not always so glamorous. Winter brings a new set of challenges to everyday work on the farm.
Some of the winterizing we do on our farm includes;
Hanging wind breaks on the alley to protect cows from cold wind on their walk from the barn to the milking parlor.
Closing the vents on the calf hutches to protect calves from the weather.
Draining the water from the mister lines that cool cows in the summer so they don’t expand and crack in freezing temperatures.
Making sure the tractors are serviced by changing the oil and filters and adding antifreeze radiator fluid.
The majority of our milking system equipment is air driven. The moisture in the air can freeze the air lines causing the equipment to stop working. So it’s necessary to add air antifreeze lubricant to the lines so they won’t freeze during cold winter days.
Share with others how your dairy farm operates 365 days each year. On our farm, the animals are feed, milked and cared for daily. Bedding needs to be replaced, barns must be scraped clean, animal health monitored, equipment serviced and so on. The cows aren’t concerned if it’s Christmas day or bad weather; they expect and receive the same care everyday of the year.