Our dairy farm, along with many others, dehorns calves at a young age. Calves are born with horn buds that gradually grow in to large, pointy horns as the animal ages. As you might imagine, these full-grown horns have the potential to be quite dangerous. The horns are dangerous for the cow, other cows and the farmer; here is […]
From all of us at the farm! Have a wonderful day.
I tell you what, it is not easy being a food consumer these days. It can be extremely confusing to know which products are okay to buy and which are not. Food labels and the media are no help. What is a hungry gal to do?! Making matters worse, Chipotle is releasing a four-part comedy […]
Everyone knows that cows make milk (at least I hope you do!), but there is more to this animal than meets the eye. Here are a few fun facts you might not know about the dairy cow! 1. There are SIX main breeds of dairy cattle. I have listed them from my favorite to least […]
Have you ever been driving along a country road and gazed at the dairy cows roaming the pasture? As you looked a little closer, you might have noticed that these cows were wearing collars. “Why on earth would a cow need a collar?” you might wonder. Not all cows sport collars, but many do and […]
Great blog explaining why dairy farmers separate a calf from its mother. I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Today we had to make a phone call to our veterinarian. One of our cows that recently had a baby isn’t eating well, looks a little off and we suspect she has a displaced abomasum or a DA. A displaced abomasum is basically a twisted stomach. Cows have four stomach compartments, one of them being […]
It is true, we use rbST on our dairy farm. Maybe you have heard good things about this tool, maybe you have heard bad things or maybe you know nothing at all. One thing is for sure, the media gives this stuff a bad name. Even the labels on your milk jug can be confusing! […]
Let’s face it, baby calves are adorable. Who wouldn’t want the job of feeding these babes every day? I’m here to tell you the job is tougher than it looks. My first job as a kid was feeding calves with my grandma and it wasn’t always easy. Feeding and caring for baby calves takes time […]
Whew! What a morning at the farm! It seemed to take FOREVER! It was a very chilly morning in Wisconsin, and I was freezing my butt off! I’m home now, trying to unthaw my toes and dreading having to go back outside for chores. Ahhhhh, the life of a farmer. Today was Herd Health day, which means our […]