Saturday, June 25, 2011
Just a reminder to get over to Progressive Dairyman and vote for Dryer's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, and all your other favorites, by Clicking on the link near the bottom of the page here. Help get us a win in round two over
Although Ashley is a very nice person you know that chunks of cookie dough taste better than "malt balls" found in our competition. Also, you can't afford to "dribble" your ice cream when it tastes as good as Dryer's Cookie Dough.
You also might be interested in checking out a giant ice cream sundae by clicking here
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
We nearly got an inch of rain on May 29 and repeated that since yesterday afternoon. Those two storms alone gave us what an average month usually brings us here in May And June.
What the sky looks like almost every other day.
You know it's wet when water fills the tracks.
I guess the wet ground has been good for the earth worms. This is a good sample of what we get nearly every shovel full.
This tractor got stuck just trying to find a way out of the field after pulling out the other tractor.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Ice Cream Flavor Face-Off Vote for our favorite:
Monday, May 30, 2011
We have become quite good at planting tractors this year. I guess on the positive side of things we also have become fairly quick at pulling them out and a little better at stopping before we sink all the way to the axles, frame, and fuel tanks. These pics are of a time we didn't get that lucky and it took a lot of digging and placing railroad ties under the wheels to get us up out of the mud hole.
I took a small chain out because my dad told me it should come right out but then volunteered to stay at the barn and milk while I took one of my workers out with our smaller tractor. I think he knew it wouldn't be quite that easy. As soon as I looked at the far side of the tractor I knew we would be there a while. So we got shovels and started digging out from under everything and behind the wheels. My neighbor came out and went back for a heavier chain. Another neighbor had been watching from his farm on the hill and brought his tractor down also. We must have prepared good because we only had to use our tractor and it came right out. When my neighbor went to leave he found a wet spot with his tractor and we nearly had to pull him out. I drove around the field for a while looking for a place I wouldn't sink while it was parked.
My dad went back out and found another wet spot that wasn't anywhere near the spots we already found. I notice one of our railroad ties was missing and had to go shovel and poke around in the mud till I could find it in the previous spot You can click here to see us pulling it out the next morning, it was quite and easy pull. Luckily our neighbor was smart and offered to work our field with his much smaller and lighter tractor and disk. He was able to get most of our field disked which should help it dry if it ever quits raining on us.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Here are some links to blogs of people that care for animals for a living:
Heather Koehler talks about the difference between pets and livestock
Around the Farm Blog
Ray Prock discuss these issues and also has compiled a list of other farmers doing the same
Emily Zweber shows how they care for the calves on their farm in a video
Zweber Family Farm
Friday, April 15, 2011
- A young female before she has had a calf of her own is called a heifer. They usually calve for the first time around two years old. They are considered cows after they reach three years old.
- A young female that has had only one calf is occasionally called a first-calf heifer.
- A springer is a cow or heifer close to calving
- We also call them close ups and start feeding them a grain mix similar to what they will get when they calve to help them through the transition
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
The ground was not frozen enough under the insulation of the snow. Had to dump the whole load and dig the tractor out with shovels, unhook it from the spreader and luckily drove it out. Then we were able to dig out the spreader and pull it from the rear to get it back on solid ground.