Yikes! It's been a little while since I have posted something again. That's not really intentional, but be have still been in a whirlwind of busy-ness at the farm. Now that the silage is off of the fields we have the opportunity to haul manure to add fertilizer and organic matter to the soil for next year's crops. Today we got rained out of the fields, and we expect we won't be able to get into the fields for the next 3-5 days, since we are in a Flood Watch until Friday. Oh well, rain delay!!!
We have also been working diligently to plan a much needed "vacation" to World Dairy Expo. We can't just pack up and leave, as cows need care 24 hours each day, so we have been working to find people that are available to milk cows, feed calves, and feed cows while we are gone. Not just anyone can do these tasks, we always look for qualified individuals that know how to handle animals with respect and care. We want to know that our cows are in good hands while we are gone. As of right now, we have enough people to milk and feed calves, just looking for a feeder for 3 days. I am so excited to breathe the sigh of relief that we have found people to replace us. I am also excited to have 3 days off to enjoy a little bit of Wisconsin (my favorite place in the whole US, beside MN) and see friends and family!!!! Now we have to work to train the new milkers, organize protocols (so they know what to do in case something should happen while we are gone) and re-stock all supplies, so they don't have any issues. So, this next few days we will be working diligently to get stuff ready!
We are also looking forward to "Calving Season". At our farm, we have a few months during the year that tend to have the most cows and heifers calving. Those months are usually September through March. We look to have about 14-19 cows and/or heifers calving each month!! That's a lot of little baby calves and mothers to care for, but we look forward to it each year! I love the calves and my husband enjoys caring for the cows. We will be required to put more time in at the farm to care for all of these animals, but that's ok. So stay tuned for lots of stories about baby calves and the joy that brings us!