Through my life, particulary in my younger years; I have a huge list people I need to thank for the support I’ve been given. The reality is, I wouldn’t be the person I am today with each and everyone of them. This includes family, friends, companies, bosses, advisors, professors and teachers. They know who they are, and so to you, ‘Thank you! You are the best and I cannot thank you enough’. Today, I’m going to be handing out a more specific thank you for an opportunity that I’m going to be having this coming week.
On dairy farms we have lots of babies to take care of and in our case, the baby of a cow is called a calf. A calf can be a boy or a girl, it’s a term for both that just means that they are under one year of age. I’ve already showed you how we take care of the new born calves, but you’re probably wondering what happens to them after their first few hours of life.
Good morning all! Well, my blog has certainly gotten neglected. Between moving, ending an old job, getting ready for a new job, family vacation and everything else that has happened I’ve been busy. That doesn’t change the fact that I need to post on my blog. For those of you waiting, I will be coming out with a new post shortly. It will be about calves and how we care for them! Get ready, I will be back in a few days.
To you this picture may simply be a cute girl petting a cow. But to me, this picture has a thousand words and emotions behind it. I see a passion beginning in a four year old girl. I see a loving father who wants to share his knowledge of cows. I see a family’s heritage being passed onto another generation. I could go on forever.
For those of you who do not have a background in agriculture, I’m going to try to give you an inside look at one of the toughest situations in our industry. This exciting, yet challenging decision is to pass the family farm down to the next generation. When you grow up in agriculture either you love it or you hate it. If you love it, it is a part of you. It’s in your blood and there is nothing else you want to do. The 4 am mornings and the 1 am nights are worth every second of the pain.
My last post showed you half of the harvesting process for haylage and now I’ll finish showing you the process. After we know the hay is in perfect condition for harvesting we will begin the chopping process.
A farmer’s favorite slogan in Michigan is that if corn is knee high by the 4th of July, you will have good corn. Well, this year the corn wasn’t even close to knee high… It was much larger!
These young ladies were spectators for the haylage harvest. Their pen is along the driveway the trucks take to drop off their full trailers. They had the perfect view for the entire harvesting process.