A few months ago I showed how we feed our dairy cows and I promised I would show you how the feed gets into the storage bunker. Here it is, your introduction to harvesting haylage. Before any hay can be harvested, we have to start with a great field. Getting a great field takes a lot of patience, sun, warm weather, rain and a little bit of carefully placed fertilizer.
A few months ago I told all of you about my family being one of the featured families in a regional grocery chain, Kroger. As an update I thought I would let you all know that the promotional materials have officially made it into the stores. In order to see our picture all you need to do it go to your local Kroger store and check out the dairy case! Kroger is also giving away free milk for a year everyday in June, so hurry, there’s only a few days left to take advantage. Stay tuned for a new blog… Read More
Last week on Saturday I had one of my best experiences in advocating for agriculture (agvocating). I had the pleasure of helping at Clinton County’s Breakfast on the Farm at Steenblik Dairy Farm. All 5,500 of the breakfast tickets were sold out a week before the event was being held. With that in mind, I knew this was going to be a big event.
My last post told about how my family had been chosen as one of the families representing Michigan Dairy Farmers in Kroger stores this summer. Recently, we had our photo shoot and I’m going to share some of the behind the scenes experience. If you’re lucky enough to live near a Kroger store the heifers you will see in the background are from my family’s farm. There will be 4 farm families featured in the promotional materials as well.
During the last few days, some exciting events have happened in the world of agriculture and Messing Dairy. Friday afternoon my mother called me absolutely bewildered. “Ashley, you will never guess who I just got off the phone with.” Of course, I had no idea so I asked her who it who it was.
Yesterday, I got a call at about 3 in the afternoon saying that the Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm, made March 20th “Michigan Meat Out Day”. March 20th is also National Ag Day, a day used to celebrate agriculture and everything it does. Michigan agriculture is not going to sit down and take this, March 20th is our day to celebrate and we are going to stand up for the fact that meat is an essential part of a balanced diet. The USDA’s new food pyramid suggests 5 oz. of lean protein every day and three cups of dairy! According to… Read More
Have you fed your family today? If so, thank a farmer. This week is especially close to my heart because it is National Ag Week. This week is important because it is a fabulous time to thank farmers and ranchers for the hard work they and their families put into producing food. For farmers and ranchers, we use it as an opportunity to promote and educate what being in agriculture is all about. With the beautiful spring weather being everyone is feeling extra motivated, making it the perfect week for Ag Week. Ears are extra perky and tails are held… Read More
Food, it is one of the essentials that all life on earth have in common; we have to eat something. Different species have different requirements and ways of getting food, but we all still have to feed ourselves one way or another. So, you might ask what my post is about today. Well, try to contain your excitement… I’m going to show you how we feed cows through pictures! I’m also going to write about the process. I’m going to start by showing you from the bunk. When it’s harvest season I will show you about harvesting the feed and… Read More