Feeding Calves on our Farm

Feeding Calves on our Farm

Feeding the calves was my first duty, which I loved, when I came to this farm 38 years ago (as a college student looking for a farm job—but that’s another story!).  We fed whole milk, from bottle or bucket, to calves in individual hutches or pens, transitioning to...
Spring grazing management

Spring grazing management

Here are the cows in April a couple years ago, gleaning some new green growth in an large paddock that had winter stack manure applied. Spring at last We’ve been thankful for signs of spring at last, but it sure comes in fits and starts this year, doesn’t it? As I...
The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

The bulls we like for heifer calving ease

Calving ease is a feature of our Milking Shorthorn and Dutch Belted bloodlines in general.   Their moderate size, medium-to-small bone, and favorable rump structure result in most of our females calving unassisted.  We do monitor them in case of malpresentation or...
Thankful for cows that adapt to reality

Thankful for cows that adapt to reality

Are you ready for winter to end?  I do appreciate bright and pretty snow, sparkling in the sunshine, but the gray and wet days are getting tiring and the vast fluctuations in temperature do get challenging.  It’s easy to look forward to green grass and warm air. While...