When I First Came to the Farm

When I First Came to the Farm

I had so much to learn about cows and farming–but how I loved it and still do to this day! Looking for a summer job It was a super windy early spring day just like this one, 39 years ago in 1981 when I first came to this prairie farm, driving down from Wisconsin...
Training Heifers to Milk

Training Heifers to Milk

Photo above by Mary Lou Shaw. Milking a family cow in a stanchion. A reader has asked for a blog post about training heifers and cows to milk.  We will cover the spectrum from training large groups of heifers with the cow herd to training a single heifer or cow...
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...