Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Week at the Dairy - Party, Day Camp, Media Interview & Policy Discussion

My sons and I recently returned home from a trip to California where we visited my family. We had to hit the ground running because a busy week was ahead of us. In addition to the regular routine at our dairy…milking, feeding, delivering calves, cleaning barns, herd check, and so on. It’s been a lively week on the farm.

Saturday was spent preparing the dairy for the week of visitors. Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, cleaning windows, sweeping, removing spider webs, and all the preparation necessary to make our farm beautiful. 

Garrett and Jack pet some of our farm cats
Sunday we welcomed a family celebrating a child’s birthday with a party at our farm. The participants ranged in age from 3 months to 80 years old. The group had a meal in our parlor room, took a tour of the dairy and the children had fun at our indoor and outdoor play areas. A good time was had by all!

Monday I had a visit from Margie Wilber, Write 2 the Point and Editor-in-Chief at Geauga Business Magazine. She came to our farm for an interview and photos for her publication. Here are a few of the great pictures Margie took…….

Me watching the cows walk from the barn to the milking parlor
Cows walking from the milking parlor back to their barn
Me with the cows
Beautiful calf
Lad and me
A curious cow
Tuesday students in 3rd to 6th grade from Step by Step Day Camp spent some time on our farm. They toured the dairy, had lunch and played.........

Jack shows the students the cows
"She licked my hand!"
Who's having more fun, the kids or the calves?
Having lunch in our Parlor room
Playing in the sandbox
Wednesday it was time to catch my breath and do some dairy office work. Not exciting and glamorous, but very necessary for the smooth operation of our business.

Thursday Jordan Warfield, District Outreach Representative for Congressman Steve LaTourette’s office, and Les Ober, OSU Extension, stopped by to talk about the pending 2012 Farm Bill and how the drought is impacting our dairy farm. They visited three farms in the county representing grain, livestock and specialty crops. I’m glad they reached out to us. We had a good chat.

Saturday was time for a little rest and relaxation. Our family attended the Ashtabula County Fair just north of where we live. There are lots of great county fairs in Ohio throughout the summer and fall. We walked through all the barns to see rabbits, turkeys, ducks, goats, dairy and horses. No fair visit is complete without riding a few rides and eating a corndog!

Jack, Lad and Garrett check out the poultry
This is fun!
It was a fulfilling week!

2 comments:

  1. I cannot imagine all the work it takes to have visitors! We barely have enough hours in the day to get everything done at the farm! I am impressed big-time!!

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    1. It's a lot of work, but worth the effort. Visitors seem have a good time at our farm and enjoy seeing all the cows and calves. Many make comments about how neat it is to visit a real farm!

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