The Polar Vortex: The year started with one of the coldest winter's we've experienced.
|The snow-covered barn|
|Lad breaks up ice in the cow's frozen water trough|
|The hearty cows brave the cold winter|
|My Dad, Tony, working at the snow-covered farm|
Cows: These bovine beauties are the stars of the farm.
|Taylor with Lorena #6616|
|Heifers relaxing in their clean, dry barn|
|Andres follows the cows to the milking parlor|
|"I'm done milking, now I'm going to stand here and watch the activity"|
|Strolling from the milking parlor to the barn|
|Thirsty cows get a drink after milking|
|Josue with friendly Penolepe|
|Jack brushes Kissy Foot, she loves the attention!|
|A selfie with me and Chumey|
|Mom and calf in the maternity pen|
|Henry the barn cat likes visiting with the calves|
|A favorite spot on the farm, the calf pen|
|Marco delivers milk to the calves|
|The newborn heifer calf of 4-H animal, Flo|
Farming & Harvest: The farming season started off with some challenges. The rye grass seeds planted in fall 2013 did not emerge from the ground in 2014 due to the extremely cold winter. We had a late spring, but were able to get all the crops in the ground.
|The men check to see if our "new" used corn planter dropped the seed|
|Lad planting corn on a sunny spring day|
|Fall corn harvest|
|Jack checks an ear of corn in a partially harvested field|
Summer & the County Fair: This is a busy and fun time with our boys at the farm.
|The boys found a turtle in the farm pond|
|Boys being boys|
|Jack with farm kitty, Ted|
|Garrett's 4-H heifer, Lucy, and Jack connect|
|Brushing the heifers to getting them ready for the County Fair|
|Jack relaxes with his heifer, Daisy, at the Fair|
|Jack showing for the first time|
|Garrett with his Reserve Junior Champion heifer, Vanessa|
Tours: We have fun showing off the beautiful cows and calves at our farm.
|Garrett, me and Jack waiting for a tour group to arrive|
|This friendly calf likes one of our young visitors|
|Two ladies with the Leadership Geauga Youth Group pet one of the cows|
|The wagon ride stops in the barn|
|Jack pretends to drive the barrel train|
Rowdy Cow Creamery: Construction began on a new venture at our farm. Our new on-farm milk bottling plant will open for business in spring 2015.
|The vat pasteurizer is delivered|
|Moving the bottle filler into the creamery|
|The creamery is almost complete|
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
|Garrett, Lad, Brenda, & Jack|