Monday, May 23 Everyday the cattle are fed the first thing. The cows and calves are checked also. They are out in a couple different pastures now. When the cows were turned out, bulls were put with them, so if they did not get bred by AI or embro transplant, the bulls will breed them. It rained yesterday, so no field work today. I have to fix a noon meat most everyday for Jerry and our grandson...
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Monday, May 23 Everything must fit into a tight schedule for me today. Even so, I started the day with a visit to Hawthorn Glen to visit with my dad, I try to stop in almost every day, as Dad is now 91, but doing well with extra help. It is our day to order meats & cheeses for the deli. Scott and I are setting up the 1893 Barn for a Tuesday event---a senior awards night for the Bu...
Monday, May 16, 2011 Today feels like Fall. It is cold ....Temperatures in low 50's....and damp. On the business side, we had a merchandiser freezer shut down on Saturday. We lost frozen fruits and desserts. We have a local company, Tucker Heating & AC, that does our refrigeration work. They checked in over the weekend and have ordered parts already. Tom keeps up with general maintena...
Monday, May 16 Every day starts out with feeding the cattle at the different areas. The ration is corn, silage, brewers grain and hay mixed together, We drove some cows and calves to another farm, just like the old west. Jerry is chisel plowing some of the fields to break them open so they dry out before planting. Tuesday, May 17 Jerry went to the weekly auction today, bought 12 head of catt...
Thursday, May 12 Returned home late yesterday afternoon from Piegon Forge, TN. The weather was great. I mowed grass at the one barn lots. It takes about 2 hours, I didn't get stuck this time. The guys are still working in the shop. Friday, May 13 Are you superstitious ? I had to go to an implement dealer to get some repair parts. I also mowed by grass at home. Saturday, May 14 They had hoped...
Monday, May 9 We have had 2 days without rain and Tom is very anxious to get into the fields. This morning he started at 8:00 getting all jobs done for the 10:00 am opening time. Brian is usually out by 7:00 in order to get early jobs done before seeing the kids off to school. These jobs include clean up and getting our produce out to the feed bunk for sale. At 10:00 our help is ...
Sunday, May 1 Went to Church. There is so much rain standing in the fields, they are like ponds. We have had over 15 inches of rain in April. Usually we have our corn planted by the end of April, but not this year. We will plant 700 acres of corn and 600 acres of soybeans. Monday, May 2 Every morning the cattle are fed at 3 different feed lots. The cows and calves are also checked every day. Gar...
Congratulations to the 2011 Butler County Farm Bureau scholarship recipients. Mollie Burwinkel - $500 Butler County Farm Bureau Scholarship Matjam Schulte - $500 Butler County Farm Bureau Scholarship Katie Shaw - $500 Ray & Mary Jane Friday Scholarship Gregg Janos - $500 Norma Van Gorden Scholarship Jenny Shaw - $500 Butler County Dairy Service Unit Scholarship Butler County Farm Bureau is ple...
Monday, May 2, 2011 We have had lots of rain for at least a week. Our soil here is a gravel base, so water drains off easily, as opposed to a clay soil. However, we have had so much rain that our fields have become saturated. There is water covering much of the crops now. Tom had planted sweet corn on March 20 and again on April 15. This is his usual routine in order to get a crop ready to ha...
Hi, I am Cleo Gerber; my husband is Jerry. We have been married 52 years. We have four children: Rita and husband Andy; Marcia and husband Brian; Susan and husband Paul; Gary and wife Cari. We have 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. We live in Wayne Township. We farm 2,000 acres, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. We have 140 cows with calves. Also we have 400 cattle in feed lot...
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