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...
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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...
Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market is a family-owned and family-operated business established by Tom and Bev Theobald in 1992, Other family members now involved in a full time capacity include son Brian Theobald and son-in-law Scott Meade. Daughter Kelly Meade is a key member of our Sunday Brunch Buffet team. Son Craig Theobald is the advisor/employee for electrical matters. We also have 5 grandchildren ...
Monday April 25 This is spring break for Judy at Butler Tech. The plans were to have all the trees planted before now and for us to take off for the Carolinas this whole week. Well the best laid plans of mice and men.... We don’t want to go that far with John in the hospital, The last batch of trees arrived, this one from Pennsylvania. With the .9 inches of rain today, we have received 4.15 in...
Monday, April 25 It's is crunch time! We have two days to finish "everything" before our first group on Wednesday. Thanks to our 4-H clubs, Liberty Livestock, we are in really good shape. The club came out last week and swept, cleaned and scrubbed our barns for us. Today I will do a walk through every station and make notes about what is needed to be 100% ready. It is also helpful if I have talkin...
Monday, April 25th Today was a “large day” in the lives of alpaca farming. It was called “ Shearing Day”. Michael Banks sheared the alpacas again this year. He has been shearing for us for seven years. Michael’s home is in New Zealand and he works an alpaca shearing circuit in the U.S. each spring. His base of operations is in Colorado and he and two young American men crisscross the sta...
Sunday, April 17 Chaos in the barn this morning! As I walked out to the barn I could hear the commotion. Normally the noise I hear is from hungry animals. This morning not only hungry animals…. I heard irritated animals. The gate between the goats and lambs pen was opened and they were running together. The ram (male sheep) was not happy about the goats being close to his ladies. Plus, one of the ...
Monday April 18 This was a good day to get caught up with some tasks. I worked this morning, on the Public Policy Action Team’s portion of the Butler County Farm Bureau newsletter. I reported our meeting with the elected and appointed officials on local and state issues. Also, I enclosed a survey for our members to return to our office about increasing Butler County’s sales tax, elimination of...
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