Monday - December 27, 2010 Well, it’s another really cold morning. I guess I should be happy that the big blizzard of 2010 went south of us and hit the east coast instead of burying us in two feet of snow. I like winter weather as long as it is not in the extreme, too cold or too deep! Dewey is still not feeling well so I am letting him sleep in another day. I am getting all of my micro chippi...
- Van Wert
Jeff, Toni, Lauren and Ryan are the family behind the Schwab Family Farm in Butler County. We proudly produce pork as a high quality and nutritious food for the American people. Our farm is a breed to wean operation. We don’t raise crops and only have a few cows to keep the pastures cleaned up. So we like to say we do one thing and do it well since we are a small family operation. Neither Jef...
Monday, December 20, 2010 Allen did his barn chores before he left for work. Another cold day with a lot of snow on the ground that is not going anywhere anytime soon! I worked at the FB office. Short week for me with the holidays. Allen will finish the week on Thursday. After work Allen worked on the livestock trailer. The back doors seem a little loose and he is tightening up the bolts. Not a ve...
December 20, 2010 Monday: All this snow is pretty but I could do without it. It makes life on a farm more work. The cows seem to get used to it but I prefer warmer weather. My son Keith doesn't think it is cold since he is from Alaska. We did the usual milking and feeding. All the equipment is working so that helps. Keith is helping me with my new laptop and transferring programs and files over t...
Monday – December 20, 2010 Just feeding the goats today like usual so I will take this opportunity to tell you about the Zoo. Last spring we got a call from the Cincinnati zoo. They wanted to talk about purchasing some goats. Well, my first thought was “they want them to feed to the lions” but that was not what they wanted – thankfully. They had expanded their petting zoo and were looking for ...
December 13, 2010 Monday: We started out the day as usual, milking and doing chores. It seems to take longer to do the chores in the cold weather. We are leaving on a bus tour tomorrow to Nashville Tenn. to Gaylord Opryland Hotel. We only get a few days off a year. We asked friends to help with the work while we are gone. I took my dog to a friend to watch while we are gone. I was home in time to ...
Monday, December 13, 2010 Allen up early for work to start another cold day. He did his usual morning chores before off to work. He is still at the zoo for a drilling job and may be down there until Christmas. I worked at the Farm Bureau office today. After work, Allen put out round bales for the cattle and checked all the bedding. With all the cattle at our place now, he puts out 2-3 bales every ...
Monday – December 13, 2010 Out to the barn every four hours to make sure Little Lazarus is eating and staying warm. So far so good…. The farm has a coating of snow on it today. As cold as it is, I don’t think it will melt any time soon. Had to take Dewey to his doctor today and we went to El Mariachi for lunch – I love that place, the restaurant, not the doctor’s office. Stopped at the drug store ...
Monday, December 6 Allen fed before work, picked pens and checked the water for all the cattle. It is really cold out there and need to make sure all the cattle have what they need. Allen headed off to work, they are doing a drilling job at the Cincinnati Zoo. After work, Allen picked pens and fed all the cattle. Went down to pasture to check on cattle, fill up the water tanks and to make sure al...
December 6, 2010 Monday: It is a very cold day. I hate getting out of bed at 4:45 to go outside and work on these days. The warm bed with a quilt is much cozier. Anyway, I was up at 4:45 to walk my 4 pound Yorkie Poo dog, named Teddy. Then we started milking our 90 cows. I don’t think the cows care for this weather either. I have 7 calves outside in hutches. I keep them in the hutch for 6 weeks. W...
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