December 1, 2010 Hello! I hope you enjoy our diary. We are very active on this dairy farm. I was up at 4:45 to walk my small dog Teddy, then we start our milking at 5:30 AM. We are milking currently 88 cows in a double 16 herringbone parlor. It certainly seemed like winter this morning as it is snowing steadily. I don’t think it will accumulate much but it sure is cold. My son, Keith is stationed ...
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Hello, I am delighted to have folks peeking into life on our little goat farm. We have been raising the Pygmy goats for about twelve years now. We started small but now we have one of the largest herds in Southwest Ohio. Our herd name is “Dry Run Acres” and we named our herd after the little creek that runs across the back of our property. Every day I have chores to...
Sunday, November 28 Today Andy and I left to go to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with my Mom and Dad for a couple of days.The boys took care of the morning feeding and they checked the sows and baby pigs. They scraped and spread lime for the sows due to have babies. Doug and Lindsay processed the baby pigs. They process pigs every morning. They dock the pig’s tail, (because as the pigs get older the...
Hello, Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was well. Mine was well, this past weekend was my first cattle show of the season and I did pretty well, I guess I can’t complain. Although it was so cold we had a good time. My heifer Lou Casey really surprised me and did very well for me. Recently all our chores at home have been changed around, I now alternate with my two siblings getting up and feeding th...
Greeting from Morgan Township. We are Allen and Cathy Minges, also known as Minges Show Cattle. We raise beef cattle, with a focus on club calves and breeding stock. Both of us come from farm families and Allen farmed full-time for 22 years before taking an off the farm job in 1998 with Scherzinger Drilling. He now works a full-time job as well as farms 100 acres of corn and soybeans with another ...
Meet Dewey and Nancy Powell of Ross Township. The Powells raise miniature meat goats on a small farm on Layhigh Road. Dry Run Acres Pygmy goat herd started as a 4-H project for their son Joe and his best friend Nate in the early 1990s. As the boys grew – so did the herd, and Dewey laughs when he says “It’s a 4-H project that got out of hand!” The pygmy goat makes an excellent 4-H project because t...
We are fourth generation dairy farmers. Our farm has been in our family for over 100 years. We are located in Butler County, Ohio. I am Rosemary and my husband Edward and I operate this dairy farm. We have been married 33 years. Our son, Keith, 31 is in the United States Army. He is stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska which is near Fairbanks. Keith is being deployed to Iraq in January for the t...
Sunday, November 21, 2010 I went to church this morning. Andy and the boys fed the cattle and sows. They also checked the sows and their babies, processed pigs and bred the sows. We ate a light dinner. The boys worked in the shop. They fed and took care of everything for the evening chores while I cooked for our evening meal. We had 35 family members come over for our Thanksgiving meal tonight. ...
Hello:), It's been a very, very busy time at my house lately with all my chores, school, our show season coming up, and the holidays. Our house is just a bit chaotic. My day usually runs just about like this; I get home from school and tie up my two show calves Ted and Lou Casey then I go in and do homework. After I finally get that done I come back out and exercise and practice showmanship...
Monday, November 22, 2010 Spent most of the day getting ready for Thanksgiving. Worked in the house and Dave called occasionally to help him string out tile for the trench he was digging. Our tile system is almost done for this field. A few more runs and we will have it complete. Over 18,000 feet of tile in this side of the field not counting the tile that was put in during the spring months. ...
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