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 in Alaska. It is really cold there, minus zero. So I guess I shouldn’t complain about our weather. After milking and all the cleanup involved, I fed my baby calves. Some of the calves are in hutches outside. The younger calves I put in the barn last week, as it may get too cold by the time they are weaned. After we had our chores done, my husband, Edward , my mother and I went to visit my sister-in-law in the hospital. She was taken to the hospital on Monday but is doing better now. She was happy to have visitors. On the way home, we stopped to get some lunch at Frisch’s. At 4 p.m., I go out again and feed my calves their second feeding of milk, then we start milking. Tonight, our employee Bill is doing the evening milking. I will go and bring the cows in for him and help with problems. Edward is doing the cleaning of the cow floors and feeding.
December 2, 2010
Cold day again. I was up at 4:15 to walk my dog, and then feed my calves before milking. It is dark but very quiet outside. Today is herd health day with our vet, so I need to sort some cows while milking, so they can have either pregnancy checked or post calving checked. Also my mother’s cat needs vaccinated, so I got him and to bring him to the farm. While milking, we found that a water heater isn’t working properly and not cleaning the equipment. Edward is currently fixing the water heater, then running the system through another cleaning. I took all our milkers down, and cleaned them thoroughly. Bill was off today so I did both milkings. We had a Brown Swiss heifer have a calf and an old cow had a enormous bull calf. Both cows were brought in to milk and did great.
December 3, 2010
We did our usual morning chores. The Surge repairman, John, was here, trying to figure out why things are not working. We need to replace the elements in the water heater and some other adjustments. Edward is busy cleaning our barns and cow floors. Bill was here tonight to do the milking.
December 4, 2010
We have snow on the ground, seems like winter now. We pulled two tractors in the shop to be serviced. We were busy feeding hay and placing straw in our cattle pens. Our plumber came to look at the water heater. We need to order new thermostats. Most water heaters will heat to 140 degrees. We need to heat the water to 170 degrees to properly clean our milking equipment. On Monday, we will need to find these parts. Bill has the day off so I did both of the milkings. I also fed the young calves as I always do. I did have some time to do some cleaning in the house. My son Keith will be home from Alaska next week for 5 days. My daughter and her husband are coming down to celebrate Christmas early and to see Keith. It will be a busy time so I am trying to get things done ahead of time.
December 5, 2010
We got our morning chores done, with little time to spare, then we went to Hearthstone Restaurant in Metamora, Ind. to meet my family for Christmas. I have family in Indianapolis so that is a meeting place for us. It was nice to see our relatives we don’t usually see that often. I have a big family that likes to get together when we can. It was a very cold day. I think winter is here. Bill came to do the evening milking. I am now glad to be in the house this evening.