Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Sad event today - a cow calved, but since she was two months early, the calf wasn't alive.

The cow was still dripping milk from her udder, so it's possible she'll still produce.  Sometimes when this happens, they only produce milk for a little while.  Sometimes they'll give all year.  We'll just have to see.  Cows have to have a calf every year in order to produce milk.  This is one of those farming things that you know when you're involved in farming, but you don't really think about when you're not!

It's a reminder though ... spring is coming.  To get prepared, Mike went around to all the machines and took an inventory of all the filters we need to replace.  The parts store has a filter sale every year at this time.  (What?  You haven't been to the filter sale?  BIG FILTER SALE!)  Mike said when he went in they told him they have a service there where they can keep track of that for you.  Then every year at the sale they'll automatically order the filters you need.  I don't know why we didn't know about this the last four years, but it sounds great!

Soon it'll be new calves and new filters and a new season.  We're preparing for the best and the worst.  Everyone around here jokes that since our winter has been so incredibly mild, then the spring is going to be ... just like this winter.  Let's hope those calves enjoy the snow in May!

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