We’re obviously disappointed, sad, and frustrated but thankfully as I note in reason #7 below, days like these are to be expected as part of life. I was reminded this morning while singing & dancing with the kids to the classic song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” that God does indeed have “the wind & rain in His hands”. Why He allowed them to blow through our partially built barn today is not our’s to know or understand. Someday looking back with perspective maybe we’ll get some insight but whether or not we ever understand,” why?” we have faith that God is good and have hope knowing that He is with us going into the future.
After some pictures, we’ll be on to my original post; well almost, I did renamed it to “10 reasons we STILL love dairy” because they are all still true, even on the tough days.
D elicious food
A lways working
I ndividual cows
F amily lifestyle
A dorable calves
M ultitude of practices
S imple, pure MILK
1) DELICIOUS FOOD: Now really, there are SO many ways to enjoy dairy…. a quick cheese stick snack (my kids favorite), protein packed Greek yogurt for breakfast or a sweet ice cream treat, in an appetizer cheese ball or as part of so many delicious main dinner recipes! Which reminds me that I want to remind you to check out the new Dairy Good Cookbook for lots of great delicious dairy-filled recipes!
3) INDIVIDUAL COWS One of the reasons I love dairy farming is that each cow gets treated as an individual. On our farm each cow gets a name and we make sure we record when she’s born, her individual markings (did you know each cow has a different pattern, just like our fingerprints are different?), any medical attention she received, how much milk she makes, and soon with our robotic milking system a whole lot more information! But more than just a record, Dan knows our cows and their own unique personality. Some are timid, some feisty, some bossy, some curious, and a whole bunch of other traits!
As we’ve considered different equipment, ways of doing things, types of buildings, and more we’ve had the opportunity to call and talk with and go and visit a variety of farms to see how they do things. Dairy farmers are almost always willing to show you how they do something, tell you what works and what they’d do differently, and take time out of their busy day to talk about what they love -their dairy farms. It doesn’t matter if you sell you milk to the same coop or if you have the same breed of dairy cow or if you have a different brand of milking equipment, the attitude is that “we’re all in this together!” I’m amazed & thankful for that!
5) YOU It may seem rather silly but we really do love you, our customers, those who consume our delicious dairy foods! Obviously without you we wouldn’t be able to stay in business but more than that, you really do love dairy and often want to know more about dairy and our farms. We’re looking forward to hosting many guests through our Guest House who want to experience a real working dairy farm up close and find out where their delicious dairy foods come from!
6) FAMILY LIFE I’ve talked about this before but we love that we get to work and play with our family! And we work and play with just about everyone in our family. We obviously work with Dan’s parents on the farm, and our we love that our kids get to come along and are learning along side of us each day, and will continue to as they grow! But it doesn’t stop there. Dan’s grandparent’s are still involved, interested, and actively helpful in many aspects of the farm! And even my parents are getting involved in our new building and farm project from solar panels to decorating the guest house! And we love that we,as husband & wife, get to work together. Not all farms are like that, but we feel blessed that we get to partner not only in raising a family but that we get to do all of life together!
8) ROBOTS Now not all dairy farms use robots but having a robot to help milk our cows in our new barn will be revolutionary to what Dan does each day. Instead of spending a lot of his time milking the cows, he’ll be able to transfer that time to managing all the aspects of the farm, ultimately allowing him to provide better care for our cows! And since it won’t be as physically as hard on his body he should be able to do what he loves much longer!
10) SIMPLE, PURE MILK That’s right the last thing I love about dairy is just that – milk. Sure you can enjoy it in a huge variety of ways, but it’s amazing that a nice cold glass of milk can give you so many of the nutrients & vitamins you need each day. God created an amazing creature in the dairy cow that allows it to naturally turn what it eats into something I can, and really should, drink everyday.
Why do you love dairy? Share it in the comments!