Going Above and Beyond
A few years ago we had a family emergency. Our youngest son, Levi, was admitted to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Blastomycosis. I stayed with Levi while Steve drove the 260 miles, round trip, to visit us several times. Thankfully, 16 days later, Levi was able to come home.
On that happy day for us, the weather back on our dairy farm was absolutely terrible to say the least!
Our greenhouse-type calf barn blew down in all of the wind and horrendous weather. Throughout the day there was rain, sleet, and snow. Our employees worked relentlessly, fighting the extreme weather from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. to move 65 calves into a new, dry and warm facility!
At the end of the day our herdswoman, Joan, burst into tears of exhaustion and relief! Everything was put on hold, even our own desires to stay out of the wet and cold weather, to provide for the immediate and dire needs of our baby calves!
Our sick child was home recovering and on his way to good health and our baby calves were also warm, dry and safe. What a day!
Michigan dairy veterinarians also go above and beyond to help us take great care of our cows. Read about one vet’s late-night trip to care for a sick cow here.