Winter on the Dairy
On a dairy farm, there is always lots of work to do year round. Our cows still have to be milked twice a day — even on holidays. And of course there is still feeding, watering and checking on them to make sure they are healthy. The vet still comes out every other week.
Everything is slower in the winter because of the ice and snow. We have to plow the driveway and make sure the milk hauler is able to get to the parlor without much difficulty. We take care of tractors by having them warmed up. We do more maintenance on tractors and equipment during the winter. We also have to make sure the waterers — the watering troughs for the cows — don’t freeze up. We even put “coats” on the baby calves to make sure they stay warm.
We aren’t busy with planting or harvesting crops like we do in the spring or fall, but we have to spend time planning for next season and repairing or getting the equipment ready for planting.