Spring has Sprung on the Farm
Spring is always such a beautiful time of the year. Flowers and trees are starting to bloom, birds are chirping and the weather will be getting beautiful. Lately, I have seen my bulbs starting to poke out of the ground.
But when you live on a farm, there is another sound that is exciting: the churning of tractor engines. Althought that hasn’t happened yet, it will soon. By April, the guys will be busy starting to prepare for planting season.
Until that begins, some other things have been happening on the farm. We have seen dairy calves being urged to walk. Yes, the kids have picked out their 4-H calves and have started working with them for the fair. It’s actually kind of funny to see these adorable little kids and calves trying to get acquainted! Out of 10 cousins, five are taking a dairy calf to the fair this year. Some of the kids are still either too young or not the right age based on 4-H standards.
My husband, Brad, and his brother Mark are actively working on plans to build a new milking parlor. The current parlor was the first one of its kind in the state of Michigan. Grandpa Frank worked to get a more modern parlor versus a milking stanchion. That parlor has been through three generations and is getting a little tired.
A new parlor will create a better flow for the cows to get to the barn safely, more room for the cows in the actual parlor, and a better holding pen that is more suitable for the animals waiting to be milked.
The guys are excited about the possibilities this will present for future generations to work with. Although the details are still being discussed and plans are being drawn up, the buzz you hear in the air isn’t just the bees.
To be continued…