Tag: calf

Preemie “Chocolate” Update

A few weeks ago I addressed the issue that dairy farms occasionally have premature calves.  We were lucky enough to have the cutest premature calf who had a will to live.  My kids named this adorable little guy “Chocolate”.  Since that post, I have…

Calf Care – Why it is my passion

Raising calves on an organic dairy farm in Western Washington is challenging.  We have been certified organic since 2006.  It has been a total reeducation raising calves.  We did a great job raising calves when we were conventional, but we had so many tools…

Show Season

One of the many blessings of entering the spring season on a dairy is the realization that “show” season is right around the corner.  Luckily in our part of the country, we have several youth fairs and other shows available for dairy kids to…

What does $5000 buy??

Right now, we are in the process of building a new calf barn.  Many times it is easier to just keep doing things on dairy the way they have always been done.  A calf is born, fed milk for 2-3 months, weaned, and then…

Cow Fact for the Day

On our farm, calves live in clean, dry individual pens called calf hutches where they have ample space to move about freely.  These calf hutches protect them from other members of the herd and our rainy inclement weather.

Holidays and Cows!!

One thing every dairy farmer has in common is we work every holiday.  Ask any dairy farmer what their typical workweek is and they will usually respond “I work everyday and usually 60-70 hours a week”.  Even when the schools, post office, banks, and…

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