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Wow! Dairy farming is hard work......but I like it!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A little bit about me......Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) and I have a few things in common. She met her rancher husband at a bar, and that's also how I met my dairy farming husband, Josh. She didn't grow up on a ranch, and I didn't grow up on a dairy farm.........but we both love our husbands and the "new" country way of life.

My husband's parents have a smaller family owned dairy with about 170 head of cattle, and about 75 of them are being milked twice daily, morning milking starts at 5:00 a.m...lots of farm chores in the day time, and then night milking is at 5:30 p.m. My husband and I are planning on taking over the dairy farm from his parent's in the next couple years. (Josh has 2 brothers and two sisters who help, now and then, but none really wanted to take over.) The farm is going to be a century old next year, and we are going to be the fourth generation taking over.....and each time the farm is taken over, that family moves into the farm house that is on the main property.

So, a lot of changes are going to be happening, with getting situated and finding our place, and making sure his parent's (who I love like my own) are happy with their new more relaxed way of life. My inlaws are such hard workers I really can't see them just up and quitting.......I bet they will slowly wean themselves out, taking up the less rigorous work around the farm, doing the field work, and picking up my slack hahaha! :)

Josh and I have been married since 2008 and we have two children, Colten who is 2, and Clara who is going to be 1 next month. Colten absolutely LOVES the farm, and everything about farming, he just soaks it up like a sponge. Clara on the otherhand is scared of the cows...... so we will have to see if she comes around eventually, to loving it as much as her brother.

Since being together, i've helped here and there, on the dairy when it was needed, but nothing like what i've helped with this week.............

Josh's mom and dad decided to take a little vacation to the Smokey Mountains, so the kids and I have been getting up with him at 4:30 in the Morning to help. I can honestly say I have a new found appreciation for my hubby! I've never worked harder in my life, and I used to do some pretty intense landscaping jobs back in the day!

So, that's a little bit about me and the family, and I have a feeling I won't have to be using Spark as much when i'm farming.......time will tell, the cows kind of intimidate me a little, but for the most part, I look forward to this new hardworking way of life, all the calories burned in a day, and all the new things i'm going learn! :)
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    We have a friend in common so the title of your blog caught my eye. I am a dairy farmers daughter and I saw my parents bust their rears off for years and years.

    God bless the dairy farmers!

    2093 days ago
    Hello fellow farmer ! We are also dairy farmers and I was raised on a farm ! It is hard work but you can do it !! Hugs, Rose emoticon
    2093 days ago
    Wow! i'm impressed with all you do! It sounds like you have no lack of exercise opportunities. What a great way to raise your children. Thanks for telling your story.

    2163 days ago
  • MTOLL81
    You and I sound quite a bit alike! I also met my dairy farmer hubby at a bar...I am so not a 'farm girl' fact, they still call me the 'city' girl! Kudos on helping your husband! Are you going to be working side by side with him when your in laws retire (or maybe I should say take it easier since it seems like most farmers I know never really retire). Good luck on your journey! I am adding you as a friend, maybe we could help motivate eachother!
    2164 days ago
  • ELSCO55
    Wow a new challenge. Hope your daughter gets over the fear. A wonderful way to continue the family farm.
    2168 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful journey for your family! Very exciting and full of adventure!

    Smile and Enjoy the rest of your Day!
    Melinda (gopintos)
    Country Living Team
    2169 days ago
    Lots of changes ahead of you. May you find peace and grace through it all, tied up with a bright bow of joy!!

    I never really thoguht I'd live in the country - but here I am!
    2169 days ago
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