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! :)