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Monday, November 28, 2016

Pre-Order Sale on New T-Shirts for Kids

Here are the new T-shirts for kids - just in time for Christmas.

Pre-order now and get a discount - $10.99 per shirt. After the pre-order date of December 8 prices will be $12.99.

Also Where's Charlie books are another great idea for the kids. A full color, photo story book of looking for Charlie on the farm.

See side bar on the right to order.

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To order, see side bar on the right.

If you have any questions you can message me through my
 facebook page - A Farm Wife or through my Contact Me tab.

Pre-ordering will guarantee the size and color you want. 
After pre-orders selections may be limited.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Now You See It, Now You Don't

This calf just had emergency surgery.


Well, I’ll tell you.

She was transitioning from calf feed to Total Mixed Rations. Basically I guess you could say she went from baby food to eating off the table. Anyway, there were pellets in her new food and the dust from the pellets caused her to bloat. We’ve had other calves bloat in the past and while it doesn’t happen on a regular basis, it is a common issue as far as dealing with it.

The cure or fix for bloating is to insert a tube into their mouth and down into their rumen – stomach. In doing this, the gas will pass through the tube and she will be back to normal.

The reason we have to “fix” the bloating is that the bloating will get more and more severe. If not taken care of a calf could die.

So, our calf manager followed our SOP and inserted the tube. This crazy calf chewed and chewed on the tube while he was treating her and expelling the gas. When he pulled the tube out only 1/3 came. The other 2/3 was chewed off and in her stomach.

Not a good thing.

(Since I'm not savy enough to know how to add a video you can see it on my A Farm Wife face book page.)

Our herdsman who is amazing had to do surgery on the calf. We have some sort of scope but the camera wasn’t working so he couldn’t scope her to find out where the tube was. So, he started by prepping her – shaved her, disinfected her, and numbed her.

He made the first incision – just a small one. He looked inside and WaLa! It was right there.

He sewed the edge of the cut stomach to the calf’s skin to keep the stomach situated where he could work on her.

As you can see in the video the part of the tube that was inside the calf was probably about 3 feet long.

Once the tube was out he sewed her up and sprayed her incision.

She is doing great now.

Just another day on the farm.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Things You Learn When Your Feet are in the Water

I had a pedicure today from a Vietnamese woman who escaped Vietnam. I’ll call her June.

When she was nine years old her mother along with thirteen other people from their family fled. They lived on an island off Vietnam and when the decision was made; her mother threw her and her brothers into the water and told them to swim to the boat out from the shoreline. She had been teaching them to swim previously.

There were thirty people in the small boat trying to get to Thailand. Her mother had hidden food inside her clothing. There was no room in the boat to even turn around. They drifted for two or three days to safety. They spent two years in a camp where her mother learned some English, how to write a check, shop for groceries and other basic skills.

They were sponsored by a church near Grand Rapids, MI.

Before they left, when they were living in Vietnam, they had to declare the number of people living in their home and could only purchase enough rice for that many people. Also they could only purchase enough material or clothing for that many people. This was to deter anyone from hiding a person from the authorities.

Oh, and by the way, her father was taken from their home when she was four because he was working for Americans. They had no idea whether he was alive or dead.

About 10 years after arriving in the US they were informed he was alive and finally released from prison.

June was in fifth grade, knew no English and was the only “foreign” kid in the school. She had to learn the language along with everything else taught in the school. She was the “different” kid. She looked different, talked different, totally different. 

She has since become a citizen as well as the rest of her siblings and her mother. They are all working in various occupations all over the country.

I asked her what she thought about all the “stricken, afflicted, suffering” people who didn’t get their candidate voted into office. The pain and agony that has crippled these free Americans that need to check out of life because it’s all too much to bear.

She said “send them to me. I’ll tell them what suffering is all about. They have no clue what freedom really is.”

For too many, freedom has no value. How have we arrived to the place where freedom is not recognized? Where have we failed along the way? How sad that so many American’s have perished on foreign soil for so many who have no regard or appreciation of that sacrifice.

Is it too late to change the direction of our future? Can we teach those who don’t to do? Can we teach them to cherish, treasure and hold dear the freedom they don’t even comprehend?

I have no solution to this problem. I have no way to wrap this blog up into a nice tidy package with a feel good ending.

I hope June’s story will cause some to stop and think. Think and react in an honorable way and to hold our freedoms to the high significance it deserves.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Ignorance Isn't Bliss - It's Ignorant. Go Towards the Source

OK. There’s this 120% uneducated person out there that is spreading lies about the dairy industry and as a Pied Piper their followers are dancing along behind them believing every word. I will not validate this person with a name or site. But I will dissect the lies and share the truth.

This ignorant person states that cow’s milk gets whitened. They must be confusing the dairy industry with the dental industry. I can see how easily that can happen when you ignore all the facts.

Cow’s milk is white. Comes out white and stays white. There is no blood or pus in your milk. Upon occasion an animal will have mastitis. That cow is removed from the herd and treated. When her treatment is done and the hold time is up the cow comes back into the herd to be milked.

Apparently this person knows more about dairying than us dairy farmers. Their “facts” state that a cow is milked 24/7. Hmmm . . . we never knew that. We’ve been giving them time to eat, drink, mingle with each other and chill out on their mattresses in between the times we milk.

Another statement: a cow’s life span is 20 years, yet as a dairy industry we turn them out in 4-5 years – it must be from having the milkers hanging on their teats 24/7 (insert eye roll here). We have cows that are double digit in age. Must be all the attention we are giving our animals – like feeding and caring for medical needs. This has to stop so we can have a turn over every 4-5 years.

Also, after the 4-5 year kick out the cows have their throats sliced at the slaughter house – this person’s false fact. I’ve been to many slaughter houses yet I’ve not seen this. A cow is an animal. This animal provides food and products in many different ways. Milk and meat are two. If this person is so anti-animal killing then they need to inspect their cupboards and lifestyle.

Footballs are generally made from cattle hide. Ooops, no more football!

Some soaps, lubricants, lipstick, face and hand creams are made from the fats from beef. There will be some stinky, dry skinned people out there once they see this.

Say bye-bye to buttons, bone china, piano keys, wall paper, sandpaper, toothbrushes, combs, glues and violin strings.  I guess it’s OK to not use toothbrushes since this person and those who follow only eat vegetables. The can mush them up and swallow – no teeth needed.

Are you diabetic? If you follow their reasoning and don’t use animal by products (which many do) then I hope you have your will made out. It takes the pancreases from 26 cattle to provide enough insulin to keep one diabetic person alive for a year. There are 5 million diabetic people in the US and about 1.25 million of them need daily insulin. We can reduce population that way – make more room to grow more vegetables.

Rape on the farm is a common occurrence in this person’s brain. I find it offensive to even suggest something that is so horrific to so many women be used to describe artificial insemination.

Personally, I see no need to attack people’s choices in food. If you want to be vegetarian – great! If you want to be organic – great! If you want to be GMO free – great! I choose to eat meat, drink milk, be a conventional farmer and I don’t have any concerns about GMOs. There is plenty of room on this ball of mud for all of us to have choices.

There is one thing I would ask. If you have any questions about organic farming – ask an organic farmer, not a conventional farmer. If you have questions about GMOs or other farming – ask a farmer who uses GMOs – don’t listen to celebrities and angry specialty groups. Go to the source.

A great source for all your farming questions is Ask The Farmers face book page, or their site This is a group of farmers – all sizes and types that coexist on this page to answer questions and share information on all kinds of farming practices.

You know the saying “Go towards the light?”

I’m saying “Go towards the source.”

Live long and carry on.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Shhhhh - Looking for a Wife

My son - outstanding in his field.

Shhhhh. Don’t tell him but I’m looking for a wife for one of my sons.

I have one son left to marry and I really want him to be happy – translates to I want more grandkids.

And, since he never reads my blogs I should be pretty safe.

I thought I’d list the qualifications needed in case any of you are interested.

Oh, he’s smart, good looking, a lot of fun and will be a great husband and an awesome dad.

Now on to the list:

1. She must be sturdy – if you’re going to come to the farm you need strength and the ability to stick with something until the job is finished.

S   2. She needs to be organically raised by her parents –  we all know organic is so much better than the conventional way of farming that feeds the world.

     3. She cannot have any added hormones. God gave her the right amount.

     4.  She must, must, must be antibiotic free – in fact never taken any antibiotics, ever. We want to make sure that no residue from the safe antibiotics out there has ever entered her body. We don’t want any issues passed down to the future grand kids.

     5. She can only be GMO-free or it’s totally a no go. Even though the National Cancer Society and AMA and scores of other scientific and medical communities have deemed GMO products safe, we just know that “they” who tell us GMOs are evil must be right.

     6. We prefer she comes from a small family. Large families are known to mistreat their kids. In fact, they have extra kids just to get more money from the government. We call them Factory Families. No large family is a good family.

7. Along with being from a small family, she needs to be familiar and have had spent time out side – free to roam and range out to the environment. Her value will be higher than a house bound woman.

Seven simple qualifications needed.

If any of you or if you know of anyone who meets this list then please feel free to contact me and we will set up an interview time.

Oh, I almost forgot. There will be a fee of $1000 to join this search, but that’s OK because the money goes to the HFW fund. Helping to Find Wives. You can search our website to see how that money is dispersed. I can guarantee you that no more than ½% will go towards the searching process. Sadly the expenses of the Board of Director eats up the rest of the monies. Notice it was Board of Director – singular? We do all we can to cut costs. But, you’ll feel good about your donation because we’ll send you a poster of a very sad eyed, cute Mother-in-law that will melt your heart.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Youth Hunt 2016 - Again! Same Spot, Different Deer, Different Grandson.

Grandson #3 went out this evening with Son #1 (his dad)  for the last hours of youth hunt. He went to the same stand his brother got his deer this morning. See:

I texted his dad to tell him Braiden left his shoes here at my house. He texted back that there was a deer right in front of the stand at that moment.

So, I got my shoes on and grabbed my camera and headed for the barn. I was thinking positive thoughts.

As I was at the barn I heard a shot, then another and then a third. I texted Son#1 and asked if he got him. "Yep!" So Grandson #2 (who was at the barn working on his dirt bike) and I got on the gator and headed back to the woods.

When we got there they were just coming down the stand. They waited a few minutes to make sure the deer didn't get up and take off.

So, off we went.

The first few pics are a bit blurry. It was getting dusky and I was trying to keep up with them. Also, I knew my camera battery was close to dying so I couldn't take extra shots.

We looked for blood - as all good trackers do.

Right where he thought he would be.

My proud Grandson, Braiden with his first deer - a nice 8 point.

By this time it was still light out but I put the camera on auto and got the flash which makes it look darker than it was.

Son #1 and his son. It was so special for me to be part of this today. Two grandkids and two deer in the same place. Austin got a 9 point in the morning and Braiden got his 8 point tonight.

Back at the barn at the same cleaning spot.

He still has a smile on his face.

Even the BEBs (Brown Eyed Bossies) wanted to see what was happening.

Youth Hunt 2016

We got a call from Son #1. "Can you come out and help us bring in his deer?" So we headed out behind the farm.

The patches of fog were gorgeous this morning.

Our mighty hunter with a 9 point.

Since I just had to document this whole ordeal I couldn't help.

A much nicer picture.

Love watching Son#1 in this moment of fatherhood.

Taking the deer up to the barn to clean.

This is one of my most favorite places on the farm. I love to merge hay here and I always stop for a picture.

Nice sized deer that will provide some good eating this winter.

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