Family, Farm Wife Feels

9 Years | I do’s & I didn’t’s

See that pager on his hip…I haven’t been the most supportive wife during the last year. When my husband told me he wanted to join the township fire department I didn’t anticipate feeling the way I did–like he was choosing something new over me. We’ve been married for awhile, we are business partners and work …

Family

5 things to do this fall in Michigan

Michigan weather has definitely cooled off since September began; it seems my social media feeds are filled with fall décor and pumpkin everything.  In the spirit of embracing the new season I went out today and bought a pumpkin spice candle…and a new sweatshirt for good measure.  Fall is simply stunning in Michigan, from breathtaking …

Family

Finding balance

  It’s the beginning of a new school year and adjusting to a new schedule. We merge normal every day routines with pretty new clothes and set bedtimes. These first few weeks are exhausting. These first few days are a little bit busier. Today we jumped right into it all, mom life & farm life …

Agriculture

In the beginning

If you knew my husband when he was younger you probably know he always wanted to be a dairy farmer.  In high school he worked for a local dairy farm and was determined that he wanted his own one day.  If you knew me before I met him, well I am as surprised as anyone …

Agriculture

Farm Kid Safety

When was the last time you talked about safety on your farm?  Farming is one of today’s most dangerous jobs because of the machinery and work farmers and ranchers face every day.  There is an estimated 893,000 youth under the age of 20 growing up on farms in the United States (according to a 2014 …

Family

Moments with Dad

It isn’t my farmers favorite job. In fact he would rather be doing pretty much anything else on the farm then hauling manure every other day. But for that little kid, it is awesome.

Meet MI Farmers

Meet MI Farmers | Lemajru Dairy Farm, LLC

By Abigail O’Farrel “My name is Abigail O’Farrell.  I am a fourth generation dairy farmer with my husband, Michael O’Farrell, my brother Reuben Nelkie, and parents, Charles and Julie Nelkie.  Our farm is Lemajru Dairy Farm, LLC.  We milk 115 registered Holstein in our two Lely astronaut automatic milking systems.    It has taken me a …

Cows and Calves

The WORST Cow On The Farm

She got her name from one of our workers and Liger may look cute but she hates me and I am thoroughly convinced that she is trying to kill me.  A slow and annoying death.  And to make matters worse she has befriended my utterly favorite cow #49.  Who does that I ask you…only a …

Agriculture, Educational

Do Farmers Care About Their Cows?

This post was originally shared on the Milk Means More blog.   I feel sometimes that it can be hard to understand the level of care farmers have for their livestock.  When you don’t see farm life on a regular basis or have personal experience as a reference how can you really feel the commitment …

Agriculture

The bull in our barn

Why do cows even need to get pregnant? And isn’t it true they are pregnant all the time?  Cattle do not produce milk until they have delivered their first calf. Reproduction is pretty darn important in this business…  So, let’s talk about the bull in our barnyard.  We are a bull bred farm, meaning that we …