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Cows that didn’t make the nice list in 2019

Let’s be real here — while my cows ARE adorable AND super affectionate, not ALL of them are amazing. There are a few assholes in the group and tis the season to blast them and put their numbers on the naughty list! Maybe “assholes” is a bit strong but….. nope! It’s accurate. This list came together in less than 5 minutes and includes a few newbies, have you seen my 2018 or 2017 list of naughty cows? The following NINE jerk cows, in my opinion, need a lump of coal in their stall: #179 isn’t necessarily naughty but I’m disappointed…

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Coffee and wine

In between the coffee cup and wine glass are hours divided upon cows, kids, laundry, mowing, being a forever girlfriend and best friend, etc. The to-do list is never ending however in my attempts to get more minutes in my day I’m trying to focus more on the day and less on the list. So pretty much I’ve got frozen Go-Gurts and a basket of fruit on the table with enough lunchables to last till Friday. I’m taking full advantage of my nine year old’s desire to cook and I am using my outdoor furniture whenever possible. Down on the…

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Cows that made Santa’s nice list

Hey guys! My name is Jessica. I help Nikki and her husband, Brad, with the milking process on their dairy farm. After reading the most recent Michigan Farm Girl blog post, Cows that didn’t make the nice list #2, (the list in which, not surprisingly, includes my favorite, #141, for the second year in a row 😒), I thought it would be fun to put together a list of NICE cows in the herd. Almost all of the cows are loving, gentle, and great milkers. I must have told Nikki three times or more that she got the easy job –…

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Cows that didn’t make the nice list #2

She’s makin’ a list She’s checkin’ it twice Gonna find out which cows are naughty or nice This farm-HER is head-ing to the barn   I decided to give the whole Cows That Didn’t Make The Nice List another go and in its second year I’m pleased to say there are a few new brats added to the list — and to prove I don’t show favorites one or two may have even redeemed themselves from last year! Disclaimer: These decisions were made by the elf in charge here on the farm (…me) and no outside opinions were considered by…

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When our cows feed isn’t safe

My farmer and I were milking one morning when we noticed that one of our first lactation heifers didn’t have much milk. As a healthy, young animal that had only been in the herd around 3 months this caught our attention. We assessed some of her other symptoms and assumed that she had swallowed hardware. The name is legit – she probably ate metal. Does my cow have Hardware Disease? Hardware disease (bovine traumatic reticuloperitonitis) in dairy cattle, and sometimes seen in beef cattle, when a sharp metallic object is swallowed.  Cattle do not sort their feed by using their…

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When cows don’t get pregnant

As a dairy farm the success of our business depends on selling milk. Cows need to produce milk to secure a place in our barn. This is that line that as a farmer I hoover over; to one side I make business decisions because my livelihood depends on it, to the other side I let my heart fall in love with each of my cows and treat them as such. It can be a very real struggle to not consider these cows my pets. When all is good — a cow will calve, she will enter her natural heat cycle,…

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Cows that didn’t make the nice list

The big day is almost here and before that jolly ‘ol elf decides to spoil my Ladies with extra grain, I’ve made a list. Yeah THAT kind of list, and trust me — I’ve checked it twice!! There were some cows around the farm this year that have not been very nice. This decision was made by the elf in charge here on the farm (…me) and no outside opinions were considered by the other elves. You might think, “Wow! I thought she was a sucker for all her animals” but dear friend, it must be pointed out that I…

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