Hello all, Wanted to join a chat room where I can find some online friends that are interested in the same things as me. I am 39 years old, engaged, and help farm 700 acres of land. We are getting into the registered holstein business. Last summer I showed our three girls for the first time and was actually please with how well I did for a first timer. We also have two dogs and many barn cats. We board horses for a riding stable thru the winter. I am new at this. Right now we are getting our corn off the field and then we are free other than tending to the animals.
Thanks. We have a black lab and a german shepard/husky. I have always had a dog and with the farm large dogs just seem to work. both are young with the husky being just around a year old. She is fun to watch, right now she is afraid of the horses so she seems to try and crawl up your leg when you go into the pasture with them and they come close.
I showed Jersey's when I was younger so its nice to see another dairyman or should I say dairywoman here. I also showed horses and have toyed with idea of dog shows but dont seem to have enough hours in a day to do much more than think about it. But showing the cows was fun. We went mostly to county fairs and back then I guess it was safer than it is now cause we actually slept in the barns with the cows at night. It would be scary now a days with all the creeps, especially at fairs, and we were just kids. By the way I am from Missouri and my dad works at DFA (maintenance for the factory) used to be Mid-Am, being in the dairy business you may know them. I am not sure how far they go to get their milk but they do most of the buying around here. I know I sound like a kid but I am actually 24 which may still be a kid to you but I do own my small 10 acre farm with horses, dogs (weimaraners and italian greyhounds) , and stray barn cats that are sometimes friendly. I take care of children with diabilities in my home, its kind of like baby sitting only its for state custody kids with disabilities so I get to actually stay home with my job and look after everything and some of the kids are able enough to help and they enjoy it too.
I was hoping that I could connect with people that have done or are doing some of the same things. I enjoy being at home working also. I am basicly the right hand woman on the farm. We live in Pennsylvania. We don't milk right now and will only milk shortly after calfing. We have another farm that we will send our cows to that will milk them for us. It kind of works out well due to we will be helping them get into the red and white holstein business and they are helping us by milking our cows. Right now we have a summer and fall calf, and a spring yearling. We are in the process of breeding our fall calf and will be flushing her next week. Our spring yearling is bred hopefully, we have had to rebreed her twice. I commend you on working with special needs kids. Also that they help out gives them some satisfaction that they help and accomplish something. If everything goes all right with our breeding program I could have 13 calves on the ground next September. With breeding our spring yearling 3 times I have decided that we won't show her next year. I don't want to put her under a lot of stress. So I will be off with the two. Unless we buy anymore. Do you rescue greyhounds? Our farm is large but it is family owned and we rent farm land and farm it so that the land is used. We sell hay, grain, and cattle. Most of our hay goes to eastern shore Maryland for the race tracks. So we also have around 40 head of beef so that if we have hay that isn't suitable for horses we have a way to get rid of it. I never thought farming could be productive or that you could make a living off of it, but guess I was wrong. I grew up on a hobby farm I will call it. We had beef, horses, and pigs. Now my brother raises Texas longhorns.