Every farm is different and it might be hard to know what to expect and how to behave when you’re in a setting you’re not used to. When we have guests at our farm, here are some basic pointers.
I feed my dairy girls grain on a regular basis. When they produce high-quality milk for most of the year and have babies every year, they need the extra nutrients and energy. Not only that, they love grain and enjoy the treat.
There are times of the year when their grain ration is low or eliminated. A typical time for this is when I am ending their lactation and need them to stop producing milk. When I start them back on grain, I have to do it gradually or there may be serious complications.
I was talking with an acquaintance once in her home with her children as she related the current challenges and drama in her life. I sat and listened because she seemed like she needed to vent. Sometimes it’s a little nice to know that I’m not the only one with continual problems … not that I wish bad things on others. My daughter, who was fairly young at the time, played nicely with her daughter, and I suppose we must have seemed calm and as though nothing went wrong in our lives. She informed me that I wouldn’t understand her problem of having to get a tempered glass window at the bottom of her stairs because I led “such a charmed life.”
We love cheeses, which is probably a good thing since we're starting a dairy and creamery. When we invite friends over, they love trying the new cheeses we have to share in new recipes, fondue, and raclette. We have found most people don't know what to do with fabulous cheeses. They weren't raised eating them and they like them, but how do you eat it?
Wife to Brandon, mother to Tess and Liam, farmer, entrepreneur, cook & baker, nurse, and accountant who loves to try new things, travel, and work toward greater self-reliance.