Sunday, January 22, 2017

With the new year upon us, now is a great time to make those yearly resolutions to get the farm financial records organized.

Time has a way of running out this time of year, and with horror I realized this morning - the day after Christmas - that a column had to be in by 10 a.

Life on dairy farms in the 1970s proved to be a very good time, indeed. I was too young to know it, but I recall the feeling that things were going well.

Television in the 1970s gave us The Six Million Dollar Man, starring Lee Majors. As the show's opening announcer told us each week, Majors was: "Steve Austin, astronaut.

Every fence or barn built by a rancher, every tractor purchased by a farmer is an act of faith in the future because that fence, barn or tractor is an investment in 20, 30, maybe even 50 years of tomorrows.

The doll carriage I played with as a child was made of real, woven wicker painted white, with a bonnet that swiveled to either head or foot.

Sounds like something from an old almanac, but I just made it up. While some calves seemingly do get a long and fluffy hair coat overnight, the more important cue of that chill for calf feeders is to feed baby calves more.

Over the past year, there have been many articles that have discussed practices to improve pasture productivity, and those that have a positive influence on the environment.

Not all gifts come wrapped in ribbons and bows. There is no gift like peace of mind for those who are embattled and bone-tired.

For the past five years, Farm and Dairy has sponsored a holiday writing contest for youth and adults.
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