;

Holiday in the Barn

Dec
15

Got your holiday shopping done yet? What about the cows? Have you gotten anything for them yet?
IMG_6296
Do you think they aren’t festive, that they aren’t waiting for Santa, too?

And what about the goats?

(Clover, the Christmas Queen, my all-time favorite holiday goat picture.)

They gave you milk all year. Now’s the time to do something special for them! Time to be Santa in the barn! Here are a few of my favorite things for my cows and goats. You can find them all at Hamby Dairy Supply.

A winter udder care package would fill their stockings nicely!

And a post-milking teat dip that won’t freeze and will help condition the skin is a must in the milking parlor at this time of year.

And don’t forget the FreezGard udder cream.

Winter is a hard season for animals. They aren’t tucked up to a warm wood stove indoors like we are. They need shelter from snow storms and freezing temperatures, hay, and water that’s not frozen–those are the things we think of first. But udder care is also very important in the winter months. Dairy animals get dry, chapped skin, just like we do, and the skin on their udders and teats is exposed. (Bonus: Udder balms feel really nice on people skin, too!) Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you all year round with their milk. And when your animals are healthy and happy, you can harass them with pictures like this–
IMG_9505
–and this–
IMG_0906
–and this!

Happy holidays in the barn!

Comments 2 Comments
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn | Permalink  

More posts you might enjoy:






Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter

Milk Train

Oct
27

You see what they’re doing, right?
imag0181
That’s Glory Bee at the head of the line. You can see Pumpkin’s little legs on the other side of her. Pumpkin’s sucking on mama. But so is Moon Pie, behind her! And Moon Pie’s calf Gingersnap behind Moon Pie, sucking on Moon Pie!
imag0177
It’s like….a milk train. A milking sandwich! A milk cow cluster—!!!!!
imag0175
MY COWS SHOULD BE SO ASHAMED!!!

Comments 6 Comments
Share: |    Subscribe to my feed Subscribe
Posted by Suzanne McMinn | Permalink  

More posts you might enjoy:






  1. img_8910

    October 25, 2016 - Raising Chicks In the House

    My new chicks have arrived! It’s a batch of up and coming layers–Brown Leghorns, Silver-Spangled Hamburgs, New Hampshire Reds, White Rocks, and Speckled Sussex. Just a few of each. It’s fall, so that means it’s too chilly to keep chicks in the barn unless I use a heat lamp. My barn is 100+ years old. Old wood and lots of hay around … Continued…

  1. img_8774

    October 17, 2016 - Tips For Training the New Milk Cow

    Cows are not innovative trailblazers motivated to leap tall building or climb mountains, risking life and limb and stability to conquer new lands or reinvent the wheel. They’re steady, solid, dependable, stable backbones of family farming, born to graze here in the morning, graze there in the afternoon, chew their cuds in between, and vote for Charlie Brown every four years because they know it will work out eventually. They’re patient like that…. Continued…

  1. img_8610

    September 28, 2016 - A Boy for Blossom

    I was running water for the cows yesterday morning after milking–which is a lengthy process with big tubs and dry weather that has the cows trying to drink the water even while you’re filling the tubs–and kinda zoning out from boredom while making sure the cows weren’t knocking the hose out of the tubs, when I noticed a tan-colored calf wobbling in the midst of the big cows. I thought, vaguely, I hope Gingersnap … Continued…

  1. img_8538

    September 22, 2016 - Let Sleeping Pigs

    Let sleeping pigs….

    ….make friends with the chickens….

    ….show off their bums….

    ….and look ridiculously cute because when the pigs wake up, they root around the yard, turn over every stone (literally, like in a rocked wall garden), and generally tear everything up.

    So. An effort was made to block their escape path, which … Continued…

  1. diagram_edited-1

    September 16, 2016 - Why Milking Machines Suck, and Should

    My friend Jerry dropped by the farm one day and I showed him my new milking machines. He’s interested in mechanical things, so I showed him how they all go together–the inflations and lines and so on, describing how they’re attached to the cow or goat, and bringing out my old Surge milking machine also to compare the machines. I explained that the Surge was the first milking machine that brought it all together … Continued…

  1. IMG_8415

    July 12, 2016 - The Easy Way to Milk Goats

    In the days following the recent massive flooding in West Virginia, I was milking goats the hard way, by hand with a flashlight in the barn. To call that process challenging would be tantamount to calling the rain we had here on June 22 a light sprinkle. Boy, did I ever miss my goat bucket milker! But, without power (the generator was being used to run fridges and freezers at the house) … Continued…

Daily Farm












If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!

Sign up for the
Chickens in the Road Newsletter




The Slanted Little House

"It was a cold wintry day when I brought my children to live in rural West Virginia. The farmhouse was one hundred years old, there was already snow on the ground, and the heat was sparse-—as was the insulation. The floors weren’t even, either. My then-twelve-year-old son walked in the door and said, “You’ve brought us to this slanted little house to die." Keep reading our story....



Today on Chickens in the Road


Join the Community in the Forum

Search This Blog



Out My Window

Walton, WV
52°
55°
Tue
47°
Wed
41°
Thu
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Calendar

January 2017
S M T W T F S
« Dec    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  


I Love Your Comments

I Have a Cow


And she's ornery. Read my barnyard stories!





Entire Contents © Copyright 2004-2017 Chickens in the Road, Inc.
Text and photographs may not be published, broadcast, redistributed or aggregated without express permission. Thank you.

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use

Contact