Here's a little look into the plants and animals around our home and farmland.
My husband and I milk about 40 Guernsey cows, also raising the calves and heifers, in northern Indiana. Along with milking each cow twice a day, we also need to raise, care for, and harvest multiple crops, including wheat for feed and straw bedding, corn, soybeans, and alfalfa for hay. I also keep a dozen chickens for eggs.
Along with the animals we formally raise on the farm, there is also a variety of other wildlife that we share this property with: squirrels, multiple kinds of birds, raccoons, groundhogs, a few cats that have made the farm their home, and a fox that decided to make the farm its hotel for a few months while raising its kits.
Below are a number of random photos showing our lives on the farms, the animals that are also here, and some of the work we do. Enjoy!
|A happy, healthy squirrel|
|The milk truck that picks up the milk from our farm and delivers it to the processor.|
|Barn swallows, that make their nests in the rafters in our barns. We're often able to watch fairly closely as they raise their babies each spring. These are one of my favorite birds to have around the property.|
|A heifer ready to go to a show!|
|Chopping corn so be used as silage.|
|A wagon full of chopped corn to be used for silage, like a preserved corn stalk salad for the cows over winter.|
|Blowing snow off of the lane so that the milk truck and others can get to the farm|