Wintertime Dairy Chores


Rosedale Garden 


Most of the time I miss our dairy farm. However, cold spells like we’ve had lately, I tell myself that I don’t miss it on cold January days.  We had snow this week and very cold weather. 


We would come home from school, go out feed the chickens, change the water and collect the eggs.  Then we would take a hammer with us to the cattle and pig water troughs to break the ice and refill.  Sometimes the hydrant was frozen, so we would have to run a hose from the barn to refill.  Back to the house to warm our hands. By then it was milking time. 


1/22/2018 10:45:54 AM

Mary, you have similar stories about cow milking as I do. Yes, those cold mornings were not the best to inspire me to have milk cows. We had 13 with a more modern milking system then you had. Ours had two mechanical machines and one manual (me). It took about an hour and a half to milk all the cows, separate the milk from the cream, and clean out the manure trough. Of course that was twice a day. It wasn't the best of times while I was doing it during my teenage years but it did instill in me the best work ethics for rest of my life. The falling in the pit story reminded me of the time I fell off a neighbor's rail fence backwards into a big pig waller hole. It was deep enough to completely immerse me under the stinky stuff. I don't remember being scared because the group of boys that I was with were all older and they quickly pulled me out and wiped off my face, mouth, and nose. I was stripped naked and put in the horse tank to wash off. I'm not sure what the horses thought about that. I think they burned the clothes or maybe buried them some where. I know I went home with baggy clothes from one of the boys that lived there. Country farm life was a great way to be raised and start life. it has made my attitude through out my life all about finding the adventure in what I'm doing. Keep those adventures coming. Have a great hooligan photographic day. Nebraska Dave

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