Friday, July 19, 2013

Fair Safety

Hey there everyone!

No pictures for this post; there just isn't enough time in the day right now for all the fancy stuff.  We are about ready to jump both feet in to our Benton County Fair.  Actually we took the jump about a week ago when Tall Guy FINALLY finished all his field work and could lend us a big hand and body to the process.

This year we are showing one dairy steer, our second year heifer/cow (she's expecting in December), a beef heifer, and a beef steer.  Crazy!  Three of the four "calves" are weighing in at 1100+, which is why I haven't had them out walking like we should have been doing all summer.  I have a lot of confidence working with cattle; I think I have a good way with most, but I just haven't felt comfortable enough to work the big calves without someone being here on the farm "just in case."

As many of you have seen at fairs, the critters in the cow barn can be pretty darned big, and I hope and pray that you all give them a healthy dose of respect and a wide berth when walking through the barns, especially with little kiddos.  It's so great to see the children react to all the animals at the fair, but most of the livestock are not used to little people, and many startle easily when there is a scream or quickly moving objects.   We want to you come out to the barn to visit with us, but we also want everyone to exit safely from the other side.

Our cows are shaping up fairly well.  We have been blessed with the help and guidance of a couple of friends, and I think Tink will be just fine with them in the ring.  Little Bear gets to practice show, and she is all excited about that!  We aren't sure if she will show the younger dairy steer or Lady Bug, her buddy from last year.  It will probably be decided that day depending on which animal is behaving the best come show time.

I hope you all have gone out to enjoy your county fairs.  This next week brings on our fair, Benton County, and we are running up against our neighbor to the south, Tippecanoe County Fair.  That's my home fair.  I never took animals during 4-H, and didn't go through the whole ten years, but I could always be found out in the cow or hog barns with my friends.  Great memories, and I hope our girls start making some too.

Time to see who or what needs washed ;-)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I Scream...You Scream... We all Scream for....

Yep, for those of you who need an excuse for it, our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, made July National Ice Cream Month. Woo Hoo!  And isn't it a great thing for those of us living in Indiana that we live in the second largest producing state of this summer treat!  Remember, Tall Guy's family used to run a small dairy up until we were married!  Stay with me to end of this post to learn about an great event coming to downtown Indy at the end of this workweek!

Here are some fun facts about Ice Cream from the Winners Drink Milk webpage!
     *  It takes 12 gallons of milk to make on gallon of ice cream
     *  More Ice Cream is sold on Sunday than on any other day
     *  It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off an Ice Cream cone....Try it! That's more than it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, a lesson learned in my generation's time!
     *  By itself, Ice Cream is a great source of calcium, Vitamins A and D, protein, and phosphorus.  Add healthy toppings like fruit and nuts, and it's even more beneficial!

First and foremost, you have to have milk to make Ice Cream, and Indiana is growing in its number of dairy farms every year.  It's always fun and interesting to put a face to the people who produce my food, so I would like to introduce you to Sarah Kuehnert and her family from up in northeast Indiana.

Her family works along side her husband's family to run Kuehnert Dairy Farm.

Here's a nice video to show what they do:

As you can see, everyone has a job on this farm where Sarah's husband is part of a Fifth Generation dairy with 300 registered Holsteins just outside the city limits of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Today FOUR generations work side by side on this family's farm.  Every member has found a niche in the production process.  Sarah, a registered dietitian at St. Joseph Hospital part of the week, is in charge of the farm advertising and social media.  Her husband Nathan, sees to the health and breeding of the herd.  It is a 24/7, all hands on deck kind of operation.

Sarah and Nathan know the importance of milk in our daily lives because they are the proud parents of daughter Allie, age 5, and son Bryar, age 3.  While their children are not holding regular jobs on the farm right now, their parents look for every opportunity for them to have connections to the farm.  Sarah stated, " It is our desire to raise Allie and Bryar to be active on the farm and to teach them the role of responsibility."

Here's a breakdown of just how great milk is for you at any age!

Exciting news on the Kuehnert Dairy Farm is the new addition of a Kuenhert Dairy Fall Festival in just a few months that will include farm tours and open their farm and family story to the public.  It will be a chance for them to live up to the Kuehnert Dairy Motto:  "We strive to feed the world by being good stewards of the land, excellent caretakers of our cows, and great neighbors to our community."  Keep your eyes and ears open for more information coming later about this event!  Just look for this lovely art on the roof of their barn when you head out their way.

By now you have got to be craving some cold, rich, creamy ice cream.  I am after reading all about the Kuehnerts.  One way to satisfy this craving is to run out and buy some ice cream right now! Those of my readers close to the Indianapolis area are in for an even bigger treat at the end of this work week!  It is time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month by attending the American Dairy Association's 24th Annual Ice Cream Social this Friday on the southeast side of Monument Circle, the center of our state capitol's heart.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!   It runs from 11-2:00 p.m., and it will cost you just $3 for a gigantic sundae with all the works!  CLICK HERE for more information because there will be celebrity scoopers and a large variety of entertainment.  You might even see a picture of yourself if you attended last year's fun event.

Thanks to Sarah Kuehnert for taking the time to chat with me.  Every day is a busy day on the dairy farm. Remember them and all the Indiana dairy farmers as you enjoy your milk, cheese, and ice cream. They work hard every day around the clock to provide us with the most nutritious way to start our day!  Got Milk? If not, you better go get it!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: The New Window Shopping

Window shopping is an old expression, but now as I go shopping with our girls, it's fun to just take a picture of some things and call it good.  Thanks to Instagram, we had a great time and took home memories instead of a lot of packages!

Ah, the masks..... Might be getting ready to see The Lone Ranger!

My fashion divas showing off outfits they pulled together!  Not sure about Tink's arm thingies, but she was spending her allowance, so we shall see how much she wears them and how wise her investment is.

Yep, even let them go on the Jumpy Experience:

I still think this is just wrong!  Poor little hermit crabs!

And my newest favorite store at the Tippecanoe Mall is Francesca's!  What and eclectic, fun place to explore!

Next time you go shopping, remember it's ok to snap open your camera instead of your picture!  Bless you Instagram!  You can always follow me on there.  I'm ibcfarmgirl :-)

Happy 4th of July!