Sunday Morning (evening) cow church

Thursday storms rolled through our area and took out the power for over 45000 people in northern MN..

The power was out at the farm..

You can’t milk cows without power..

You can’t cool milk without power…

You can’t fill water tanks without power..

You can’t run the silo without power…

so.. I waited for a while, then I called the power company and realized it could be a few days.. so I began the search for a generator powerful enough to run the milk machines.. and there were none available north of the Twin Cities and for under $600 a DAY plus delivery.. but at the end of a long 12 hour search I found a friend who had a small portable milk machine that would run of my small generator… and so I milked 19 cows.. one at a time.. I averaged 17 minutes a cow (5 and 1/2 hours) and did not get home the first night till 2 am.. and went back at it 7 hours later and managed to average 13 minutes per cow… and again that evening and again the next morning.. finally Saturday night in the middle of milking the power came back on and my relief milker and I jumped for JOY.. milked quick and got everything else caught up.. another night that did not end till 2 am..

and all the milk we milked.. got dumped down the drain.. now way to cool it.. so loss upon loss upon loss..

Today I am praying for another miracle.

we went through this exact same thing 2 years ago..

I hope to be able to save this dairy and its cows.. again..

feed them heavy and milk on time..

feed them heavy and milk on time…

feed them heavy and milk on time…

I am as scared this time as I was the last that I will not be able to bring them back up to their individual peak production.. and we walk a razor thin edge on a good day..  my boss has faith in me.. I pray she is right… I don’t want to let her or the girls down..

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Our noses are against the wall and once again..

we gotta work even harder..

but we would not trade this life for any other

 

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Sunday Morning Cow Church

A few weeks ago the oldest cow in the herd.. 14 years old!!  did the baby dance and produced a beautiful heifer calf.. her final calf.. we knew it was time.. last year she stepped on her teats several times… and she took a very long time to get pregnant..

This morning she was calmly and gently put in the shippers trailer and she is making her final ride..

I did not need to pray to know I was making the right decision.. but it seems the universe was ok with things.

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Sunday Morning Cow Church.. new page

Live has been busy.. and hard.. and wonderful all at the same time.. what’s been missing?? Blogging of course.. Pictures!! I take lots of pictures and most of them are cows.. or farm related and my need to share has become overwhelming..
Sunday Morning Cow Church has been a thing on my facebook page for a while and I feel good about the commitment but not too pressured.. adding to my blog is a good step to filling my needs again..
Check out the new page.. Sunday Morning Cow Church

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