Guest photographer and contributor: Doug Sattazahn
It’s hard not to have Christmas on the mind. We’re a day away from Christmas, and with the continuous Christmas music playing on the radio, Christmas cards coming in the mail and the pressure to get all of your gifts bought and wrapped, Christmas is EVERYWHERE!
Anyways, it got us thinking…..we should do a Dairy Farmer’s 12 Days of Christmas! And so, we bring to you our version of the 12 Days of Christmas. There is no audio to accompany this post (trust us, you don’t want us to sing), so sing it in your head to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas. There is added commentary with each line.
“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me….
Twelve cans of Fight Bac (works great to protect the end of the teat between milkings)
Eleven purring barn cats (wait….multiply that by at least two, maybe three, and that would be representative of the number of barn cats we have)
Ten acres of pasture (for the cows to graze and get exercise)
Nine bags of barn grip (giving much-needed traction for the cows as they walk through the barn)
Eight milkers working (there’s nothing worse than when a milking unit is on the fritz)
Seven dollar corn (well, it finally came down)
Six rows a planting (it takes a while to plant corn, six rows at a time)
Fiiiive heifer calves (the future of our herd!)
Four bales of straw (to keep the heifers clean and dry)
Three tractors chugging (busy in the fields and around the barn)
Two tons of corn silage (enough to feed 100 cows per day)
And a full tank of milk for you and me!”
Have a Dairy Merry Christmas!