A Dairy Farmer’s 12 Days of Christmas

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)

Fight Bac

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)

Zahncroft Dairy barn cats

Ten acres of pasture (for the cows to graze and get exercise)

Zahncroft Dairy cows in pasture

Nine bags of barn grip (giving much-needed traction for the cows as they walk through the barn)

Barn Grip

Eight milkers working (there’s nothing worse than when a milking unit is on the fritz)


Seven dollar corn (well, it finally came down)

Zahncroft Dairy corn field

Six rows a planting (it takes a while to plant corn, six rows at a time)

Zahncroft Dairy corn planter

Fiiiive heifer calves (the future of our herd!)

Zahncroft Dairy heifers

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)

Zahncroft Dairy silage bag

And a full tank of milk for you and me!

Zahncroft Dairy bulk tank

Have a Dairy Merry Christmas!

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4 Responses to A Dairy Farmer’s 12 Days of Christmas

  1. Mom says:

    Love this! Great photography!

  2. Scott Owens says:

    Word has it that Santa really enjoys the cookies when he visits a dairy farm!!

  3. Pingback: A Dairy Farmer’s 12 Days of Christmas | The Charmed Life of a Farmer's Wife

  4. Linda says:

    Cute and educational.

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