Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm sorry we only want questions about farming. Next caller please.

I visited local dairy operation today.  I went with Tobias' class to Jo Bo Holstein Farm.  It has been a long while since I stepped foot on a farm.  I miss it.  There is certain balance between pure business and family that I haven't seen anywhere else.

Even though we were scheduled to be there in the absolute harshest time of the day for photography, I brought the camera anyway.  I'm happy I did.  I could have stayed for a long, long time, crappy light or not.  I grew up around farms, so I wasn't surprised by anything.  But, I was still able see it with fresh eyes. 

This was one of the largest operation I have visited.  The milking barn/parlor had huge number of raised stalls.  I haven't spent my time at many milkings, but I still remember how my legs felt from getting up and down for a few hours.  Putting the cows higher seems like a good idea.  Except, it maybe hard to reach the base of their tails, and tail movement can be the only warning you get if the cow has to do any "business".  I also imagine it makes a kick a bit more exciting.

I could probably write a whole lot more, but I'll just post some pictures of some cows instead.

If you are wondering what's up with the strange title, here you go.

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