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Someone asked me today why I get so excited about the babies being born on our farm when we have experienced it so many times before...

I have to admit I was dumbfounded.

Me: Huh? What do you mean? Do you get excited when humans that you know give birth?

Adult: Well, sure, but those are people. You are freaking out about animals.

Me: Well, have a seat, let me explain... 🙂

New baby that we are calling Twister

Spring on the farm means new life, new beginnings, new challenges, and a new chapter. As I have said, it's not always sunshine and roses but it's why most farmers and ranchers do what they do! We love to see a new baby calf hit the ground and then hop up within minutes looking for it's momma for a drink. Why? Because it means that we chose the right bull for that heifer or cow, that we kept that heifer or cow healthy during pregnancy, and that we (with our planning and care) helped bring a new life into the world.

It ALWAYS stays exciting, with each nearing day of piglets being born, with each day on the calendar being checked off as a due date approaches, it is ALWAYS exciting. With it, we teach our children (and social media following) about the life cycle and where their food comes from. We teach our children responsibility, about reproduction and giving the animals the proper care that they need after giving birth.

On our farm spring isn't all about livestock giving birth, the greening of the alfalfa and it's growth mean that we cared for our product and it has come back another year to provide our cows with nutrition and income for our family. Spring means that corn and soybeans can go in the ground, which will, in turn, provide nutrition for our animals.

Farmers and ranchers care deeply about their livestock and crops and want only the best for them and the consumers that will benefit from the product that is raised.

These are just a few of the reasons why I will never tire of spring on the farm and never tire of telling people about it!

What do you love about spring where you live?

From the Gravel Road-

Jen

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"Any change, even a change for the better is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." -Arnold Bennett

I have been thinking about the quote above quite a bit in the last few weeks as we have been making the final decisions to build a new building on our farm. Building a new building means change on the landscape of how we know our farm now and how it has been known for years.

I have always heard people say change is progress, which I know is true, but change can also bring discomfort and drawbacks. One of the drawbacks of this big change on our farm is the fact that the two old buildings in the picture above would have to come down in order to build the new building. I am a very sentimental person (I still have samples of Mary Kay cosmetics that my grandpa gave me in 1995) so seeing these buildings come down is difficult.

I couldn't help but think about all of the hard work and the hands that worked to build the buildings many years ago, BUT change is progress and we needed to remove these buildings to build a building that will be heated and that our tractor will fit in. Currently, the only building that our tractor will fit in is our garage.

We found an old ax in the foundation one of the buildings.

So, while change is difficult and hard, change is progress. Progress means our farm is growing and we need more room, which is our goal. We took a family picture tonight to document that the buildings are gone and this will be the future site of our new building!

Is change difficult for you? Have you made changes to the landscape at your farm?

From the gravel road-

Jen

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