Sunday, November 22, 2015

5th Year Anniversary: The Farmer's New Blog

Well, well, well. If The Farmer doesn't think he's hot stuff. The fifth year anniversary is wood or silverware, not a new blog!

Farmer Bright: Lost in Thoughts!?!

Lost in thoughts, indeed


Yes, we find it hard to believe, too. Oh, and a self named blog? Really, a self named blog, Farmer Bright? Shameless. Shameless. It should be something like, I don't know, OwesEverythingIEverGotFromDairyCows.cow

Yes, dot cow. If farmers are going to have websites then they should all be in the dot cow domain.

Anyway, getting back to what I was saying. What is he writing about?



So go check out his new blog if you're so inclined. We've already read all the posts. Our conclusion? He is loster than an Easter Egg in thoughts!

Agent 14, reporting from the Udderside.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rain Makes Corn Silage


Lets say coming in to be milked was tough on a few of us this morning and maybe The Farmer was right about wanting a Dunkin Donuts on the farm, you know, for the coffee

Last night a few of us went to the closest Luke Bryan farm concert. Cows on a farm, right? We could blend in as good as, well, cows on a farm. 

He sang a mess of our favorites and we had a hoof stomping good time. We would like him to sing new lyrics to Rain Is A Good Thing. Rain is good for the corn and good for making corn silage. Trust me, you've not eaten well until you've eaten fermented corn silage from the silo. Yummy!

We can't wait until this year's crop is ready to eat! In the meantime I think a long nap between milkings may be in my future. 

Filling the silo

Agent 265, reporting from the Udder Side. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Poem For Grace The Calf

They say write what you know so here's my little ditty for National Poetry Day.


We're always glad to be fed, but some of us, like Grace, would love it if The Farmer would hurry up! 

Agent 2476, reporting from the Udder Side.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fall Days

Hallelujah! Hallelujah for fall! We are watching with salivating mouths for the fall harvest and The Farmer is getting on it. 

Hay!


And sweet corn silage!

Life is good! And even more so when it is feeding time. 

Agent 18, reporting from the Udder Sise. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Cruel Lives Of Calves Without A TV

Think of the minimal requirement for the modern world. If you said the television then you, sir or madam, are correct. So I ask you why does The Farmer not allow us to have one in the calf barn?

There are so many important things we are missing out on like the new Bachelor show, or the news and stuff. Yes, we could clickity-click dot com our shows and news on the internet, but there is something wonderfully couch potatoie like in watching television. That reminds me. We also need a couch.

This is what The Farmer thinks is appropriate for dairy calves to have; fresh bedding, hay, grain, water, and milk. He does a good job of feeding most of the time.



Like I said, most of the time. Have you ever had the problem of not being fed fast enough? Yeah, me too.
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Remember, if The Farmer asks you why there were hoof marks on the couch in his living room and calf slobber on his television remote you don't know anything about it. Maybe he'll get the hint soon.

Agent 2452, reporting from the Udder Side.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Studying Cow Comfort

"Who's giving me my pedicure?"
Yesterday The Farmer went back to school. Sort of. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has several "Master" programs that farmers can take advantage of for different commodities like goats, beef cattle, and dairy. He already has his certification, but in order to keep it he has to do continuing education.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cow Appreciation Day On The Farm

Okay, so most new calves are up and nursing their momma pretty soon. Others, like me, need a little help. I was starving, well, maybe not starving, but I was very hungry for some milk and I told my momma I was going to need some help. That was when The Farmer stepped in. He worked with me and my momma and showed me where the milk came from. After a few minutes I got the hand of it, but he kept on helping. Finally I was like,



"Dude, I got this!" 

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Big Scooper!

I had an epiphany. There I was standing in the night pasture almost ready to go in for the morning milking when I looked up and saw it.


The Big Dipper hung right over me. The wheels in my brain started turning. It was sort of like that old farmer joke about when the farmer looked up and saw the letters G and P formed by the clouds. He assumed it was a sign from God to Go Preach. However he was a failure at preaching and asked God why he sent him to go preach. God answered him that he meant for him to Go Plow!

There is no confusion for me about the Big Dipper. I know why I took notice of it today. Lots of things get updated for modern audiences or to be more relevant for today's world. Movie franchises and television shows get rebooted, new models of items come out, etc.

Today I'd like to propose that we change the name of the Big Dipper to the Big Scooper! I believe the stars hanging over me like that was a sign that it liked us cows and hoped that when our milk is turned into ice cream it could dip it. But dip isn't really a great description anymore,is it? Scooper is much better. The Big Scooper! There's no reason that the Little Dipper couldn't also be renamed as the Little Scooper, too. 

June Dairy Month is the perfect time to open this up for discussion. Should we rename the Big Dipper to the Big Scooper? Sign the petition below! Ice cream lovers, we're counting on you!

Agent 268 reporting from the Udder Side. 



Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Get More With Milk!


Some of us are born lucky and some of us make our own luck. I think I started with the former and will do my best on the latter. Being born at the end of May enabled me to experience my first June Dairy Month as quickly as possible!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Six Uses For An Invisible Fence For Farm Dogs

Dogs. What good are they anyway?



One of the things that concern us as cows is having dogs on the farm. Are they going to work or cause trouble? Maybe we're worried about their safety and ours. Maybe you are, too. One solution is an invisible fence through this sponsored post.

Six Uses for a DIY Invisible Fence on the Farm


Fencing is an important tool for farming, and there are many different types. A DIY electric fence can be used in several different ways on your farm, and it’s a great alternative to traditional fencing in many instances. If you have dogs on your property, their safety will always be one of your top priorities. There are many ways you can utilize an electronic dog fence to promote the safety of your dogs, while also maximizing the functionality of your farm.

Prevent Dogs from Leaving Large Properties
The most obvious use for any type of fencing is to keep your dogs on your property: for their own safety and to protect you from any liability if they were to escape and come in contact with any other dogs or children. Traditional fencing can accomplish this, but it’s not always enough, because your dogs may be able to burrow underneath a fence or find a break in it. When you have a farm with lots of acreage, it can be even more challenging to ensure that dogs with access to all of it don’t find a way out. Invisible fencing is generally more reliable.

Some invisible fence systems can protect up to 100 acres of land. Erecting a large enough traditional fence on a 100-acre perimeter would cost thousands of dollars more than the invisible fence cost over the same perimeter. If something causes a break in the wire, which is rare, your system will immediately notify you that there is a break, meaning you don’t have to regularly inspect your entire perimeter, especially after storms. You’ll have greater peace of mind that your dogs will be unable to leave your property unexpectedly.

Reinforce Traditional Fences
If you already have a traditional fence in place, an invisible dog fence can reinforce it and act as a second layer of protection for your dogs. Cows and other livestock don’t require large fences to keep them contained, so you may already have a smaller fence in place for them. Even if your dogs respect your existing cattle fencing, it isn’t always adequate to ensure they can’t escape. An electric dog fence is an excellent backup method for making sure your dogs don’t get past any existing cattle fencing, and it doesn’t require you to remove your current fence.

Give Dogs Their Own Zone
While many dogs are happy when they have the run of the farm, they can also feel more secure with their own personal zone. A DIY electric dog fence allows you to create a “dog zone” anywhere on your property that you choose. You can make custom boundaries to maximize the space available, and that area can belong to your dogs only. Erecting a traditional fence in a smaller portion of your property will obstruct your own view of an access to other areas of your farm. With an electronic dog fence, you can freely see and move past the boundaries that keep your dogs inside their zone. This is a more practical method of containment that doesn’t require chaining or caging your dogs, which can be detrimental to their safety and well-being.

Protect Dogs from Hazardous Areas of the Farm
If you would like your dogs to enjoy your entire property except for certain areas, it’s easy to create exclusion zones with DIY invisible fencing. There are wireless dog fence systems and wired barriers that can be used to keep desired areas of the ranch off-limits. For example, if you want to keep your dogs out of a pond or away from farm machinery storage, simply create an exclusion zone around those areas, and your dogs won’t be able to access them. This is a very useful tactic that can protect your dog from potential hazards and ensure that they only remain in safe areas of your farm or ranch.

Stop Dogs from Digging in Gardens
If your dogs enjoy digging, and exclusion zone can also be used to stop them from entering your garden. For large gardens or crop fields, you can use an underground dog fence around the perimeter to keep your dogs out. The problem with dogs who love to dig is that they can easily burrow under traditional fencing. This problem is solved by invisible fencing because their e-collar prevents them from getting close enough to the underground dog fence, meaning they cannot dig underneath it and sneak into the garden anyway. Your crops, vegetables, and flowers will be safe from the havoc digging dogs can wreak inside the garden.  

Keep Dogs Away from Chicken Coops
If you have chickens on your farm, it’s important to keep most dogs away from them. Dogs with hunting drives may kill your chickens, and even dogs who want to “play” can accidentally injure or kill them. When dogs are present, chickens can feel stressed, and this will disrupt their egg-laying patterns. With an electronic dog fence, you can enclose your chicken coop and prevent your dogs from entering your chickens’ space. An electric dog fence is a great choice for chicken coops, because it will not prevent your chickens from wandering freely when they feel safe to do so. A wireless dog fence exclusion zone can also be used to protect your chickens.

If you’re interested in a DIY electric fence for your farm, be sure to read up on the many different types and brands. Online customer reviews, wireless invisible fence reviews, underground fence reviews, and manufacturer guides can help you choose an electric dog fence system that’s right for you. The size of your farm, the number and size of your dogs, your fencing goals, and your budget will be important considerations when choosing an electronic dog fence system for your farm or ranch.

Published in partnership with www.dogfencediy.com. We encourage you to share your experiences with a variety of dog containment systems in the comments section. Commenters and those who share the post in social media qualify for a drawing of a $25 Amazon gift card!

Leave a comment and share and we will choose a random winner! The winner will be selected on April 28 so enter today.

Agent 101, reporting from the Udder Side.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Watching Grass Grow Is Fun

Watching grass grow is fun. It is actually more than fun.

growing grass
Grow grass, grow!

wheat field

Staring longingly at those long green stems across the fence everyday. Mentally measuring each day's growth.

Fantasizing about how it will taste when The Farmer bales it or chops it. The smell wafting over me is intoxicating. Yes, I am obsessed with hay and wheat. Oh, my!






How do you pass the time on a dairy farm while the grass grows? Simple. Feline Theater.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wash Your Brain With Milk

Not to sound like a television infomerical...



But milk is a virtual wonder liquid and the more it is researched the more positive uses are found. The latest study on milk shows that it can literally help wash the bad stuff out of your brain.
We're not talking about the bad memories you want wiped clean, but rather the dirty build up of filthy minds.

In this study the people who had more closely gotten to the recommended intake of dairy products had higher levels of glutathione. Glutathione is an anti-oxident found in the brain. Basically it helps get rid of the gunk and grime and helps you fight off bad conditions and diseases like Alzheimer's.

We've said before that drinking milk makes your smarter and smart people drink milk, but now we know you're actually drinking it for brain health, too.

Agent 245, reporting from the Udder Side.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don Schindler on Verified Famers

Most of the time we like to think of ourselves as experts here, but sometimes you have to call in the big guns. Today we brought in Don Schindler, the Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives at Dairy Management Inc. (Digital Strategist, Executive Social Media Trainer).

Okay, that's a mouthful even for a cow, so lets just call him a social media guru.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Where Are The Verified Farmers?

So the cows have been having an interesting discussion on who are the most popular people. Actors and actresses were named. Others cited athletes that they liked. Soon the discussion turned to music and a fight was ready to break out on who's the better singer Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. It is a popular argument around the barnyard. As for me I said, Shake it Off.

Before any hooves were thrown The Farmer walked by us carrying buckets of steaming water.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fifty Shades of Hay

There is one book making the rounds from cow to cow on the farm. Everyone is salivating over their favorite part and let me tell you that certain pages are definitely dog eared.

fifty shades of grey
Fifty Shades of Hay

Oh, the wonderful types of hay there are to eat; all fifty or more shades of them. Timothy, alfalfa, orchardgrass... I could go on and on about how much we love them. I have to say that Dairy Dave did a fantastic job on the photos and articles describing all the varieties of hay inside.

There is just something about the thoughts of spring coming and watching the grass grow. Obviously we can't wait for that to happen and for The Farmer to start harvesting. Until then we at least know the hay buffet will be open.


Agent 16, reporting from the Udder Side.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Easy Nut, Soy, and Rice Milk Recipe

Are you looking for an easy recipe for how to make milk from beans, nuts, or rice? Then look no further!

How To Make Your Own Milk 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dairy Cow Dating Service

Well, I did it again. I stayed up checking my profile page for hits and, yawn, didn't go to bed on time. Of course, The Farmer caught me.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top Posts of 2014



Happy New Year! 2014 may have come and gone, but these most read reports are here to stay! What did readers read and share the most?