Last Chance Dairy
We visited this farm a couple years ago, and I'm going to post a few pics from that time. But the other day, as I was driving to Rice Lake, the red of the barn, the blue of the sky, and the white of the show stuck me as such a beautiful sight! I had to stop and take this photo. (If I were to zoom out a bit, you'd see more snow, but the snow really isn't the point of this photo.)
The people who own and operate this farm, one of the not-so-many remaining small dairy farms in Wisconsin, are a very lovely and accommodating couple, even encouraging us to stop in at milking time, so we could see the 'girls' in action. I remember from my childhood on a dairy farm that people did not like anyone traipsing into their barns at milking time. It might upset the cows and that would interrupt the cows' milking progress. So I know it was a very kind gesture that they invited us to come at milking time.
Thirsty and resourceful kitty
Annie meeting a heifer
Yes, always a good idea to keep your palm flat.
'Work, work, work...will it never cease!'
-from 'A Murder is Announced'
The tranquil pasture
A place to relax, take a walkabout, and make more milk
I so appreciated the willingness of these dear people to have us on their farm, seeing first hand their love and care for their animals and their land - and the joy they have in owning a small dairy farm in Wisconsin. They're a vanishing breed.
Have a great weekend, everyone!