Tuesday, September 23, 2014

For the Love of Play

Fall is a beautiful season here in Northeast Ohio. The days are cool, the leaves are changing colors, there are many fun fall events to participate in and its football season. My sons play football and its fun watching their games. 

My sons, Jack and Garrett, play football for the Berkshire Badgers
In addition to watching local youth football, we support the hometown team; the Cleveland Browns. Their stadium is just 45 minutes from our farm.


We feel a small connection to the Browns because as dairy producers, we partner with the NFL to fund Fuel Up to Play 60. This is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program promoting a healthy lifestyle. I’m proud to be part of this wellness program.

Jack loves to play!
To amplify the message of an active lifestyle, Quaker, NFL, dairy farmers and others have joined to launch “For the Love of Play”. This campaign encourages kids and adults to be active for 60 minutes of play a day as part of a healthy lifestyle. Go to Love of Play to join the action and learn how you can win exclusive NFL prizes.
 
To learn more about dairy farmers partnership with the NFL, check out my blog Dairy Farmers and the NFL sponsor Fuel Up to Play 60.
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Visit our Dairy Farm this Fall

Fall is a wonderful time to visit a farm! We have four events happening on our farm in September and October that are open to the public. Come on down to the farm to meet our cows and check out the progress of our new milk bottling plant.

Cow Tales Adventures
Dates: September 17 and October 2
Time: 10am – 12pm
Special Instructions: This event is specifically for children 5 & under with a caregiver. Plan to arrive by 10am and be at the farm until 12pm to take part in all of the activities. Includes a cheese snack.
Cost: $6/person (12 months & under are free)   

Dates: September 28 and October 12
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Description: This event is open to all ages. All the activities are going on the entire time we're open. Come and go anytime.
Cost: $6/person (1 years-old & under are free)  

Cow Tales & Dairy Days include;
  • Guided tour of the milking parlor to watch the cows being milked
  • Visit to the calf area where you can pet and interact with calves
  • Wagon ride tour of the farm to see where the cows live
  • Rides for children on the Chugga Chugga Moo Moo train  
  • Time to play on the farm-themed outdoor playground, pedal tractors & corn box
  • Indoor Junior Dairyman play area with farm themed toys
  • Cow Craft activity
  • Great photo opportunities!
Some of these activities are outdoors and some are inside. The events will go on rain or shine, we recommend wearing boots or old shoes. Please be prepared to pay with cash or check, we are not able to process credit cards. No reservations required.

Our farm is also available for scheduled group tours or parties in September and October. For more information, check out the Hastings Dairy website.  

Here are some scenes from previous Cow Tales Adventures & Dairy Days events:

Kids love riding the Chugga Chugga Moo Moo train
Watching the cows milking from the observation balcony
Watching the cows in the milking parlor
Taking a wagon ride around the farm
A favorite activity; petting the calves
Playing in the corn box
Building a log barn in the Parlor room
Fun in the giant sandbox
Families enjoying a picnic on the playground
See our new milk bottling plant; we'll be selling milk soon!
See you down on the farm!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

County Fair Time!

My sons took dairy cattle to the county fair last week. They spent lots of time working with their animals over the summer; brushing them, teaching them to walk with a halter, clipping them, etc. After all the preparation, it's very exciting taking the animals to the fair! They looked so nice and did well adjusting to being away from home. It was a fun-filled five days. . . .

Garrett and Jack spent lots of time at the farm preparing their animals for fair
The boys give their animals a hair cut to make them look nice for the fair
The Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club display looked nice
Club Leader, Emma, helps Garrett groom Vanessa in preparation for the show
Garrett and Jack are ready to head into the show ring
Lad looks over Garrett's heifer, Vanessa, before he goes in to show
The Judge talks with Garrett during Showmanship
Garrett had two heifers competing for Jr Champion; his fellow 4-H member, Vince, leads Vanessa
Vanessa won Reserve Jr Champion at the 4-H Show!
Jack leads Daisy around the show ring - it was his first time showing and he did great!
Paul, Jack and Vince showing heifers from our farm
Thanks to Cherokee Demolition for purchasing the club's Dairy Basket
Jack relaxes with Daisy
When the dairy show is over, it's time time relax a little and have some fun. . . .

The men chat while on barn duty
They had a blast playing in the hay - Jack likes to be the life of the party
Joking around with Shock Gum
Good friends
Jack brings his heifer out to show classmates and teachers from his school
Jack showing Daisy to his friend, Anna
Garrett and the other club members help a neighbor milk his cows one evening
Jack on his favorite ride; the YoYo
Jack bungee jumps with his buddy Louie

I serve on the local Farm Bureau board, so I worked at the display tent during the fair. . .
Kids loved milking the cow!
The combine at the Farm Bureau display is a big hit!
Being involved in 4-H and participating in the fair is a great experience for young people. They learn about caring for animals, responsibility, teamwork, and develop friendships. They also have the opportunity to share information about dairy farming with the public. Many people stop to ask questions about the dairy animals during the fair. It's great to talk with others and share the story of dairy farming.
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