Last Tuesday started like any other day. I was at work in Kansas City, and David and his dad were getting ready to plant oats and alfalfa. At lunch (around … Continue reading On Any Given Tuesday
In the last post about our pregnancy tests and results, I mentioned that we determined pregnancies, or lack-there-of, by observing heats. It occurred to me that not everyone reading probably … Continue reading Is it hot in here?
Over the weekend we had a new experience – drawing blood from tails for pregnancy tests. Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is offering a new blood pregnancy test, and it’s … Continue reading We’re going to be busy this fall!!
Late last summer Heim and Sons (the dairy’s name under the previous generation’s ownership) was low on cows. We were only milking 68 and had 13 that needed to be … Continue reading Meet the Kuckelcows
No, we are not expecting…and actually, we will hopefully have several girls. Confused yet? This week we purchased our first sorted semen! If you’re not as excited as I am … Continue reading It’s Going to be a Girl!!!
This post is a little overdue since we made our debut in January, but better late than never, right? For those of you who may not already know us, you can read a little bit about who we are on the About Us page.
We are Jennifer and David Heim, and we operate a conventional dairy farm in Northeast Kansas (near Kansas City). Today, we milked 91 Holstein cows. The exact number of cows being milked varies somewhat frequently depending on dry-offs, freshening (calving), and other factors. We also keep all of our heifer (female) calves and raise them as replacements, and we raise crops, most of which are used as feed for our cows and calves.
I mentioned that we kicked things off in January, but I should note that cows have been milked here for a long time. David’s grandfather, Harold, bought this farm in 1941 and started milking cows not too long after. More recently the farm was owned and operated by David’s father and uncle, but his uncle had been looking to get out of the dairy, and as of January 1st David and I took over the business officially.
Our dairy isn’t new, most of the buildings are old and in need of repairs. The barn at the top of the page is the “White Barn”, built in 1912. Our herd isn’t the latest and greatest in genetics, but we recently bred our first second-generation AI (artificial insemination) heifer. Our house was started in 1883, and added onto several times. It needs as much work as anything, and probably one more addition. That’s what this blog is about. Over the coming months and next several years, we are going to work on all of the above and share our story here. We’re excited for the challenges that lay ahead, and can’t wait to start seeing our hard work pay off.