Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas From Rowlett's Dairy Farm in this Campbellsburg, Kentucky town......

It seems like it has been a long year since with paper and pencil I did set down...

To write to my dear Family and Friends Christmas Greetings and the news from 2010...

It has been a year of so many emotions for me and my kin....Well, let me begin....

The death of our precious Father on the 3rd of was really so sudden and unexpected to say...

At age 95 Daddy still had a simple three point philosophy of life that he always held true each day...

" Number One.... Have a job to do each day...even if just working on a puzzle...or mowing a field...

Number three meals each day...not that fast food stuff....but home cooked ...that is real..

Number Three... and...most good to God because He has sure been good to me!"

What wonderful memories of a Dad we did so love and miss, but know again in Heaven we will see.

Running this farm without the help and advice of my Dad has been a challenge for sure...

But with everyone pitching in and doing their part it has made it easier to endure..

Wife Sandy still raises all the baby calves...spoiling each of them...that is clear...

Sister Sharon was the "go for" and mowed everything with the sero turn this past year...

And Oscar and Rosa, man what can we say....they are right here with us each and every day...

Milking and feeding...or doing any other chore that comes their way!

Still serving as a Kentucky Farm Bureau District 6 Director and on the Board of DFA*

It is a privilege to serve farm people and I strive to do the best each and every day....

We need to be advocates and spokesmen to preserve our way of life on the family farm...

It is a life I love...a lot of long days and hard work...but I so love this rural charm!

My wish for you, my family and friends as this year 2010 quickly winds down...

Is that you will have good health, and always a smile...and not a frown...

That you will have resources enough to make ends meet....

And follow the philosophy of my sure is neat!

                               MERRY CHRISTMAS


* Dairy Farmers of America

Sunday, December 12, 2010

   On this cold windy morning the dairy farmer is out doing the milking and feeding of his cows and heifers while other people in agriculture are still snuggled up in bed or having a warm breakfast with a cup of hot coffee. The dairy farmer will get his when he finishes his chores which maybe 10 or 11 o'clock if everything goes as it should and he has no problems.  He/She will do what ever it takes to see that the animals are fed and cared for before he/she goes in to warm his/her body from the frigid chill.

   On any given morning a number of problems can arise, the water fountain is not working, the silo unloader needs lowering or has a belt broken on it, the bobcat has been starting everyday till this morning, for some unusual reason a gate suddenly came off its hinges and allowed groups of cows to get mixed which now need to be separated, notice a calf with a snotty nose or a cow with a lame foot, the strong wind blew the conveyor belt off the belt feeder while feeding the TMR ration or the TMR mixer sheared a bolt just as you got all the silage, hay and grain mix in it.  It seems this cold morning the problems never stop but they must be attended to before chores are done.

   A farmer is a person who has to be a "jack of all trades" and a master of even more.  He/She has to be able to adapt to a situation in a split second and then revert back to what was happening before.

   So on this cold windy Sunday morning how about stopping for just a second when you are drinking your glass of milk, putting milk/cream in your coffee or milk on your cereal and THANK a dairy farmer who has yet to get into the house for his breakfast because he/she has made sure the cows have been cared for FIRST.

Saturday, December 4, 2010


    We as human beings take a lot for granted.  We never go to bed thining we might not wake up the next morning, W assume we will see all our friends at the next meeting,  We will have good health forever.  But in the end we have no control on any of this.
    We must cultivate our fiends on a daily bases.  We need to connec with them if for no other reason but to say "Hello"  When was the last time you called a friend to just say "Thank You for being my friend"?  Friendships are like neighbors, they are only as good as you make them.
    While attending a lot of meetings I come in contact with a lot of people.  I like to hear wht is going on in their areas but really hate to hear about their personal lifes as sometimes it is depressing.  Besides if I stand and listen to theirs then I expect them to stand and listen to mine.  :)
   In agriculture we are small in number but feed a world of people from what we do.  Everyone else takes their food supply for granted but just stop and think "What would you do if tomorrow you went to the store and could not get the foods you wanted?"  Would you be calling a "farmer" to ask what had happened or blame him for not producing?  Just think about it.

There is so much we take for granted because we still live in a country that gives us the freedom to do so.  In some parts of the world this is not possible due to economic conditions beyond the control of the people living there. 

So if you have read this then maybe you should just stop for one minute and look around you.....What things do you take for granted?  Will they always be there?  Will you always be able to say "Hello" to that special person or your friend?  Life is short no matter what age you are so enjoy it today and everyday by making new friends and tell the ones you have how important they are to you.

A big thank You to those who have read this.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

You know having read the article in the New York Times about promotion I can't help but think " How inaccruant are all other news stories that are printed in news print daily?"  We find ourselves tring to keep up with current events wheither here or abroad but again how accurant are they.  Even in our local weekly papers we see that some of the facts are just quiet right but we know different so we let it slide.  On a state, national or international bases we have no knowledge how much of it is the truth.

Also why don't reporter report "good" things instead of all the evil in the world.  Would love to pick up the daily paper just one day to find as much good news as they printed of bad the day before.  Not gonna happen as the good news don't sell papers.  Give those who do good deeds credit also not just the rapist or murders. 

The NY Times article was wrong.  WE, Dairy farmers, pay into a check off fund for the promotion of our dairy products.  These funds are controlled by a governing body of DAIRY FARMERS  with oversights by USDA for the purpose of making sure the funds are properly used for the promotion of dairy.  The government/taxpayers have no dollars in this what so ever.  Thank goodness.

This country was founded on the basic principle of people coming here to better themselves.  We all must rely on our own instincts to weed out the good from the evil in news reporting.  Reporters should get their facts straight before they are allowed to report on anything. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Dairy Farmer

   Dairy Farmers are incredible people.  They get up at all hours of the night to tend to their animals.  They have to be a repairman, a vet, a nutrientousist, agronomist, a landscape artist, an engineer, financial wizard, a time organizer, a PR person, marketing specialist, and most of all a family person.  All the above are just the normal everyday things a dairy farmer does.  He loves his animals and give then the best care known to man because they provide for his family's living.  A happy healthy cow is a productive cow.
   Each day he/she goes about doing their daily tasks in a toiling manner.  Their schedules vary very little unless an emergency arises, ie sick child or cow or the heifers get out of their pasture.  Day in day out they do the same things over and over to near perfection in order to see that the cows are fed and cared for, crops are grown to feed those animals that they love, and that a product, MILK, is produced to provide a nutrientous product for human consumption.
   So as you go about your daily tasks just remember a farmer is out somewhere tending to his animals and crops so that a 176 other people will have food on their plates to eat this day.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


   The older we get the more we reflect on our life to that point.  Farming has come a long way from the days my Father and Mother started house keeping in an old house that  was in a hog lot.  Needless to say they ran the hogs out, cleaned it up and moved in.  Remember them telling me about the time mom baked her first pies, She was so proud of them, Put them on the table to cool,  For some reason the ants found themand completely cover them so Mom cry and threw them out.  Dad farmed with a team of horses for years.  He then saved enough to buy an F-20 tractor on steel not rubber.  They then moved out of the "hog house" to a rented farm where after 5 years the owners of the farm, the local bank, wanted to sell it to Dad  100 plus acres for 15 thousand dollars.  Dad says there was no way he could pay for it so they then moved back down on the river where he rented a much flatter farm where he was able to save and buy "modern" equipment to farm with.  They lived there for almost 29 years before they bought it and 2 years later had to sell it for a company to build a power plant.  They raised tobacco, milked 20 cows, had several hogs to market and kill for their own meat.  Mom always had a garden and raised chickens for eggs to sell and eat.  She alsways fixed 3 meals a day plus helped Dad out on the farm everyday.  They bought & moved to the present farm in 1974.  They were debt free.  So Dad always said after that that we would buy or build something when we had the money saved up to pay for it, a pholisphy he kept till the day he died.
   They saw a lot of changes over the years in farming practices.  They often would talk about those changes and how they helped or hurt to improve life and farm practices.  Technology was embraced with caution, would it pay for itself over time.  In the end Dad had a tractor with a cab and AC and Mom had a refrig to keep her pies in.  They both had a love for their fellow man, the church and most of all a love for my sister and I.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Life Today

   We all live a very fast pace and hectic life style these days.  More important do we realize the pace we go?  Having had a "few" moments to reflect upon this while setting in a seat on an airplane these past few weeks it has come to mind....NO WE DO NOT.  We all have a routine that we go by to start off each day, it is a habit.  If we are not home then we develop a different routine for where we are.  It is simple we are in a routine filled society that for the most part only we know our own routines.  If others catch on to what we do & when we do it they can almost set their watches to us.  If we over sleep for some reason life can get difficult in a hurry as our routine won't work and everything falls apart.  But we somehow adapt to whatever comes our way.
   As we get older these things come to mind more readily for we realize that our days are numbered by our Creator.  We remember the things our parents taught and told us as if they were yesterday and not weeks, months or years ago.  O we should have ask them more or remembered more.  But we need to cherish each of those thoughts.
   So live your hectic life as if there was no tomorrow for as they say "Tomorrow never comes" but memories always linger.

New to Bloggin

This is totally new to me but as I get older I like to try out new things just so I can say I did that.  Maybe my metality is failing( if I ever had any thoughts) so thought I would give this a try.  not sure yet what I might post but it will be just "MY" thoughts and will not be intended to offend anyone or anything.  So stay tuned.