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The Corn Harvest

Featured Farm Photo
September 2013

The Corn Harvest

The Bateman Brothers Harvest Corn

The four Bateman Brothers and their father operate Batemans Mosida Farm. This photo was taken during the Corn harvest of 2012. As operators of a large family dairy, the Bateman brothers take pride in running a safe, healthy operation that consistently produces high quality milk.

Their dairy, home to just over 6500 cows, is an amazing example of serenity and efficiency.

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Late Summer on the Farm

Featured Farm Photo
August 2013

Harvest Time

Harvest Time on a Dairy in Northern Utah

Thank you to Tammy Munk – Munk Farms in Amalga, UT for submitting this stunning photo for our monthly featured farm photo series. Tammy Munk and her husband Shane farm with their son, Jason, brother-in-law, Sid, and nephew, Braden. She loves photography and often takes her camera as she walks around and works on the farm. This late afternoon photo captures a summer harvest.

In addition to operating a dairy with 1200 head of cattle where they milk 550 cows three-times per day, the Munk family hosts community events on the farm. (See pictures and read about Farm Field Days this past spring).

For all dairy farm families, life on the farm entails far more than just milking cows, and for the Munks, this also means farming a significant amount of cropland where they grow hay and corn to feed their cows.

Munk Corn Crop 2012

Sid Munk and His Son, Shay – Early Corn Crop 2012

Crop farming makes for quite a busy summer! Hay gets planted as early as possible. In Utah’s Cache Valley, this usually means late April or early May, and depending on the summer (amount of rain and temperature), the Munks typically get 4 or 5 cuttings of hay that they harvest and preserve as feed for their cattle.

The corn harvest takes place in early fall and is usually the last crop harvest before winter arrives.

Harvest Time

Harvest Time on Munk Farms

See an additional photo from Tammy Munk – Blanketing Our Babies

Follow the Munks directly on their blog: Munk Family Farms

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

Featured Farm Photo
July 2013

2013 Day on the Farm - Midway, UT

What a Day! Chocolate Milk and Ice Cream – at the same time

A day on the dairy farm can involve more than just cows. On June 8th we held our inaugural “Day on the Farm” event and invited all of you to visit a Utah Dairy Farm. With a petting zoo, bouncy house, face painting, and crafting booth, there were plenty of family activities in addition to getting a tour of the farm, watching the cows roam around the pasture and feeding carrots to Geraldine the steer. But on a hot day, ice cold milk and a scoop of Famous Aggie Ice Cream beckoned!

We hope to repeat the event and see you out at our Day on the Farm next year during June Dairy Month. Your ice cold milk and ice cream will be waiting for you!

Now go out and celebrate July – National Ice Cream Month – coined in 1984 by President Ronald Regan and enjoy an extra special scoop on National Ice Cream Day – Sunday, July 21st.

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Come Celebrate “A Day on the Farm”

Featured Farm Photo – June 2013
Let’s Celebrate Dairy Month!

Canyon View Farm

Canyon View Farm

Our June Featured Farm Photo not only ushers in Dairy Month (June is a celebration of all things dairy), it is an open invitation to come spend a “Day on the Farm.” Come meet a dairy farm family, enjoy free pizza & ice cream, bounce around in a bouncy house, have your face painted, visit a petting zoo, take a farm tour, or make a farm-inspired craft.

WHEN: June 8, 2013 10am – 2pm

WHERE: Canyon View Farm – 970 N. River Rd. Midway

WHAT: Domino’s Pizza teams up with The Dairy Farmers of Utah to promote “Delivering Dairy Goodness.” Celebrate the hard work and passion our farmers bring from the dairy goodness of their farms to your table. 

Delivering Dairy GoodnessThis photo was taken on a crisp spring morning – Holsteins out on pasture enjoying the beauty and deliciousness of Midway, UT.

Canyon View Farms is a 4th-generation dairy farm operated by the Kohler family. The dairy is now home to Heber Valley Artisan Cheese and is truly a labor of love.

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Kittens on the Farm

Featured Farm Photo

May 2013 – Barex Dairy

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Lucky Momma with her spring litter of kittens

Life on a dairy farm isn’t ALL about cows, and Taunya Otten’s photo this month illustrates another element of life on the farm. (Read more about Barex Dairy in Centerfield, UT)

This is my daughter’s cat, Lucky Momma, who has the cutest litters of kittens every year! Each kitten is an entirely different color, and it is always so fun when she has them! Cats have been a part of farm life for us since I was a little girl. I remember one siamese cat that we had who could catch four mice at a time out of the grain bin! He would also climb right up your coveralls and perch on your shoulder while we scooped grain for the cows in the barn. He would just wait for a mouse to show up and ZOOM! – after it he went. Too bad we never captured a video! 

We love cats because they are great rodent control. My home is in the middle of acres of cultivated fields, but never once have we had a mouse problem in 15 years. I always try to keep at least one cat around the house that is tame. I have never had a cat IN the house, but we love petting our outside cat and her kittens. There are also several ‘farm’ cats who live around the haystacks, but they are too wild to catch. 

And one more note about our ‘Lucky Momma’… Hank, our Great Dane who weighs almost 200 pounds and shadows us around the farm is scared to death of her! 

More from our Featured Farm Photo Series:

April 2013 – City Boy Turned Dairy Farmer

March 2013 – Blanketing Our Babies

February 2013 – A Chilly Winter Morning on the Farm

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City Boy Turned Dairy Farmer

April 2013 Featured Farm Photo & Farmer Profile

Rob Steedley, Westergard Jerseys in Warren, UT

Ahhhh! A nice sip (or gulp) of refreshing water.

Ahhhh! A nice sip (or gulp) of refreshing water.

The photo I submitted for the Cow Locale’s monthly “Featured Farm Photo Series” shows 2 cows getting a drink. Keeping fresh, clean water readily available is an important part of producing consistently high quality, nutritious milk and maintaining healthy cows. Cows can drink up to 50 gallons of water each day!

I wanted to show what happens on our farm and had a tough time picking just one photo to share, so in addition to introducing myself and telling you a bit about how I made it from the city to the country, I have a few more photos to illustrate life here at Westergard Jerseys.

Hello...This is me, Rob Steedley - City Boy turned Dairy Farmer!

Hello…This is me, Rob Steedley – City Boy turned Dairy Farmer!

After growing up in Los Angeles then moving to the New York City area, I never imagined that I would end up a dairy farmer in Warren, UT… and yet that is just what happened. I fell in love with a farmer’s daughter and followed her home.

My wife and I met online – we chatted, talked on the phone, and sent each other text messages for 6 months. We met in-person for the first time at the baggage claim area at JFK airport in Queens, NY, and it was pretty much love at first sight. We got married and I moved to her home in Utah, just a half-mile from the family farm. My father-in-law has been in the business for over 30 years, and while I had immense respect for him and his chosen profession, my wife and I decided that dairy farming wasn’t for me.

That decision didn’t last.

Less than 2 months later, I found myself getting up well before the sun every morning milking cows twice per day – through weekends and holidays. It was a great chance for me to really get to know my in-laws, and I fell in love with the lifestyle. My family laughs because they think of me as a “city boy,” but after 3 years on the farm, I have become a country boy through and through.

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My daughter Lilly visits the farm regularly. She loves visiting the calves and often climbs the fence to say hello

Tractors are part of life on the farm - something I didn't have much familiarity with in LA or New York!

Tractors are part of life on the farm – something I didn’t have much familiarity with in LA or New York!

This is a shot of our milk parlor:  "This is where the magic happens!"

This is a shot of our milk parlor: “This is where the magic happens!”

More from the “Featured Farm Photo Series”

Blanketing Our Babies – March 2013

A Chilly Winter Morning on the Farm – February 2013

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Blanketing Our Babies

Featured Farm Photo – March 2013

Blanketing Our Babies

Blanketing Our Babies

Tammy Munk farms with her husband, son, nephews, father-in-law, and brother-in-law in Amalga, Utah. She also loves photography and recently submitted this photo for our Featured Farm Photo Series. We caught up with Tammy to ask her a few questions about her photo and life on Munk Farms.

Describe the picture you have taken for our Featured Farm Photo Series:
Making sure that our baby calves are warm and fed is a big job on the farm. Thanks to wonderful employees like Emily our calves are very comfortable and lovingly cared for. All the new calves are wrapped in blankets so they can endure the cold temperatures.  It is nice to know that our employes care about the animals on our dairy.

How did you get interested in photography?
I have always loved taking pictures. When I was a little girl my grandfather gave my his old brownie camera. I loved that camera. I took two photography classes in high school and spent a lot of time taking photos and then  developing my pictures in the dark room. I did not do too much after that. I just took the pictures of my family growing up.   About 23 years ago I started oil painting with friends. 90% of the paintings we do are outside on location. I would study the location and try to find the composition I liked so I could paint it. I read a lot of books and studied a lot about composing. The more I studied the more I loved it. When my oldest daughter married, we paid a ton for pictures – they were beautiful,  but we did not get many. I took her and did her bridals – from then I was hooked. I did my other children’s engagements and bridals when they got married. With the back ground I had in art combined for the love of painting and photography, I ventured out and started a small business. I now do weddings and families.

What excites you about taking pictures?
I enjoy being outdoors. That is where I am most comfortable. I love the beauty of nature, whether it is large or small.  When I take pictures I love to capture feelings and memories. When I look back at the pictures I take or the paintings I paint, I love the memory of the moment. I want the picture to take those who look at them back to the place – to allow them to feel what they were feeling when I shot the photo – a warm breeze or the sound of a rushing river. It could be the excitement of being engaged, the elegance of being a bride, the joy of being married, the laughter of a child, or the love of family.  I want special times be remembered. If I can give someone these feelings when they look at their pictures, that is what excites me and brings me such happiness and contentment.

What role do you play on the farm?
When I got married I knew nothing about living/working on a farm. I was a city girl. So everything about it was new to me. I remember learning how to drive a stick shift on a regular truck. Then I learned to drive a dump truck, and that became my job. I would put my babies in their car seats and off we would go hauling corn and hay.  I did this for over 20 years. The job that was a little more challenging was the “gofor job”- Go for this, go for that, Now go back and change it. :) I know farmers wives will understand this job! We sometimes just have to do it.  About 12 years ago I retired from truck driving and started doing the farm books. It is pretty much a full time job now.  I love working on the with my family. I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the experiences I have had.

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