Friday, October 23, 2009
I grew up on a dairy farm. Twice a day, every day, through every season, we milked large black and white Holstein cows. Holsteins are a breed that originated in Northern Holland and are known as the highest producing dairy animals.
Our big ladies provided a steady income for our family. Earnings from the milk helped to feed us, pay our bills and put four kids through college. Each cow had a name and a personality. Mom was in charge of the barn while Dad worked hard in the fields of hay and grain. Kid chores included helping with the milking, cleaning the barn, preparing for milking and feeding the animals. The smell of manure reminds me of home in a good way.
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