Tag Archives: husband

There is Hope for Tim’s Wedding Ring

Remember this post “My Husband Doesn’t Wear His Wedding Ring”? In the post I mention that Tim lost his first (and very expensive) wedding ring while working with calves. I am sure the ring is now in one of our fields waiting to be eaten by a cow.

There is hope that we might find it though. Today there is an article on Mail Online  titled Wedding ring eaten by calf  three years ago is re-discovered… inside cow’s stomach at butcher’s shop.

The farmer lost his ring while feeding calves. A calf sucked it off his hand. When it was time to butcher the fully grown animal the farmer asked the butcher to look for the ring. Low and behold, it was there!!

Cattle swallowing metal objects is actually a bad thing. There is even a name for it Hardware Disease. This is when a metal object is swallowed and it is pushed through the rumen to the reticulum. The reticulum is one of the compartments in the bovine stomach, and its function is not well understood. However, the contractions of the reticulum force the object into the peritoneal cavity where it initiates inflammation.

To help prevent an infection, cows are sometimes fed magnets to prevent the metal objects from piercing the stomach walls.

 

So here is to hoping we find Tim’s wedding ring…someday.

4 Comments

Filed under #AgChat, family

A Farmer’s Wife-Family Friday

The other day I was reading the Minnesota Farm Bureau Voice of Agriculture newspaper when I spotted this article by state YF&R Committee member Bekki Danielson. It really struck a cord with me so I thought I would share it with you. It is very familiar to a post my prairie living friend Val Wagner wrote once on her blog Wag N Tails . I think I have also wrote some of these exact words (especially when it comes to the whole “everything is related to farming” or being late ) It has me thinking that farm husbands must all come from the same breed…But that is exactly why we love them.

Bekki and Whitney Danielson family

Hometown: Henning and Vining

Children: Dakoda (3), Treyden (2), Daxton (4 months)

Farm Description: Along with Whitney’s parents Warren and Bonnie Danielson, we farm corn, beans, alfalfa, dairy cows and beef cows.


A Farmer’s Wife

Straight out of college I married a farmer – a real, live, romantic man of the land. Although I grew up in a small town, where farming was ever so present, I had no idea how to be a “farmer’s wife.” I’ve spent the past four years slowly, but surely, trying to figure out what this means.

Every day is spent learning something new. It may not be much, but here are a few things that my experiences as a farmer’s wife have taught me.

*Patience is a virtue– On a recent family trip into town, we had to stop at two places, Target and Fleet Farm. At Target, all three boys and Daddy opted to stay in the vehicle. After about 10 minutes, my three-year-old says to Daddy (insert impatient sigh here) “what’s taking Mommy so long?!”

Needless to say he was happy to spend an hour or more in Fleet Farm. So it may not be a requirement for anybody but me in our household, but somebody has to have patience.

*Grass stains are the least of my laundry worries – From mud to manure, I’ve seen it all. I’ve become so accustomed to everybody being covered in something at all times that I find myself saying things like “just wipe it on your shirt, it’s already dirty.”

*Late is the new “on time” – I’ve found that we’ve had to trade our old ways in for new. I used to enjoy getting to church early on Sunday mornings, visiting with friends and enjoying the worship music. Now, I’ll settle for getting the whole family into church before the service is over. Bonus points if no one smells like the barn!

*Everything is related to farming – By the end of my third pregnancy, I had come to terms with the fact that I was going to be compared to livestock. More than once my husband reassured me that, “If we can’t make it to the hospital in time I’ve got mats, chains and twine strings. It can’t be that different from delivering a calf.”

*Everything is planned around the seasons – Be it planting, harvesting, calving or whatever else, it will come first. Holidays, anniversaries and birthdays will have to wait. In fact, it may be easier to celebrate them all at once. Merry-Anni-Birthday!!!

*Multitasking is a must – When my husband calls at noon, as I’m attempting to wash dishes, get caught up on the laundry, feed the three boys, finish my Bible study and chase down whichever child has escaped from the table, and he asks if I’m “doing anything.” I just take a deep breath and say (as calmly as possible), “No honey, what can I do for you?” Even though the screaming children in the background should be a dead giveaway that I’m busy.

*Time frames don’t really apply – so I’ve learned to be much more flexible. If my husband says he’ll be home in 20 minutes, I don’t expect him for at least 40 minutes. Who knows what could happen; a cow gets out, a salesman stops by, he gets distracted by a nice-looking field, anything is possible.

*Laughter is a must – when I backed our car into one of our tractors I was expecting complete sympathy when I went to tell my husband. Even though I was five months pregnant and had our one-year-old in the car, that wasn’t his reaction. Instead he said, “YOU DID WHAT?!?!” then proceeded to go check if his tractor was okay. I may not have been able to laugh about it then, but it sure is funny now. That’s just how farmer’s minds work.

*Dreaming is a must in farming – I have always been someone who sees what is going on now, just black and white. My husband is the exact opposite. He is a dreamer, a planner, a wisher, a thinker. Things I was completely incapable of until I married him. You can’t have a successful farm unless you can see what it can be, and then be willing to work hard to make it happen. These are abilities my husband has truly been blessed with.

*You have to be thankful – Farming will challenge you every day. You have to be able to see through the tough times and make the best out of each new experience. I thank God for each day he gives me the grace to be a farmer’s wife. That said, there is nothing better than chasing cows to pasture, finishing off a good harvest or the looks on my boys’ faces when they go to work with Daddy.

2 Comments

Filed under #AgChat, family, Family Friday Linky

Almost a Date Night-Wordless Wednesday

On Saturday, my parents wanted to take the boys overnight. I was excited to “maybe” get a date night with my husband. He had worked 16 hour days all week trying to finish the first crop of hay. I should know better. Tim did get the “night off” but he first had to get round bales from a farm we lease to the home farm. Of course he asked me to help. Nothing screams romantic like helping your husband with farm tasks.

When we went out to get the truck we had to make sure all the chickens were out from under it.

Loading round bales on the trailer to take back to home farm. Tim trusted me to drive all by myself. Nothing says love like trust.

Hot air balloons taking off from the private airport (yes, private) next to our field. Did I mention it was a beautiful night for a date?

Sharing a magical sunset with my husband, as he loads the last of the bales.

Now that is how dairy wives roll on date night.

Emily

Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy.  We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com. Connect with us on FacebookTwitterand YouTube.

3 Comments

Filed under #AgChat, family, farming, Wordless Wednesday