Lancaster Farming: Blogs http://www.lancasterfarming.com Blogs en-us Youth Days at All-American Dairy Show http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Youth-Days-at-All-American-Dairy-Show The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex was “dairy kid central” this past weekend as the All-American Dairy Show’s youth even ... [category] Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:47:13 GMT Ariel Had a Baby! http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Ariel-Had-a-Baby- After nine long months of waiting, one of my favorite Holsteins finally calved. She’s healthy. The baby is healthy. But … it& ... [category] Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:25:35 GMT Md. Dairy Princess Diary http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Md--Dairy-Princess-Diary Since being crowned Maryland Dairy Princess in July, I have been very busy.  I have been going to county fairs as well as dairy events and still ... [category] Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:52:45 GMT Stopping Tantrums http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Stopping-Tantrums Any parent can relate to the “terrible twos” – a time when your 2-year-old child is developing his own personality and t ... [category] Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:54:28 GMT Showcation time http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Showcation-time Showcation (noun). Time off work that is spent at a cattle show or in a cattle show environment. Showcation often financially replaces a traditional v ... [category] Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:33:43 GMT Show Pants Panic http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Show-Pants-Panic If you have ever shown a dairy calf or cow as a 4-H project, there is a simple, hard and fast rule. You must wear white show pants and a white shirt. ... [category] Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:04:04 GMT 4-H Books: A lesson in how history repeats itself http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/4-H-Books--A-lesson-in-how-history-repeats-itself Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer ... [category] Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:26:56 GMT Fair Preparation http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Fair-Preparation So the annual county fair has finally arrived. My family and I have been working with animals and preparing for months. Last night, we started setting ... [category] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:46 GMT A Tub Full of Captain Crunch http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/A-Tub-Full-of-Captain-Crunch How do you (or would you if you lived on a farm) transport a calf from the calving pen where they were born to their new home? There are dozens of d ... [category] Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:31:06 GMT Dairy Profit Teams Get Financial Bump http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Dairy-Profit-Teams-Get-Financial-Bump I had to admit, reading the budget presented by the General Assembly to Gov. Tom Corbett included a surprise – extra funding for dairy pro ... [category] Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:17:04 GMT Washing Calves … and Dad http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Washing-Calves---and-Dad Two months ago, I thought I was ahead of the game. I had already started halter-breaking calves to be shown this summer. My mom already clipped a few ... [category] Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:57:40 GMT A Garden of Wills http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/A-Garden-of-Wills It’s amazing how a garden can get the best of you. Things are going along great, then all of sudden … surprise… you ha ... [category] Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:54:44 GMT Md. Dairy Princess: Celebrate June Dairy Month http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Md--Dairy-Princess--Celebrate-June-Dairy-Month June is Dairy month so remember to continue getting your 3-Every-Day of dairy. Milk, yogurt and cheese is the best way to get your daily dairy, but fo ... [category] Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:41:49 GMT Kids and the Farm http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Kids-and-the-Farm By now, a majority of school-aged children are out on summer vacation. When I was growing up, the first day of summer break meant one thing: it was ti ... [category] Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:01:58 GMT Dairy Month – Celebrating Dairy Farmers and Dairy Foods http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Dairy-Month---Celebrating-Dairy-Farmers-and-Dairy-Foods In my house, we celebrate dairy month every day. First, all we have to do is walk out our front door to be reminded of the farm and the cows. Second, ... [category] Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:46:00 GMT Gardening: Feeding Your Soul http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Gardening--Feeding-Your-Soul Gardening: Feeding Your Soul   The other day I was asked, "Why do you garden? You are so busy." It’s true, my sche ... [category] Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:13:18 GMT A Battle of ‘Swats’ http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/A-Battle-of--Swats- The score is flies 4, me 0. With last week’s warm weather, flies have invaded the Espenshade house. I had hoped to fare better with the annu ... [category] Fri, 30 May 2014 05:45:45 GMT Cousins' Camp: a Holiday Tradition http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Cousins--Camp--a-Holiday-Tradition My mother in law hosts an annual “cousins camp” at the farm on Memorial Day weekend. The event was conceived to bring all eight of ... [category] Mon, 26 May 2014 08:36:29 GMT Once a Princess, Always a Dairy Princess http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Once-a-Princess--Always-a-Dairy-Princess This past week, I had a bit of nostalgia. I realized it was 20 years since I served as a county dairy princess. First, I felt really old, wondering wh ... [category] Wed, 21 May 2014 06:47:42 GMT All Politics Start at the Ballot Box http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/All-Politics-Start-at-the-Ballot-Box Tomorrow is Pennsylvania’s primary election. If your house is like mine, you are being inundated with flyers from your party of choice beggi ... [category] Mon, 19 May 2014 09:24:46 GMT Dairy Farmers: Better Prepared for Life? http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Dairy-Farmers--Better-Prepared-for-Life- I recently came across a social media link for the top six reasons milking cows prepare you for life. According to http://gaabanter.ie, an Irish enter ... [category] Thu, 15 May 2014 14:52:29 GMT Md. Dairy Diary: Slow Cooker Creamed Corn http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Md--Dairy-Diary--Slow-Cooker-Creamed-Corn May is finally here, which means planting season is well under way. This means late nights spent in the fields. Here is a quick slow cooker recipe tha ... [category] Tue, 13 May 2014 06:13:23 GMT Ride ‘em Cowboy! http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Ride--em-Cowboy- This week, we had our first “rodeo” at the house as my son’s 4-H project calf escaped from her pen for a run across the ... [category] Wed, 07 May 2014 09:28:54 GMT Which Way Will Milk Prices Go Today? http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Which-Way-Will-Milk-Prices-Go-Today- Have you ever watched the daily action in the milk futures markets? It can be maddening. I do not watch it from morning trading bell to closing bell, ... [category] Tue, 06 May 2014 06:07:41 GMT Heading Into the World of 4-H Dairy http://www.lancasterfarming.com/blogs/Heading-Into-the-World-of-4-H-Dairy It’s official. I am the proud parent of a third-generation 4-H’er. The boys and I headed off to their first 4-H meeting last week. ... [category] Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:57:38 GMT