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Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.
Independence Day (not just the 4th of July around here)
The cows, heifers, and steers poured through the gate, the tails and hooves went up, and they were off on the first romp of the spring. Maybe one or two cows put their noses in the grass and pretended to graze for a second or two, but soon they joined their herdmates running from one end of the grazing strip to the other to check out the boundaries for the day. It didn't matter if the animal was a 20-month-old heifer or the 12-year-ld matriarch of the herd, they were kicking up their heels, butting heads, twisting and turning, and just enjoying being out in the sunshine and the fresh spring air. And I would enjoy not having to lug round bales into the barnyard and the barn, and then lug the manure out to the compost windrow or stacking area.
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