My fiancé, Sam, and I took engagement photos earlier this yr in our heifer freestall barn.
With our wedding day quick approaching and the beckoning of harvest season on the horizon, my days are presently a frenzied blur of cattle chores, discipline work, and finalizing wedding particulars (nicely, plus my writing and graphic design facet hustle, in addition to common home tasks, after all).
Choosing up my wedding costume.
From choosing up and making an attempt on my wedding costume after morning chores to spending the remainder of the day hauling a great deal of silage, pulling collectively our wedding whereas dairy farming fulltime is an fascinating combine. Stopping by the home all through my day of farming normally means placing an additional coat of paint on one thing wedding associated, making just a few cellphone calls, or including to my extraordinarily detailed to-do checklist.
The sharp distinction of fresh, crisp, and chic wedding particulars in comparison with dust-filled, gritty, and sweaty farm work is an actual shift in mindset, to say the least. Truthfully, the combo of those two excessive ends of the spectrum brings me loads of pleasure on this season of life. It is so enjoyable to work on all of the wedding preparations however sitting and specializing in my pc display or stuffing infinite envelopes does get previous after some time — and partly reminding me why I moved away from an workplace job a pair years in the past. After I must stretch my muscle tissue, transfer my physique, or simply flex a unique space of my mind, my day-to-day cattle chores or the tractor cab are ready with open arms.
My view unloading haylage as my brother packs the pile.
I am somebody who completely loves having loads occurring and I am very task-oriented, so serving as our wedding planner was a no brainer for me. With each of us coming from farming households, my fiancé and I are cautious to contemplate chore timing, farmers’ preferences, and so forth in our wedding particulars. Take, for example, that our wedding venue is lower than 10 miles from each of our household farms — simply in case the cows get out, a brand new heifer wants calving help, or my dad simply has the urge to swing by to push up feed (which we actually anticipate he’ll do).
Past our matrimony and scheduling of the weekend’s wedding festivities, you’ll be able to wager we’re planning forward for chore assist and timing of discipline work. My mother and I’ll have (wink, wink) even been in cahoots to breed fewer cows and heifers one week final February to keep away from a surge of contemporary cows and new calves the week of our wedding.
We’re past excited for our wedding in just a few quick months, and you’ll wager we shall be serving numerous ice cream and milk through the festivities. What else would you anticipate from dairy farmers?
The creator dairy farms along with her dad and mom and brother close to Hawkeye, Iowa. The household milks roughly 300 head of grade Holstein cows at Windsor Valley Dairy LLC — cut up half and half between a double-eight parallel milking parlor and 4 robotic milking items. Within the spring of 2020, Molly determined to take a leap and totally embrace her love for the trade by returning full time to her household’s dairy.