Tag Archive | Brown Swiss

Caption Contest!

One thing I have discovered from photographing our cows, is that it’s pretty easy to get a comical picture of them! They all have such unique personalities and are complete hams for the camera. In fact, because of their curious nature, they often come toward me when they see me with my camera out! Such divas!

Right now, we have a Caption Contest in progress on our Alpine Hills Dairy Farm Facebook page for this photo:

The contest ends at midnight tonight, Thursday, June 7th. Do you have any good caption ideas? I’d love to hear them! 🙂
Of course, I must honor our previous winners that we’ve had so far this year. I absolutely LOVE these photos and the great captions that our Facebook fans have come up with!

Thank you to Katie Taylor for this perfect caption!

Thank you to Brandon Severn for this hilarious caption!

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Calving Season

We are getting geared up for one of the most exciting times of the year here at our farm – calving season! While most of our beef cows calved earlier this spring, almost all of our dairy cows will be calving in the next 4 months or so. For example, we have 11 babies due in June, 8 babies due in July, and another 11 due in August! You know what that means…..calf naming contests and lots of cute baby calf pics which I will be sharing on our farm Facebook page!

This sweet little Brown Swiss heifer was born several weeks ago to our heifer, Twitter. It’s fun to see how the times and technology start slowly affecting our cow names. 🙂 This little girl is long-legged and quite dainty. Her sire is the New Generation Genetics bull, Wonderment. One thing that I find completely irresistable about these babies is their HUGE ears. In this pic, one ear is stuck behind the gate. Must be hard having ears twice as wide as your head!

Moooo-tiful Cows: Photos on Display

A few of our lovely cows and calves launched their modeling careers last month……in Iowa!

Erin, a college student that works for the Central Plains Dairy Association in Iowa, was given the task of decorating for a dairy producer dinner  preceding the Central Plains Dairy Expo. Being a fan of our farm Facebook page, Erin contacted me to request permission to use some of my cow photos for her displays. I was happy to oblige since she was sweet enough to give me photo credit AND to promise to send me some pics of the end result. 🙂

Last week I got an email from her which included several pictures of the completed table decorations using some of our beautiful Brown Swiss cows’ photos. I thought she did a wonderful job! Thanks Erin, for your work in the dairy industry!

“Funny Cow Photo: “Wet Willy”

What a success our first “Caption This” Contest was that we held on our Alpine Hills Dairy Farm Facebook page! We had many hilarious captions submitted for this cow photo that I took last week. It certainly was one of those lucky moments when I snapped the photo at JUST the right time!

Last night we announced the winner of the Caption Contest, our fan Katie Taylor, who submitted “Wet Willy” for our photo. I pinned the photo to Pinterest, and I’ve already had around 95 repins and over 20 likes! How fun! Glad to see that everyone thinks Katie did as great of a job as we thought she did! 🙂

To pin this photo to your own Pinterest account, click the photo above or click the “Pin It” button below.

DFA Member of Distinction Video

Dairy Farmers of America and SC Motion and Stills, LLC did a fantastic job producing this video about our farm and our story as part of the DFA 2012 Member of Distinction award.

If you have a few minutes, please enjoy this video to learn more about us! 🙂

Kansas City Bound!

In just four days my husband and I head to Kansas City, MO for the Dairy Farmers of America Annual Meeting! We are excited to experience this event for the first time – and all expenses paid makes it even better! Last fall, we found out that our dairy farm, Alpine Hills Dairy Farm, was selected as a DFA Member of Distinction. It was hilarious at the time because we all had no clue what that meant or how we even won the award! We were and still are very honored to be chosen for this.

As part of the experience, DFA flew out a writer, and a photographer and his assistant to our farm last October. The writer, a sweet lady named Kara, interviewed each one of us to gather material for the article that will be published in the DFA Leader magazine sometime this spring. The photographer, Shaun Cloud, and his assistant Johanna, spent the entire day (at least 8 hours) filming and taking photos of the farm. They did anything for a great shot: climbed fences, laid in the mud, and even got licked but a few of our friendly Brown Swiss cows! They even came back a second day and shot photos and videos of one of our Country Pumpkins Dairy Tours in action! We have not seen any of these photos or videos yet (5 months is a LONG wait!) but I hear they want to surprise us with them at the convention next week. On Tuesday night there will be a banquet where they will play each of the Member of Distinctions’ videos and display some photos.

I plan on documenting this upcoming Annual Meeting experience from my trusty iPhone to our Alpine Hills Dairy Farm Facebook page. To get in on the updates, visit www.fb.com/alpinedairy and “like” our page. 🙂

Here are some “behind the scenes” photos of our Member of Distinction experience so far……

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It’s TEBOW Time!

Alpine Hills Brookings Tebow

I am by no means a football expert……let’s be honest, when I watch a football game the only part I really pay attention to is maybe the last two minutes! In spite of that I do know enough to realize that the Superbowl is over, that Tim Tebow didn’t play in it, etc…..but at our farm it’s still Tebow Time!

This handsome Brown Swiss bull was born to our cow Timeless (here’s a photo of her winning 1st Place 5 year old at the KY State Fair in 2011) a couple of weeks ago. His sire is the NGG bull, Brookings. While we wouldn’t have cried if he would have been born a girl (ha ha!) we are still excited to have such a handsome young bull with great genetics at our farm to raise up as our future herd bull.  Keeping with the “T” theme of his mother’s name, we decided the that name Tebow would be quite perfect for him. We would be thrilled if he became even half as famous as his namesake one day. I mean, there are some similarities……big, strong, and STUBBORN…….

I have experienced his stubbornness head on. This calf was so big and strong when he was born that it’s hard to believe that he didn’t beat Timeless to death while she was pregnant with him! Teaching him to nurse from a bottle was quite a challenge for the first few days of his life. He wanted that milk sooooo bad, but he couldn’t figure out how to get it in his belly,  so he basically just slammed himself into the person trying to feed him, hoping that he’d get milk somehow! I fed him a few times during these few days before he figured things out and it was the hardest workout of my life. Try wrestling an incredibly strong, insanely energetic 115-120 pound bull calf sometime – it’s an experience you’ll never forget! In the end though, I’m proud to say that these wrestling matches (aka “feeding time”) resulted in a score of TEBOW = 0   SHELLEY = 1. I won! 🙂

It didn’t take long for Tebow to get the bottle-feeding thing down. Within a few days he was drinking like a champ without beating me up in the process. I love my job.