Category Archives: Today on the Farm

A Cow’s Salad Bar

Ever wonder what the Hansen dairy cows eat to produce such great tasting milk and dairy products? To keep our cows healthy and help them produce high quality, great-tasting milk, they are fed a meticulously calculated mixture of dried cracked corn, distiller’s grain, linseed meal, corn silage, alfalfa haylage and vitamins and minerals. Our cows …

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A tribute to Daddy during June Dairy Month

Since today is Father’s Day, and June is National Dairy Month, I decided to share what makes my husband the best dairy daddy. Blake loves showing our kids (Reese, 3, and Beckett, 1) all about being a farmer. Reese has already had a lot of hands-on experiences with cows and is discovering all the different …

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Blake Hansen: Cattle Ob-gyn

About 200 calves are born each year at Hansen’s Dairy, and Herd Manager Blake Hansen serves as a type of cattle ob-gyn for the expecting cows. While difficulties during labor are uncommon, difficult labors are very hard on the cows and can lead to diminished milking productivity and decreased fertility. For these reasons, Blake keeps …

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Is dairy farming really one of the worst jobs in America?

CareerCast.com recently posted their annual listing for the 200 Worst Jobs in America for 2013. The rankings were based on five factors: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. “Dairy farmer” was listed as No. 6. So what do the farmers at Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy have to say about that? “If everyone …

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The calendar says Nov. 20, but you wouldn’t know it by looking outside. Fortunately, the nice day is allowing us to prepare for the upcoming season of not-so-nice days. The cows mostly like the winter. They are much more comfortable than during the summer, when the heat causes them stress and diminishes their milk production. …

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Today on the Farm: Hoof Trimming

Just like horses, cows also need their hooves trimmed to stay healthy! Dream graciously offered to let us take pictures of her hoof trimming experience. Thanks Dream! Here she is anxiously waiting for her turn. When it was Dream’s turn, she stepped into the hoof trimming chute. As she’s stepping in, she steps over a …

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Today On the Farm: Hudson Rec Pays Us a Visit!

This morning we had some special visitors out to the farm, Hudson Recreation! They had a great time making butter, enjoying ice cream, taking a ride on the trolley, and enjoying the tour Katelyn gave them. Take a look at some pictures from this morning!   Thanks for coming out kids! Written by: Christine Schick

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Today on the Farm: Mermaids, Dandelions and Sunsets

The Hansen family had an occasion to celebrate on Sunday. Baby Beckett (son of Blake and Jordan) came home after a nasty virus landed him in the hospital for two days. He made it home just in time to celebrate his big sister Reese’s 3rd birthday. We all gathered at the dome for Dora mermaid-themed …

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