Congratulations to Sarah and Tom!! They are friends of ours who just had a beautiful baby girl. Tom and Tim met while at college and he also returned to the family dairy farm.
When dairy farmers have babies, there is ALWAYS a story. Most of the stories involve wives rolling their eyes and the husband going on like he is a war hero. We hear stories about dairy farmers nearly missing the birth, driving tractors to the hospital, and making calf pulling jokes to the doctors. As you know dairy farming is a 24x7x365 job and having a baby just doesn’t fit into that crazy schedule. Also, dairy farmers seem to have a chip on their shoulders and think they know everything about birth.
When we had our first child, my lovely husband made the same crude calf pulling jokes. He even told the doctor that he had delivered more “babies” in his life time. He then proceeded to chat corn prices with the doctor while he was performing my c-section. To top it off, after about a mere two hours of recovery, he decided it would be a good idea to go and cut hay.
Despite all his misgivings in the delivering room, having a dairy farmer as a husband and the Dad to my children is wonderful. He was also a good help to have in the delivery room. Tim knew every drug or hormone they were giving me, the effects and the withdrawal period on lactating bovine. As a dad, he is always teaching our boys interesting facts, giving them rides in the tractors and taking them on long drives to the auction (so I can get alone time).
I have yet to hear Sarah and Tom’s “story”, and I am sure it is a good one, but their Jacklyn is lucky to have been born into a dairy family.
I would love hear other farm families “birth” stories. What is yours?
Zweber Farms is a 4th generation family operated organic dairy. We are proud Organic Valley farmer members and sell our milk under that label. We also specialize in sustainably raised beef, pork and chicken and sell it directly to customers in Minnesota.Visit our website to learn more, www.zweberfarms.com