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A Twist on Maternal Instinct

I have always been amazed at the strong maternal bond that develops between a mother and her offspring. A mother cow can be as dangerous as a raging bull when her calf is threatened. This is a fact that our children learned early in their lives. Click the title to read more…

Farm Weddings

This past weekend, we celebrated the marriage of our youngest son, Daniel, to Rebekah Wagner. About 250 friends and family celebrated under a huge tent in front of our creamery at the farm. Cedar Summit Farm has been the scene of many family weddings. Click their photo to read about our family’s farm weddings.

Mud Puppies and Cow Pies

My parents changed their focus from high production to healthy land, healthy animals and healthy people. They made it their life’s mission to educate future and current farmers on the practices that have served them and their charges well, hoping to hand down the ideals to anyone who wanted the information… Click the title or photo to read more…

Rainy Thoughts from the Farm

As I drive the backcountry roads around our farm I’m saddened again to see the widespread farmland destruction that occurs during heavy rainfall events like the last few days. Thank you, Monsanto! Click the image or title to read the entire update…

The Killdeer

Everyone here at Cedar Summit Farm is anxiously waiting for the four well-camouflaged Killdeer eggs to hatch. The nest is on the west side of the creamery, along the roadway that we stabilized a few years ago with a load of four inch crushed limestone rock. The Killdeer have the nest hidden among the rocks and the few spears of grass that grow there.

Spring Foraging

May 7th, 2014 was the latest first turnout to pasture of the milking herd that I can remember. No doubt it was caused by the prolonged winter. Walking perimeter fences with a pail of fencing tools is one of my most anticipated tasks of spring. Click the image at left to read more…

Horse Logging “The Forty”

Many of you probably did not know that our steers spend most of their lives at the McGrath farm. It is located at the very South end of Aitkin County not far from the village of McGrath. Named for James McGrath, the owner of a logging camp in the pine forests at the beginning at the last century. Florence’s grandfather, General Grant McCrory, was a hunter for the logging camps and her grandmother was one of the cooks.

Raising Calves – 1940 to the Present

It may seem strange, but I have been involved with dairy cows all my life. My parents said that they kept me in a pen in the barn as a toddler, so I wouldn’t fall in the manure gutter or get kicked by a cow while they milked or fed the herd. I’m sure I was there as an infant too. I grew up helping them with milking, feeding and tending to the calves.

Dairying in Minus 25 Degrees

We have many challenges when the temps are this low, especially when wind chills are minus 50 degrees. With their heavy hair coats, the cows and pregnant heifers seem to do just fine, as long as they are kept dry. Click the image to read the entire story.

Winter Preparations

Winter preparations for the livestock begin about mid October. The water supply to the pastures must be turned off early enough so the cows empty the tanks on the last rotation through the paddocks. Click the image to read the entire story…