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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.

Give Us Your Thoughts!

We are proud to have the only local 100% grass-fed drinkable yogurt on the market today, but we want to know what you think of it. Click the yogurt image and follow the link to our survey. Let your voice be heard!!

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…

Shorter Days of Autumn

With the shorter days of Autumn, the morning milking crew gets to sleep in a little longer, as the cows don’t have to walk far to get to the milking parlor. A dark colored cow is very difficult to see on a moonless morning long before daybreak. We try to keep a good supply of flashlight batteries on hand. Click the image to read the entire blog entry.

Maternal Instincts

We were happy to find 2 new calves when we arrived home from our trip to Great Britain at the end of August (more about our journey later). Our fall calving season begins about the first of September as we do not like to have new calves born in the heat of summer. Every calving season brings it’s own challenges and freshening new heifers can be one of them. Click the calf image to read the entire post…

Free Wedding Dances

Dave’s mother and father, Georgina Alice Simon and Valentine Jaroslav Minar were married in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague on October 17, 1938. Click the image to read an excerpt from Jean’s memoir, and learn what life was like during the early days of Cedar Summit Farm.

Homemade Cultured Butter

One of our favorite food bloggers, Laurie Jesch-Kulseth, shares her recipe for making Homemade Cultured Butter with Cedar Summit Farm 100% grass-fed cream. Thank you, Laurie!

Click the image for links to this amazing recipe and more.