Tonight, I could actually see the last sliver of the sunset going down as I drove home from our other farm. And, while tonight happened to be a pretty early night, I was struck by the fact that the days really are getting longer. That faint glow of orange was enough to make me pause and take in the changing of the seasons. That moment, combined with turning the calendar to February, gave me renewed excitement for the slowly approaching spring season.
As winter begins to fade into spring, I am ready to say yes to fresh green grass, longer days filled with sunshine, gravel road dust, and everything else that comes with the spring season. I know I’m getting ahead of myself since we’ve just kicked off February, but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming of the warmer days to come.
The author dairy farms with her parents and brother near Hawkeye, Iowa. The family milks approximately 300 head of grade Holstein cows at Windsor Valley Dairy LLC — split half and half between a double-eight parallel milking parlor and four robotic milking units. In the spring of 2020, Molly decided to take a leap and fully embrace her love for the industry by returning full time to her family’s dairy.