The author is a third-generation dairy farmer from Oregon where she farms in partnership with her husband and parents. As a mother of three young boys who round out the family run operation as micro managers, Darleen blogs about the three generations of her family working together at Guernsey Dairy Mama. Abiqua Acres Mann's Guernsey Dairy is currently home to 90 registered Guernseys and recently transitioned to a robotic milking system.
Darleen Sichley
April 15 2024
Farmers get to experience many incredible sights of nature, and last week so did people in many parts of the country
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March 26 2024
How we keep everyone up to date on our dairies varies but is always important
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March 12 2024
Daylight savings time is a period of adjustment for us as well as our animals
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Feb. 14 2024
This Valentine’s Day, I am reminded of what we love about dairy farming
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Jan. 30 2024
It is easy to get burnt out during a long winter. We must do what we can to stay healthy
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Jan. 2 2024
As we enter a new year, remember that goals are part of a business plan
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Dec. 5 2023
The holidays look different for farm families, but true joy is in what we have around us
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Nov. 21 2023
This week truly kicks off the holiday season. It’s a season where holiday spirit comes in many forms. Often times, that spirit and true love is expressed through food
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Nov. 8 2023
Taking the time to recognize what we have can help us move through busy seasons
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Oct. 24 2023
My niece stopped by for a school project last week. They were talking about “big digit problems” in math and looking at real-life examples where lots of numbers come into play
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Sept. 26 2023
Do you ever have something just click for you? So much of what we do in our lives is really based on our mental perception — what we can grasp in our brains and then practically implicate
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Sept. 12 2023
When you live a dairy life, there’s always something that doesn’t go to plan. Make a plan for the day and then laugh at it and throw it in the garbage
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Aug. 29 2023
It’s the last week of summer here in the Pacific Northwest, or so the calendar says. That’s because our kids will return to school after Labor Day
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Aug. 15 2023
Are you and your farm ready for a natural disaster or emergency? There is no way you can prepare your farm for every emergency in every way, but a little preparation can go a long way
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Aug. 1 2023
Recently I saw a picture of a 4-H sign that read, “We don’t have kids to help raise our livestock. We have livestock to help raise our kids.”
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July 17 2023
There’s something about the warm glow of summer sunshine that puts everything into the perfect light
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June 6 2023
In case you haven’t heard or remembered by now, it’s June Dairy Month!
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May 23 2023
What is it about farm kids and mud puddles? They’re like moths to a flame!
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April 25 2023
It’s not a dairy farmer vacation until you get to take in the dairy scene, especially in another country
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April 11 2023
Our youngest loves books. A large part of my day includes a never-ending stack of books appearing on my lap