Farmer Friday: Thank You Note

Dear Annabelle, Isabelle, Daisy, Milkyway, Cookies&Cream, Buttercup, and all of the rest of my girls,

I want to start off by saying thank you. Thank you for being an important part of my herd. Words can’t describe my unconditional love for each and every one of you. Although I may be frustrated with the skid-steer breaking down, or somebody not putting the drill back in the right spot, I sincerely appreciate that you are happy to see me every morning at 5am. The success of my farm begins with you, and I’m happy to cater to your everyday needs. I am happy to hire a nutritionist, veterinarian, and hoof trimer to keep you in tip-top shape.

Some of the lovely ladies at Parnassus Farm in Acworth, NH.

Some of the lovely ladies at Parnassus Farm in Acworth, NH.

Annabelle, my favorite girl, I love that you keep me company on our way down to the milking parlor each morning. I appreciate that you wait for me to finish scraping stalls before we make our trek to the milking parlor. I look forward to our walks together each and every day. If I’m having a rough morning, it’s wonderful how understanding you are. Thank you for keeping me company on the days everyone else is running from me.

A letter from a farmer to her beloved cows. #FarmerFriday #farmlove on the @cabotcheese blog​


Thank you for your patience. When we have visitors, you understand that you are an important part of our community. You let our young visitors pet you, and understand when they are rambunctious. I’m not sure you realize the positive impact that you have on our community.

Jones Farm, Chichester NH

Jones Farm, Chichester NH

Most importantly, thank you for producing the best quality milk possible. I appreciate that your healthiness and happiness make our family and our Co-op, successful. Without you lovely ladies we wouldn’t be able to make award-winning Cabot Naturally Aged Cheddar Cheese.

~Allison Akins, Five Mile Farm

Paul Doton of Doton Farm in Barnard, Vermont is enjoying a beautiful day with his herd.

Paul Doton of Doton Farm in Barnard, Vermont is enjoying a beautiful day with his herd.

Did You Know?
Many farmers hire a nutritionist to produce a TMR (total mixed ration) formula for the farm’s feeder. The formula is a recipe for the cow’s meal each day. Cows have different nutritional needs depending on their age, and also whether they are pregnant or just gave birth.

Liberty Hill Farm, Rochester VT

Liberty Hill Farm, Rochester VT

Farmers hire a veterinarian for overall “herd health”. Several times a month, vets will visit the farm to check for pregnancies using an ultrasound, make sure the calves are healthy and trouble-shoot any other herd problems. A hoof trimmer is also hired by many farmers to maintain “herd health”.

Fairmont Farm, East Montpelier VT

Fairmont Farm, East Montpelier VT

Twice a year, cows’ hoofs need to be checked and trimmed – the cows love “Spa Day”. A cow produces about 9 gallons of milk each day, and it takes a gallon of milk to make a pound of cheese. That means each Cabot cow produces 3,285 pounds of award winning cheese every year!

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Allison Akins reports on anything and everything farming. By being a part of the seventh generation of her family farm, Five Mile Farm, she hopes to share her love and passion for agriculture with everyone in the Cabot community.  She is currently a senior at Cortland State in New York and Allison is unsure of her future plans, so for now she is enjoying her summer internship with Cabot and enjoying the beautiful Vermont scenery. 

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Kristin Haskins | June 12, 2015 | 7:44am

Oh, I SO love these posts, and look forward to them every week. They’re always interesting, informative–but mostly, just plain fun! I love the beautiful photos as much as the articles. I’m a senior citizen, and reading books, listening to the radio, and the internet are my favorite things to do, now, but when I was younger my family always took us kids on fun rides on weekends, just to enjoy what beauty is here. After a long work (and school) week, anywhere out in the country was where we’d head! Beautiful land, fresh air, scenery, and animals…Who could ask for more?
Wishing you years of your wonderful farm magic!
Kristin Haskins
Barre Vt

    Rachael | June 12, 2015 | 8:57am

    We’re so glad you look forward to these posts, that means a lot to all of us here, especially to our farmer owners! Thank you for the support 🙂 ~Rachael

Carol Turner | June 12, 2015 | 8:48am

Dear Allison,

We enjoyed talking with you when we met you at the Lareau Farm a couple weeks ago, and have enjoyed your posts! It is so interesting to read about the details of the great care and work that goes into a farm. The photos are beautiful too. Thank you for letting us know about the Cabot Cheese Coop blog.

Blessings and success to you,

Carol Turner and Frank Kneeland
Wethersfield, CT

    Rachael | June 12, 2015 | 9:43am

    Hi Carol and Frank,
    It was very nice to meet you both at the Lareau Farm! I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying the Farmer Fridays along with the other posts. All of us here at Cabot and the farm families sure appreciate you taking the time to read them.

    Take care and come back to visit soon!
    -Allison Akins

Megan Bowdish | June 12, 2015 | 3:39pm

Nice article Allison. I’m sure your cows miss you this summer.

Mary Cole | June 12, 2015 | 6:39pm

How excited Bronwyn and Ronan were to see that you mentioned Isabelle!! But as cute as she is there will always be a special spot in my heart for her mother, Annabelle. I so look forward to your Friday posts! Beautiful pictures!! Thank you, Ally!!

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