Some pictures of my family, and what my family does.

Or some photographs I scanned in, and some comments about them.

My mother and father, my sisters and brothers last Christmas.

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A nice picture taken several years ago of my parents and my brothers.

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I think that this photograph was originally taken by the professional photographer Maggie Murphy.  This photograph is not typical of Ms. Murphy's work.  Instead, her mainstay was more typically the animal photograph near the bottom of this page.

This is the main buildings on the farm.  It is a dairy farm.  They raise holsteins.  Those black and white cows.  The herd production is above 18,000lbs of milk per animal per year. 

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The farm has had many animals above 30,000lbs of milk per year.   Typically a heifer has her first calf at the age of two.  She begins lactation as soon as she calves.  Typically she'll continue lactation or milk production for about 305 days.  Even though she has had a calf, she is still not a cow.  She is known as a first calf heifer.  Even after she has had her second calf at the age of three, she is still not actually a cow.  Instead she is known as a second calf heifer.  When she begins her third lactation, she will truly be a cow.  A cow will typically live only four or five years, but we've had several animals continue production through the age of sixteen, with over twelve calvings. There are lots of reasons animals get culled from the herd

An older photograph of a heifer that my brother and father took to several large shows.   Yes they have shows specifically devoted to dairy.  Although the fairs and farm shows are nice, the important shows are the State Championship shows, and the shows they used to call the All-American, but they now call the National Show.   The premiums or prize winnings at these shows are not exceptionally large, they convey more bragging rights than anything else.

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If I recall correctly, this animal was first in the Pennsylvania State Championship show,  somewhere down the line in the Eastern All American in Harrisburg (she had a bad day), and Third at the MidWest All American in Madison.   They judge the animals on looks.  They are looking for

You'll see many photographs of this type in publications devoted to the dairy industry.

Some of my nieces and nephews.  They normally have smiles.  But I found this photograph to be interesting because each of them looks like they want to kill the camera.

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