Tim Zweber

The beauty of redundancy

The beauty of redundancy lies well in line with how I prefer to labor. Given the choice, that means I labor as little and as leisurely as possible to achieve my goal. To be able to carry on and say, …

Those jobs

There is a lot of time to listen to music, podcasts and audiobooks while doing fieldwork and running skid loaders to take care of the cows.

End-of-year planning

Every December, it’s time to send the books off to our accountant and find out whether we need to make some investments in feed, facilities or equipment to avoid giving the government more …

Steers in the road

“Better slow down a bit. There are cattle on both sides of the road,” I told my brother after we rumbled over a cattle guard and continued down a stretch of paved road in the desert while …

Not World Dairy Expo bound

Emily and I used to go to World Dairy Expo every year to wander around, chatting with friends, looking at equipment and admiring beautiful dairy cattle. The road trip to Madison, Wisconsin, was also …

The roof fell off

I love this time of year. It’s time to put up some hay.

So many babies

March and April are busy months around here when it comes to calving. We like to take vacations in January and February, and we don’t like fresh cows with frostbit teats.

Some days are like that

My parents recently went on a short trip to Florida with my two sisters’ families. Our young nephews and niece aren’t really the right ages to join the kind of trips we take our teen kids on, so they do their own trip to a kid friendly beach in Florida.

Turning 40 with a Colombian vacation

Last month, I left you guessing what mountainous, warm, Spanish-speaking place we’d be visiting with dairy farms.

Free concrete

They say nothing is free, but then, maybe those people never lived in Minnesota.

Traditions

It probably seems a bit late to be writing a column about Christmas traditions.

Who owns the water?

This has been an interesting month in our small town of Elko New Market, Minnesota.

It’s that time of year

It’s an election year, which means I am forced to dislike people I’ve never met for bothering me with their nonsense while I’m trying to work or relax.

Road trip

Our family doesn’t do many multistate road trips. We love traveling whenever we get a chance to get away from the farm, but it’s usually destinations we can get to in half a day.

The next season

Fair season ended for our family a couple days ago when Emily took the kids back up to the state fair one last time for their non-livestock project judging.

Milk inspection prep

Looking at the date on our last inspection sheet in the milkhouse, it’s time for our state milk inspector to show up again and remind us of things we probably should have fixed before he got here.

Those 6 inches

“Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a 6-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

Hay brings rain

It’s time to make some hay. I love cutting and putting up hay, especially the first crop

The shoe cobbler’s children

There’s a saying I’ve heard from time to time that the shoe cobbler’s children are the worst shod.

Joyous mediocrity

    I was half listening to a podcast not long ago while mixing cow chow and thinking of something else.

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