I met Dale Daggett at the farmer's market in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He asked me if I would like to come out to his farm and take photos. I am always up to explore some new photo opportunities. As I pulled up to the Edge Farm, 6 miles outside of Ladysmith I first thought there wasn't much to see. In fact it looked like a retired farm. That is until you meet the "stars" of the whole operation - a herd of Normande cows!! What beautiful animals! They remind me of the cows I was used to growing up in southern Germany and Switzerland. Dale was greeted exuberantly by one of the cows! They were all very friendly and curious and let me take many photos from all angles. I don't know much about farming and Dale gave me all kinds of information - too much to remember and share here. I was mostly impressed about the fact that the cows are kept outside year round only eating grass and hay in the winter. No need for growing corn and expensive farm equipment. He hasn't seen a vet in years. The cows get milked in the morning and evening in a small milk parlor by Dale's son (whom I unfortunately didn't meet - maybe another time). Oh, and did I forget to mention - the farm is certified organic!! As a vegetarian I wasn't too happy to hear that the cows get slaughtered at age 7. But after all it's a farm and the owners need to make a living.
Dale also has several bee colonies at his house but they were not active when I visited - no pictures of that.
Here are a few photos I took from my short visit at this lovely place! Dale is very eager to share his knowledge and welcomes visitors to his little paradise.