A Typical Summer Day on HALO Dairy
Hal Olsen is a 3rd generation dairy farmer in the Cache Valley. He farms his 100-cow dairy with his son, son-in-law and their families. Hal is passionate about farming and loves that he is still able to farm the old-fashioned way, on a small farm with his family by his side. The summer is a busy time for Hal; take a look at a typical day:
A Day in the Life of Hal Olsen:
- 3:30AM – Hal hops out of bed with a biological clock honed from years of farming. Hal has never used an alarm.
- 3:30 – 6:30AM – Milking Time #1 (Hal’s cows are milked 2x/day)
- 6:30 – 8:00AM – Dairy Chores: feed cows, feed calves, wash the barn, and clean stalls & monitor cows.
Throughout the day, Hal and his sons are constantly checking up on the cows – any detection of something amiss (i.e., not eating normally, sluggish behavior, not responding appropriately) and that cow is evaluated and cared for as necessary. As the sun sets, Hal takes a closer look at the cows. The cooler weather allows for better assessment.
- 8:00AM: Breakfast
- 9:00AM: Back to the farm for chores: mending fence, cutting hay, raking hay, baling hay, hauling hay, monitoring crops (Hall farms 400 acres of hay, corn, barley, and fall wheat).
- 12:00Noon: Chore break to feed cows, feed baby calves, and monitor cows
- 12:30/1:30ish: Lunch break when the chores are finished
- 2:00PM: Back to chores
- 3:30PM – 6:30PM: Milking Time #2
- 6:30PM: Feeding cows and calves, monitoring cows
- 8:00PM: With the animals well cared for, Hal eats with his family
- Nighttime: Sleep? Sometimes…During the night, Hal is often up irrigating & baling hay. In Cache county, water shares are issued in time slots. When storms are scarce, Hal wakes up in the middle of the night when it is his turn to use water and irrigates crops.
“I love being a good steward over my land and my animals. Unless you have been involved with this hands-on experience it is hard to understand or comprehend the time, patience, responsibility, love, and passion that I put into my occupation.” -Hal Olsen