A Dairy Farm in the Shenandoah Valley



This is a dairy farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. It is owned by a Mennonite family and the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. I can’t imagine what it’s like to look out at these mountains every day. 


The cow that you see in the front who isn’t headed in to the barn is in labor. She had a calf while we were sitting here. The farmer ran out to aid her and we drove off to give them both privacy.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Catherine says:

    I love looking at farms. I think I have always secretly wished I lived on one.
    I struggled with what type of home I wanted to build recently. I decided on a craftsman but would have been just as happy in a cottage or farm-style.


  2. linda says:

    What a lovely farm Anna. I’ll bet being a Mennonite farm they are using much more natural, healthy farming methods than factory farms use.

    The pasture looks normal to me Anna – typical of what we see around here. I’ve visited some Amish (organic) cattle farms in my mom’s area and they look just like this.

    The grass is nice and green and healthy-looking, which is great especially considering the drought. To me it just looks well-grazed. Chances are good that the farmer rotates his herd into fresh pasture as necessary, and it might simply be almost time to move them into another pasture that’s had time to recover from previous grazing.
    I think it’s normal also as all my pictures look like this one. You are right about them rotating the cows to other pastures. I guess the UK and Nova Scotia get more rain and have greener pastures. If they cows hear that, they’ll leave us for them. That’s where Phillip and Nancy are from. Funny how I was admiring that picture like crazy and then to find out that some might think it looks bad. I know they like the view but it never occurred to me that the grass might not look good. Oh well, I guess it depends on where you are from. I’m glad you thought it looked normal too. It would have surprised me that a Mennonite wouldn’t have anything but the best. Their homes and barns were immaculate.


  3. nancybond says:

    It is a beautiful farm, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Phillip is right, though — it’s pretty poor grazing area. 🙂 Of course, those fenced fields in the distance may be much better. Beautiful, pastoral photos, Anna.
    I just told Phillip that I had no clue. It looks normal to me but I don’t know what I’m looking at. I’m use to seeing this. I’ll have to investigate my pictures and see if the other farms look as bad. I’ll let you know.


  4. Phillip (UK) says:

    Lovely situation and the cows look healthy, but that is pretty poor pasture land.
    I had no clue it was poor. They all look like that. I guess I’ll google pasture land in the UK and see what it’s suppose to do. You have me wondering now cause it looked normal to me. We did have a bad drought last year. This was taken las summer. I wonder if that has anything to do with it.


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