A dairy farm auction was held on May 2, 2018 at the Carman Brook Farm. We decided last fall that we would be changing the way we do business and dispersing of our cattle and dairy equipment. This allows us to focus on our maple operation and start enjoying some down time.
Daniel has been living and working on the farm all his life. The farmhouse where we reside was his first home. Last fall he announced that by spring he would be ready to retire from dairy farming. He wanted to start enjoying other activities and travel.
Dairy Farm Auction
After looking at all the available options to disperse the herd and equipment, we decided to have a dairy farm auction. Daniel and I hired Wright’s Auction to facilitate our dairy auction. Immediately, we began preparing for the auction with Ron Wright and his very competent and helpful crew. Everyone worked together to get the cattle ready and display the equipment in the yard. The area where we collected the equipment for display was affectionately renamed “the Boneyard”. We had a lot of equipment and you can see some of it in the photo gallery following this post.
Our veterinarian completed the final herd health clinic and the auctioneer finalized the auction booklet. All the cattle were inoculated for shipping fever ensuring she would arrive at her new home healthy.
One of the jobs Daniel most enjoyed throughout his lifelong career as a dairy farmer was working with his cattle, particularly the young stock. He had a nice group of heifers year after year and this year was no exception. One selling point our auctioneer said several times was “Dan has managed this herd right up to the end like he’s going to continue dairy farming”. He never let the details of caring for the animals slip after he decided to have an auction.
Six weeks of preparations went into the big day. Farmers traveled to our dairy farm auction to bid on advertised farm items in the Boneyard, make cattle purchases and to spend the day socializing with friends and peers. Some even attend dairy farm auctions for the hamburger and french fry wagon. Whatever the reason, we had a beautiful blue sky day and good attendance.
Post Dairy Farm Auction
I’m regularly asked how I feel about being retired. Not much has changed for me. I’m working full-time in the sugarhouse. Producing and shipping maple syrup and products, doing the paperwork and setting up the Farm Fresh News calendar. The dairy farm auction really wasn’t about me.
Daniel, on the other hand, is enjoying activities that aren’t driven by time to complete. He keeps busy every day doing maintenance or facilitating some project. A first before snow flies, the wood is stacked in the woodshed. He’s been cleaning and organizing his workbenches in the tool shop. It turns out we have a lot of tools we didn’t know we owned. We cleaned out the barn closet and renamed it the “Activities Closet”. Gear for sailing, kayaking, hiking, and picknicking replaces barn and work attire.
One new hobby Daniel has discovered he enjoys is learning how to sail. We bought a second hand sailboat and a couple of sailing books. We’ve been out on the Missisquoi Bay twice as of this writing. Granted it was only in a mild wind, but we know quite a bit more about sailing.
We look forward to many adventures sailing around beautiful Lake Champlain.
Dairy Farm Auction Photo Gallery