Written by Annie A-W
With the sights and sounds of autumn — we work near the Mississippi Flyway, so geese, ducks, and Sand Hill cranes, are overhead daily – there are changes in the staff hours at Dairy Train. The phone still gets answered from dawn to dusk on weekdays (and some weekend days, too!) but the person answering the phone might not be the same from day to day. Call us at 608-539-2044 — somebody will answer the phone!!
School starts this week or next for Suzanne, Annie, Donna, and Cole. Suzanne is almost finished with her college degree; this will be her last semester (Whoo-Hoo!) Cole is a full-time student, and this year, his grade is the oldest (and wisest?) in the building! Annie is a part-time college instructor, and teaches over the distance-learning networks in western Wisconsin. Donna is a full-time grandma, and school means a daily job of putting one of her grandsons on the bus, and meeting him when the bus brings him home!
The coming cold weather means that Mark is preparing to move his job from the barn, with a pen-on-paper inventory, to the house and the chore of updating the inventory on the computer.
The computers share space with Suzanne’s dogs – and the big table where we work does its daily duty as the lunch room/conference table on work days!
Autumn brings a sense of completion, too — even while we all prepare for a new chapter or a new class. This summer, we completed photographs and descriptions for items that have gathered dust and swallow-droppings for too many years. The new website www.dairytrain.comis up and running, and we add new items every day – from our own stock, and from the dealers and dairymen and women who are our customers. The new business, giving you the opportunity to write your own web ad, is www.dairytrainclassifieds.com. It attracts more and more buyers and sellers – especially since we appeared at Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days in Plover (near Stevens Point) a few weeks ago! That event attracted 46,000 visitors to the 60-acre grounds, and Dairy Train and Dairy Smarter (hose trees, you know) handed out phone number magnets and an opportunity to guess the identity of some of our antique items. It was a great summer! We learned a lot, we sold a lot, we helped dairies get outfitted, and we helped cows get milked!
Dairy Train offers delivery of new, used, and hard-to-find dairy equipment (and some goat milking equipment!). We want to be the first place you think of as you clean the barn, upgrade the parlor, or need a spare part! The second half of the year promises to be a good one for all of us.