WELCOME TO OUR PAGE: BILL & SANDY PHIPPS
We purchased our 80 acres in 1990. Nothing was on this but perimeter fencing.
We brought with us one cat, a Golden Retriever (Buffy) and 13 Jersey Heifers and a few Holstein steers. We purchased a mobile home that was used, 14 x 52 and lived in for 10 yrs. We had no running water, so first thing to do was drill a well.
In October of 1990 Bill made a our first hay barn and then in November started on our level floor dairy barn...yeah STUPID a level floor! We had to squat to milk! Never build a new dairy barn with a level floor!
Our first heifers started freshening in April of 1990. And continued to grow until 6 years later we were squatting to milk 53 cows! Our morning milking about ran into night milking! We only brought 4 cows in at a time. We were exhausted! And ended up only getting 3 milking in 48 hours instead of 4 milkings!
One day a cow came in that I, Sandy, milked. She had a hard quarter and so I started hand stripping here. Now, remember I am squatting beside her. She started to get antsy and raised her leg up to warn me that it was hurting her to strip out that quarter...just as I thought she might kick, I stood up. Just in time, because she let my right knee have it, right in the side! Thank God I decided to stand up or she would of nailed me in the head!
Well, a couple hours later my knee swelled up and turned black and blue, time to head to doctors in 3 days. Turned out that she had torn all the So, in 2 months I had arthroscopic surgery and all the tendons and cartilage had to be removed. Took me about 2 months to recover and in the meantime we hired a contractor to start us a new 6 on a side pit parlor for milking. To make a long story short, the contractor ended up with all the money and left us holding a half finished dairy barn! We had to finish the barn ourselves. But now we have a very nice milking parlor and can, if needed, milk 12 cows at a time.
We bought our first horse, Billy Bob's Cool Million C in 1997 and she has been with us to this day. We found out about Curly Haired Missouri Fox Trotters in 2000 and made our first purchase of Sir Patrick's Maximum and his mom, Walker's Spook.
Now we own 23 horses! And the prettiest and most lovable horses around, the Curlies!
Curly haired horses are hypo-allergenic for those allergic to horse hair, but that is not why we bought one. We just love their personalities! They are the in your pocket type of horse. Very inquisitive and very gaited.
In 2000 we also built a Cedar Log Home that the Jersey Cows paid for and also built a nice horse barn for stalls and hay.
We just love our life, even though the weather can throw us a curve along with high feed prices, high hay prices and sometimes very low milk prices.
Update: July 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer..went thru 6 chemo treatments and 35 radiation treatments. In Sept of 2015 I got a all clear mammogram.. Thank God.
Bill and I have been married for 44 yrs. in 2015
May God Bless Each and Everyone of you.
Bill and Sandy Phipps 417-469-2230