Have you ever had major anxiety before working cattle? I am talking can't sleep, stomach hurts, mind is racing kind of anxiety? Well, I have. Before learning about low-stress cattle handling, it was an ordeal to work cattle. I usually worked cattle with my dad and husband and there were times where they dreaded it … Continue reading Why Low-Stress Cattle Handling?
Where did July go? I cannot believe it is already the first of August! August makes me so happy because it is my birthday month and a transition month for work AND...we are closer to the fall season! Fall season=calves, cooler weather, more grass, you get the idea! I wanted to start out and give … Continue reading Progress
The past few days have been an emotional roller coaster for our family. Just when you think you can handle the hard truth about owning animals, you realize you can't because they are family and it is just hard when they get old. Our farm dog and sweetest family member Tipper is 15+ years old … Continue reading The BEST Farm Dog Ever.
Did you know that water is the most important nutrient for beef cattle? Cattle must consume high quality water each day to remain in good health. As you can imagine, providing water year round can be quite the chore, from cleaning water tanks to thawing frozen water in the winter. For several years now we … Continue reading High Quality H2O
Calving time is definitely the most exciting time on the farm each year. Not far behind that is weaning and selling time. That is when we can really see how well the calves are performing and more what they will look like as mature cattle. I get excited about what their future holds. Some calves … Continue reading From Newborn to Weanling
We have been so busy on the farm lately! This is the time of year when calves are weaned and sold, cattle are grazing, cows are pregnancy checked, and so so much more. This past weekend we gave the calves a second round of vaccinations (to boost their immune response), checked their weight (to see … Continue reading #farmlife
May is National (and North Carolina) Beef Month! How are you going to be celebrating? I know for my family we are going to eat beef and lots of it! Now that the weather is warm we are firing up the grill each week with hamburgers and steak. I still love a good slow cooker … Continue reading May is National Beef Month!
The herd made their way back over to the land of green about a week ago. The photo above shows what everyone did as soon as they crossed back over to the "old" side of the farm. They have been wintering on the "new" side of the farm where we are working to clear land … Continue reading Working Calves
It is almost April and we just received snow just a few days ago. I think everyone is ready for winter to be over and spring to really arrive. The pastures are coming in really well and will grow more once the temperatures can remain warm. The cows have spent the winter on the "new" … Continue reading Wrapping Up Winter
This year has been exciting and full of firsts for us! Payton was born in March and she is the first grandchild born on Lauren's side of the family (and the 8th born on Ryan's side). HelenAnn also moved back home from Missouri! It has been exciting to have her back in NC (she had … Continue reading Goodbye 2017!