Fall is my favorite time of year! Our cows are due to calve any day now and I cannot wait to see what our calf crop looks like for 2016! We are expecting eight calves: three Hereford x Black Angus calves, one purebred registered Black Angus calf, and four commercial Black Angus calves. The calf in the photo is from last year’s calf crop. Our ear tagging system is super easy and helps us keep track of the year born and birth order. This calf was a bull calf from one our Hereford cows and he was the 6th calf born out of the 2015 crop. All of the 2016 ear tags have been made and are ready for their calf assignments! Stay tuned…I will post once calving starts! 🙂
Another of my fall favorites is the annual Farm to Table event at Cedarock Park. I have been teaching at this event for several years now and my station is all about beef! Over two days, we will see about 800 4th graders and teach them all about agriculture! I partner with the NC Cattlemen’s Association to bring exciting materials and visual aids to the students each year. Our event is September 20-21 this year and I hope it brings more fall- like weather with it!
Lastly, I love the NC State Fair. I grew up showing dairy cattle at the NC State Fair which involved sleeping in the Jim Graham Building, late nights, early mornings, naps with my cows, and so much more! The fair floods me with so many memories. When I was at NCSU for my undergrad, I was involved with the Animal Science Club and showed a Hereford heifer, helped with the milking booth, and took care of the animals in the animal ark. My husband and I were also involved with the NCSU Pack Pullers in the antique farm equipment building. We also attended some of our favorite concerts at the fair- Jason Michael Carroll and Eric Church. My involvement has continued through my professional career as both a 4-H Extension Agent and a Livestock Extension Agent. If you walk throughout the NC State Fair you will notice hay bales decorated by 4-H members from all across the state. One year, my group of 4-H’ers from Pender County decorated a hay bale and we had a blast doing it!
I also encouraged 4-H’ers to enter their arts and crafts for prizes at the fair! If you go to the NC State Fair, make sure you take a look at the 4-H exhibits, arts, and crafts- it is a must see (located in the building where the flea market takes place, close to Blue Ridge Rd.). Each year there is a Youth Market Turkey Show where youth showcase their turkey project for the year and compete for prizes and scholarship money. For several years, I have been involved in the turkey projects and they are quite fun! In addition to everything I mentioned, I have been involved in other various aspects of the NC State Fair and hope to try something new this year with the forage contest! Hopefully, you will get a chance to visit the fair in Raleigh during October 13-23, 2016! I am already looking forward to the corn on the cob, livestock shows, horse shows, 4-H exhibits, and catching up with friends!
Come on fall, I am ready for you and your cooler temperatures! Pumpkin spice anyone?