We are constantly looking for ways to improve and 2020 was no exception. Despite this being the craziest year ever that included a pandemic raising livestock must go on. We took our normal steps this year but added a few more this fall that will help us work toward our beef cattle dreams. We decided … Continue reading Big Dreams Start with Small Steps
You might be thinking, has she lost her mind? I have indeed not lost my mind but have found the incredible value that crabgrass has to offer our farm. But first, a little history on crabgrass. In 1988, the first improved variety of forage crabgrass was released, better known as ‘Red River’ crabgrass. ‘Red River’ … Continue reading We Love Crabgrass
Recently, I posted about dung beetles on our Instagram and it made me think. This kind of information doesn't get posted enough. You know, the kind of information about what we do for animal health as well as soil/bug health in our pastures. If we are not thinking about feeding the soil (microbes, worms, dung … Continue reading Cow Poop & Soil Health
I have recently started producing educational videos for my job as a Livestock Extension Agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension. These short videos range from how to take a hay sample to Beef Quality Assurance topics. If you want a new channel to follow that not only includes livestock-related content but horticulture, foods/nutrition/cooking, 4-H, and field … Continue reading New! Educational YouTube Videos
Now that everyone's attention has been turned to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be wondering how do farms minimize animal health problems? What biosecurity practices are in place to reduce risk? Minimizing health problems is just as important in animals as it is in humans. As I type this, events are being canceled, schools are … Continue reading The Importance of Farm Biosecurity
It seems like every week a new restaurant chain, celebrity, or company has decided to announce some big change about animal agriculture (meat, dairy, etc.). Earlier this month, the Golden Globes decided to go meatless due to their concerns about climate change. More recently, Starbucks announced that they want to be more environmentally sustainable and … Continue reading Why Cows Are Sustainable After All
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family here at 3B Cattle Company to yours! We have had a blessed year with our family and friends as well as good cattle! We hope you enjoy this holiday season and are able to spend time with the people that mean the most to you. See … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
With Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow, I cannot help but feel very thankful. We have had a busy fall on the farm with new calves, good grass, rain, and a new hay shed (we lost ours to a bad storm this summer). As I reflect on the past couple of months, I thought I would share … Continue reading Thankful- Tales from an exciting calving season!
Raise your hand if you love an easy and nutritious meal that also makes good leftovers! Me too! Beef chili has quickly made its way up my favorite list of meals. I also love any recipe that I can put in the slow cooker and forget about until dinner time. Ground beef to me is … Continue reading Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili
Beef Calf Diet When beef calves are first born, their diet consists of their dam's (mother's) milk. Calves gradually start to explore (learning from their dam) and graze on forages as well as drink water. Beef calves typically grow on their dam's milk and forage only until they are weaned at 6-8 months of age. … Continue reading What Do Beef Cattle Eat?