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
Do you purchase your beef from the grocery store or direct from a beef cattle farm? Is one source better than another? Isn't it all the same beef? I am going to attempt to provide a little insight to beef purchasing in this blog post that can hopefully put your mind at rest. Myth: Beef … Continue reading Beef Purchasing Decisions
I cannot tell you how happy I am to see green grass! The pairs have officially been moved off of winter feeding ground and are grazing again. Spring is such an exciting time here at the farm. We will be weaning and processing (vaccinating, deworming, etc.) calves this weekend. Toro, our new Hereford bull was … Continue reading Spring at 3B Cattle Co!
I feel like if you ask any cattle producer what their number one priority is that they will respond with cattle care. We check our cattle every day to make sure they are doing well. It is important to us that they are healthy, comfortable, and have what they need. For the most part, we … Continue reading Cattle Care
Bulls are part of any cow-calf operation. Even if a farm chooses to use artificial insemination to breed their cows they will still have a "clean-up" bull on-site to breed any remaining open cows. What makes a good bull? How do you go about purchasing a bull? A lot depends on your farm's goals. A … Continue reading All About The Bull
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?
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
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
We hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend! We are thankful for those that serve or have served our country so we can do what we love! May for us means pregnancy checking. Yesterday, we had our veterinarian come out and palpate eight brood cows and three heifers to check for pregnancy … Continue reading Eleven