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
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
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!
Did you know that the average American is at least three generations removed from the farm? With such a disconnect between farmers and consumers, it is important that we (farmers, educators, industry) educate the public about how our food is grown and raised. Not only do I teach producers how to raise livestock through my … Continue reading Beef Education
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!
Winter. We are in the thick of winter. It is cold, windy, wet, and really no fun is being had on the farm, unless you are the bull. Despite all the negatives, we are very fortunate in North Carolina because generally we do not see harsh winters like other states do. It may get down … Continue reading Winter on the Farm
From our family to yours, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year! We have been very busy with various farm projects and holiday gatherings lately...it is hard to believe the year is almost over. Our family also lost a very special lady over the holidays, my MeeMaw … Continue reading Merry Christmas & Happy New Year