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
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
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!
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?
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
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
I once had a professor that said there is nothing more beautiful than a newborn baby calf and I think he was right. There is just something about going out to check cows and finding a newborn calf that is so exciting. It is God's work and our hands taking care of the cattle … Continue reading Calving Season is Among Us!