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?
Grilling may seem a bit daunting to a beginner and it really shouldn't be! I fell into the "too scared to grill" category not that long ago (like a few months ago). In fact, I was downright afraid of the entire process but what really got me was the open flame. I finally decided that … Continue reading Grilling Made Easy
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
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
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
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!