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
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
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!
Each year for the past 4 years, we have had one steer processed to provide our family with healthy and nutritious beef. Choosing to finish a steer for our own beef was an easy decision. We enjoy eating ground beef, steaks, roasts, and other cuts throughout the year and thought, how awesome would it be … Continue reading Beef is Nutritious
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?
Where did July go? I cannot believe it is already the first of August! August makes me so happy because it is my birthday month and a transition month for work AND...we are closer to the fall season! Fall season=calves, cooler weather, more grass, you get the idea! I wanted to start out and give … Continue reading Progress