Category: Day in Farm Life

Breeding Season coming to a close

Earlier this week, I was busy in the barn at one of our farms despite the humidity and rain. We were working cattle and pulling bulls from the cow herds. The calves were receiving their first round of vaccinations (2 shots – one to protect against 7 different Clostridiums and Pinkeye, another for Respiratory diseases), […]

Winter Farm Chores: Not always time off for farmers

Winter does not┬ánecessarily┬ámean time off for farmers and ranchers across the country. Although, I do take advantage of the longer hours of dark to catch up on some of my favorite reading. The hay may be in the barn and the crops may be out of the fields, but there are still plenty of chores […]

Guest Post: Custom Wheat Harvesting

Wheat harvest has completed here on the farm in Middle Tennessee. The wheat seeds are harvested and the straw has been baled for winter bedding in the bull barns (More on this tomorrow). But how was it harvested and where did all of the equipment go? Across much of the country, row crops like wheat […]

Why I Occupy My Food Supply

When was the last time you walked down the grocery aisle and looked at food labels. I bet you probably look at the Nutritional Facts and maybe a few flashy labels for the latest trending buzz word. But have you looked at the manufacturer information on the label? Or even the country of origin label? […]

Visit from a Non-Farmer for a Day

How would I work differently if a non-farmer/rancher followed me around on the farm for a day? Well, my first impulse is to say I would not do anything differently, but every time someone visits the house I make sure the house is picked up, the dishes are done, and the dirty clothes are stashed […]

Photo Friday: Weaning Calves on the Ranch

Another one of my favorite seasons in ranch life: Weaning Time! Besides the fact that I have 85 cows standing outside my house bawling for their calves, it is perfect weather to open the windows and let the fresh air in. Mornings this week have been dropping down into the mid-40s and low-50s; perfect weather […]

Wordless (Wordy) Wednesday: Pregnancy Checking Heifers

My dad is in the cattle marketing business. Sometimes this means he’ll act as a cattle broker and help other producers find/sell quality cattle. We’ll often do this to help keep high quality cattle in our neck of the woods and it’s a win-win for everyone. Last week we had 70 head of heifers changing […]

Day In Farm Life: Off-Farm Perspective

As a part of my Day In Farm Life Series, I’ve been sharing thoughts from individual farmers. However, there’s so much more behind-the-scenes work that is done to convey the message to consumers. Madeline McCurry-Schmidt is a journalist for a group of scientists and researchers that promotes livestock and meat science. These peer-reviewed studies provide […]

Day in Farm Life: Central Nebraska

As part of my Day in Farm Life Series, today Bobbi Lorenz from Nebraska shares a bit about her life. Bobbi and her husband Mark are Nebraska ranchers raising cattle, corn, and hay. Be sure to read the entire post. Bobbi does a great job of sharing how tough some days can be while caring […]

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