Wildfires Devastating Western States Ranchers

During the summer of 2015, weather in the Northwest U.S. has been dominated by fire season. While the eastern half of the country experienced a wet and cold winter this year, we were well above average on temperatures and dry during a season when most of our annual moisture arrives in the form of snow … Continue reading Wildfires Devastating Western States Ranchers

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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), … Continue reading Breeding Season coming to a close

Photo Friday: Green grass and happy cows

It's taken all summer, but we finally have some mud in the pasture. The grass is bright green, and the cows are happy. It doesn't take long to remember the drought that encompasses so much of the country though. I'm in Arkansas today and seeing first-hand the worst of the drought in the cattle pasture. … Continue reading Photo Friday: Green grass and happy cows

Arkansas Drought forcing ranchers to sell off cattle

As the drought conditions in Arkansas continue to worsen, farmers and ranchers watch their fields turn brown and water sources shrink. A few weeks ago, I shared a few photos from my family's fields on CNN. Despite more numerous spotty showers, this week's drought monitor update shows the drought only intensifying in Arkansas and across … Continue reading Arkansas Drought forcing ranchers to sell off cattle

CNN covers impact of drought through farmers’ voices

  Agriculture has had it rough in the eyes of the media during the past few years. With groups like PeTA and HSUS drumming up emotional topics and images with poultry and pork farming, it has been tough for farmers to get a positive voice in the conversation. Earlier this year, ABC News really hashed … Continue reading CNN covers impact of drought through farmers’ voices

Youth Livestock Skills Competition

Earlier this week I told ya about all of the fun we had in the show ring at the Tennessee Junior Livestock Expo, but there was another competition at the event. Raising and showing livestock involves many more skills outside of the show ring. This includes subjects like health, nutrition, handling, and of course knowing … Continue reading Youth Livestock Skills Competition