Category: Tennessee

Does Feeding Pregnant Cows Impact Profitability Through Calf Finishing?

Farmers and ranchers love feeding their cattle. There’s just something about going out to the field and emptying a bag of cubes or dropping off a few more protein tubs. This is especially true for livestock producers in the Southeastern U.S. with smaller herds. But does that extra feed pay off in the long run? […]

Tennessee Animal Cruelty Prevention Act Heating Up

Updated: The bill was vetoed by Tenn. Governor Haslam on Monday, May 13. Story from the Tennessean here.¬†Haslam’s statement can be seen in this piece from the Knoxville News¬†Sentinel. A follow-up to a previous post regarding the heated “Ag gag” bills/laws across the country. The controversy over so-called ‘Ag gag’ bills has heated up in […]

Angus Association visits me in Tennessee [Video]

The American Angus Association is one of the largest organizations within the cattle industry and does a great job showcasing the hard-working cattle producers across the country. Along with numerous print publications, the Angus folks have a great online presence. Their YouTube channel is full of videos featuring great news and information for cattle farmers […]

Social Agriculture: Social Media’s Role in Agriculture [Video]

Video of our panel at the 2013 American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Nashville, TN. Related articles Social Agriculture – What Is It? (farmbureau.wordpress.com) Ag Social Media ‘Rock Stars’ Encourage Farmers, Ranchers (farmbureau.wordpress.com) Annual Farm Bureau Meeting an Encouragement to First Time Attendees (agricultureproud.com)

A look at the Tennessee Tobacco fields

Have I mentioned that tobacco is a new crop to me since moving to Tennessee? Pretty sure I was one of the “new” folks wondering why that barn was smoking! Tobacco is still a big crop in Tennessee; both burley and dark fire are grown across North Central and Eastern parts of the state. This […]

Cow giving birth to twins [Video]

Calving is my favorite event to occur in ranch life. No doubt about it. I’ve written about the good and bad during calving season. There’s nothing that compares for me. That probably has something to do with how I ended up going to college studying Reproduction Physiology. I found this video of a cow giving […]

Thankful Thursday: Field Trip to the Sheep Barn

College kids take field trips too. Although this one was quite a short trip. I had the opportunity to play shuttle driver for the lab sections of the Introduction to Animal Science class. We went to the University farm just outside of town to learn about sheep farming. These students are mostly Freshmen, and many […]

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. […]

Effects of 2012 drought on corn after the rain

Can you believe we’re already on the second week of August? Classes for kids here in Tennessee have already begun and my University classes start in a few short weeks. But for now, I’m actually headed home to Arkansas for a few days. I’ll get a hands-on look at some of the worst drought seen […]

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 […]

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