Farmers use a variety of tools each year to help grow an abundant crop. Have you ever wondered just what exactly farmers are putting in the ground and why they are using these substances? I'll try to shed some light on what actually goes on out in our fields. After reading this, I hope you … Continue reading Farming With Fertilizers
The baby calves were dry and cozy today as their moms ate some hay and silage in the rain.
Does my beef have hormones in it? Yes, it sure does. And do you know what else has hormones in it? Everything that grows. Meat from animals and plant foods all have hormones in them. Salt is the only food we consume that does not have hormones in it. So, yes, the beef that we … Continue reading Hormones in Beef
Recent wildfires have completely devastated farms and ranches in areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Farmers have watched their entire life's work go up in flames. Some farmers even lost their lives trying to save their livestock. In the midst of this horrific event, something else has been spreading like wildfire . . . support, … Continue reading Spreading Like Wildfire
A week ago today, we were doing field work and the very next day we were pushing snow. I'm not sure who is more confused with this winter's weather . . . our cattle or our kids. One day my kids are able to go with jackets only and the very next day their mean … Continue reading This Week in Pictures
Hearing the words, "Honey . . . I'm going to the field," bring on much different emotions now that I'm a mom of three littles. Before kids, when it was time to go to the field, I was behind the wheel of the tractor helping with the task at hand. But now, with three kids … Continue reading Honey . . . I’m going to the field.
When you raise livestock, the circle of life is always in front of you. Calving season in particular brings the miracle of birth and the reality of death front and center. Unfortunately, the past week has been a little heavy on the latter. If you remember, a few posts back, I wrote about a heifer … Continue reading Life Lessons on the Farm
One of the misconceptions about confinement hog barns is that the animals cannot move around and their environment is inhumane. Pigs, much like humans, naturally want to be close to other pigs. Even though the piglets in our barn have plenty of room to move about in their pins, you can see in the picture … Continue reading Confined Spaces
Generally speaking, farmers are uneducated. And yet they are the most brilliant people I know. (Someday, I'll talk about how stubborn they are too.) If you were to ask the average farmer what their highest level of education is, they would most likely check the box that says "high school education." It is a bit … Continue reading Uneducated & Brilliant
We welcomed 400 piglets to our farm tonight. These little fellas came from a nursery in Arkansas and weigh about thirteen pounds. They will live in our hog confinement barn until they reach market weight in about five months. This video shows the piglets coming off of the semi trailer. Here the pigs are checking … Continue reading Your Future Bacon