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
If you watched the video I posted last week of the calf being born (Labor & delivery . . . on the farm), you might be curious to know how that calf is doing by now. She is now at one of our other farms with the rest of the cow/calf pairs and is doing … Continue reading Calving Update
People often see the high dollar equipment that farmers have, the number of acres they farm, the size of their sheds or grain bin systems and think they must be rich. It's understandable that you would think that. After all, none of us can fully know something if we're not involved with it or experienced … Continue reading Farmers Are Rich
Today was a great day on the Blomme farm. It was over 70 degrees . . . in February . . . in Iowa. We successfully pulled a healthy calf and even caught it on video to boot. Here is some footage of my father-in-law and husband pulling the calf from this heifer (first time … Continue reading Labor & delivery . . . on the farm
In honor of Presidents' Day, here are some quotes from past presidents about agriculture that are still so relevant today. God bless the USA and the farmers that provide for us all. "You know, I’ve always thought that when we Americans get up in the morning, when we see bacon, eggs, toast, and milk on … Continue reading Presidents’ Day
This video is from our hog confinement barn tonight. I think you'll find this footage quite . . . well . . . boring. Nothing like the image that some individuals and organizations portray or want you to believe of hog confinement barns. This video does not show any pigs being beaten. No one is … Continue reading Not-so-shocking
Calving season has begun on the Blomme Farm! The combination of new life and the abnormally warm weather we are having makes it feel like spring is right around the corner. The picture above shows the first two calves of the season which were born three days ago. This little red head, pictured above, was … Continue reading Calving season has begun!
You may have celebrated Valentine's Day with a juicy steak this evening. I know that's the way to this farm girl's heart. Let's talk about the steps involved in getting that steak from our farm to your table. Today we sold a couple of loads of Holsteins. They were hauled to a JBS processing plant … Continue reading The way to the heart is through the stomach.