Bulls are the backbone of any cow herd and bad genetics or a faulty bull can mean open (non-pregnant) cows. Bulls are on the farm to breed cows and cows are on the farm to have calves. If one of those two things don't happen, you don't have a productive or profitable herd. Bulls are one of the biggest investments for any working ranch so getting the right guy is very important.
Like many big events, the Kansas Farm Bureau 2020 Annual Meeting is moving online. That's bad new for those of us who enjoy connecting with long-lost farm friends during the meeting. But it's good news for everyone who has wanted to - and tried - to attend the meting but can't seem to get away … Continue reading Kansas Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Goes Virtual – Join Us!
Politics isn't always fun or exciting or even that entertaining. But it's important and impactful and if we have learned anything from this pandemic, it's that elected officials, at all levels, play very important roles in our lives. Farmers and ranchers are especially impacted by the decisions at the local, state and federal level. From … Continue reading How To Be An Informed Voter
I've tried really hard during these past 10 weeks to document what I'm thankful for. It's a simple list I keep on my phone that I add to in the evening before I go to bed. It's an easy way to remind myself that despite our adverse conditions, I have A LOT to be thankful … Continue reading Week 10: So Much to Be Thankful For
The days run into weeks and the weeks into months. This morning I read a meme that reminded us that this was our 10th Monday in quarantine. Where has the time gone? And I don't say it in the dreamy, reminiscent tone. I say it in the 'I can't believe we are still doing this' … Continue reading Week 8 & 9: I’ve lost track
Moms often get the credit for multi-tasking and balancing work and family. And they should. I know tons of rock-star moms doing it all. But the picture above pretty well illustrates just how hard my husband has been working to care for both his farm and his children. We're on week 7 of our coronavirus … Continue reading Week 7: Dad Doing Work
Farm life has it's disadvantages. You're miles away from anything. You often work alone and the work doesn't stop at 5 p.m. or when the week is finished. But this week my husband and I both realized how wonderful all the hardships of farm life can be when you are living through a pandemic. While … Continue reading Week 6: The Perks of Farm Life
On Sunday morning our pastor gave a wonderful sermon about Jesus' instructions to help others - even the least of these. The poor, the helpless, the unemployed and the unfed, they all need help and it's through our service to them that we honor God. “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you … Continue reading Week 5: Becoming Helpers
Week 4 of our new normal and social distancing was capped off with Easter baskets and Evan's 7th birthday. Family Life Evan John is our oldest and our sweet, caring and studious child. He has a heart of gold, a memory like a steel trap and a love for the farm. After Easter sunrise service … Continue reading Week 4: Birthdays and Easter Bunnies
We've hit week 3 of this new lifestyle and routine. The boys are up each more (way earlier than I would like but that's beside the point), eat breakfast and are out the door to feed our small herd of bottle calves before making the rounds with Derek to check on all our momma and … Continue reading Week 3: The New Normal Amid COVID-19