Watching grown men chase two month old calves really is a site to see and understanding the logic and reasoning behind how they go about sorting their animals is something I have not yet grasped. I'm not going to lie, I really don't know what they are doing half the time.
Most often, traits are heightened through a register herd to improve the overall genetic quality in a commercial herd.
It was one year ago this week that we received the news that our boys would not be returning to school after spring break. The news was life-altering and sobering and was the first of many "endings" we experienced as a result of COVID-19.
It's Sunday afternoon and we've done all we can do. The farmer hubs and my oldest made one last pass through the pasture to check for any new calves. The bunk is full of food and we've got our eye on the weather. Bring on the storm - or better yet - send it somewhere else!
We're mere days away from 2021 - the new year is in sight. And while we're all cautiously optimistic, us in the ag industry remember how excited we were for 2019 to be done and 2020 to arrive. Oh, what little we knew. We are fortunate though - our family started the year on the … Continue reading 2020, in Hindsight
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