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'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!
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
Editor's Note: This is my weekly update on life on the farm amidst the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. When we wake up Monday morning we will be under a state-wide, stay-at-home order. Not much will change from our current routine, but things have certainly become more real, more sobering and more uncertain. The farm didn't stop … Continue reading Social Distancing on the Farm
I didn't grow up with pets. For a few years we had a goldfish that I'm pretty sure was actually a dozen different fish my parents rotated through after one died off or we starved it to death. We finally adopted a dog when I was in middle school and I remember being frustrated by … Continue reading The Value of Animals
Calving season at Sawyer Land & Cattle is often a lesson in genetics. While most of our new babies are black or black with white on its face, we occasionally get a surprise, or a calf that makes you question who the dad is. Like humans, cattle have dominate and recessive traits that determine hide … Continue reading Who’s Your Daddy? (Farm Style)
Sometimes talking about farming means talking about the weather. Because at the end of the day, a successful crop is dependent on plenty of sunshine, productive rains and consistent cycles of warm and cool temps. When a local reporter texted earlier this week to see if we want to talk about how happy we … Continue reading Mud, Mud Go Away
My farmer hubs proposed to me almost one year to the day after our first date. Whether he would admit it or not, I knew we would get married about six months in. I spent the next six months waiting for him to pop the question. After we were engaged my farmer explained that he … Continue reading The Seasons of Farming
Keeping our cows and calves safe and healthy in the cold and snow It's snowing AGAIN here at Sawyer Land & Cattle in Central Kansas. It's been years since we've dealt with this much snow in one winter, but Mother Nature has decided that we need to live like Canadians (no insult to those north … Continue reading The Winter That Won’t End