An inside look at mother cows and their calves - and another reminder that mothers rock!
The tractors are safety stored away in the barn and the cows are munching away on veggies and corn stocks but that hasn't allowed farmer hubs any downtime. The new year marks the official start of calving season for Sawyer Land & Cattle. Like most years, we've had a few momma cows jump the gun … Continue reading Calving season is here!
When Derek and I were newly married, I accompanied him to the sale barn. He was selling some cow-calf pairs and then a lone calf that has lost its mother. I hated to see the calf sold so I made a deal with Derek that if it didn't bring more than $200, I was going … Continue reading Generations of Good Genes
I ask a lot of questions - always have. It's what lead me to pursue a career in journalism since the most important trait of a good journalist is the ability to ask questions. When I started dating my husband, the questions only seemed to increase - there was so much to learn, so much to … Continue reading Cow Facts – For The Fun of It
With spring around the corner, our animals will soon be leaving our farm and heading to green pastures throughout the Kansas Flint Hills. Our animals change locations and food sources throughout the year for good reason. Read through my life cycle of a cow to learn why.
Calving season is in full swing! We welcome a handful of new calves each day and with a 7-day forecast of warm temps and clear skies, I'm predicting plenty of action in the calving barn. There is a lot that goes into welcoming a new calf to the world and ensuring it remains healthy. We … Continue reading Cows In The Yard
Yes, I know. This time of year is supposed to be spent in reflection and looking back at the year that was. That's all well and good but I have never been a terribly nostalgic person, preferring instead to look ahead at the future and all it's possibilities. So with Christmas wrapped and 2014 right … Continue reading Top 10 for 2014
The Sawyer Farm has considerably fewer mouths to feed this Memorial Day weekend as a majority of our cattle have been moved to pasture ground in the state’s gorgeous Flint Hills region. The cattle will spend about five months grazing green grass before returning to our farm in the fall. During their time at … Continue reading Preparation Makes Perfect
As snow fell again last weekend, the Sawyer Land & Cattle family looked longingly to the end of March and the start of April, with hopes of spring temperatures, dry ground and plenty to get done in the next four weeks. April is, by far, the busiest month of the year on our farm. In … Continue reading Looking Ahead to April
On a daily basis, I read posts from Facebook friends caring for their sick children, spouses and pets. The recent winter weather hasn't helped anyone's health - including our calves. The temperature fluctuations, snow, wind and cold nights have weakened our herds' immune system. Many animals have remained happy and healthy through all of the … Continue reading Maintaining Calf Health