For everyone who believes cows should only exist on pastures of green grass and far away from feedlots and barns, let me introduce you to our calving barn. On a Saturday night - after enjoying dinner with fellow farming friends - the hubs and I stopped in to check on our heifers. These ladies are … Continue reading Why yes, we put our cows in barns
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
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!
The waiting game is over, for me at least. Our new bundle of joy, Owen Douglas, arrived Tuesday (Jan. 5) and is a healthy and happy baby boy. He hasn't met much of the outside world yet given its been at or below freezing since his arrival and well, no need to venture out when … Continue reading New Additions
My husband and I are in a perpetual state of waiting. On a baby, on calves and on the unofficial start to winter on our farm. With the fall crops harvested, wheat dormant for the winter and equipment tucked away from the elements, my husband now spends his days preparing for the arrival of several … Continue reading The Waiting Game
My husband could spend all day watching his momma cows graze on green Kansas Flint Hills grass while the calves run and play at their mothers' feet. He has raised cattle most of his life and each year improving his end product. Raising cattle is expensive, time-consuming work. They need fed twice a day, every day of … Continue reading How We Raise Great Beef
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
Owning animals - specifically cattle - completely changes the meaning of a snow day. For most, snow is a welcomed sight as it means a day at home - away from the office or classroom - in their sweats enjoying daytime television and a warm fire. But for cattle owners, snow days are some of … Continue reading Snow Days