Ranchers Work to Keep Livestock Safe As Fire Rips Through Ranches We have a few hundred cows, calves and steers on our farm and on pastures across the state. My husband is responsible for the well-being of ALL of them, 365 days a year, rain or shine, holiday or weekday. When snow falls or the rains … Continue reading #AnimalCare
I never aspired to be a farm wife. I just wanted to live in the city, raise my 2.5 kids and navigate a successful yet fulfilling career in the public relation industry with a husband that wore a suit and was home at 5:15 every evening. Then I met my farmer — now my husband — and that all … Continue reading On Being A Farm Wife
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
We often schedule tours of our farm and cattle but occasionally we get requests to show someone around, with only a moment's notice. Today we had such a request and of course, we obliged. A California native and national speaker was in the area and wanted to see a farm, first-hand. So, he hoped in the … Continue reading Impromptu Advocating
Antibiotic use in animals has again made headlines as another national restaurant chain announces plans to move to serving only antibiotic-free animal products. The change was the result of pressure from outside lobbyist organizations with a mission to discontinue the use of all antibiotics in animals. What’s disappointing is the restaurant chain’s lack of attention … Continue reading The Only Option is to Help
With all of the recent bad publicity, it seems the company was looking for a quick and easy PR move to regain customers and positive press (Click HERE for a look inside the rise and fall of Subway) when it announced Wednesday that it would begin serving products only from animals never treated with antibiotics. The publicity stunt is a slap in the face to the hardworking farmers and ranchers who produce safe, affordable and antibiotic-free products everyday and the reason I will now be saying no to Subway.
According to the Weather.com app on my phone, it’s 102 degrees F on our farm and feels like 108 degrees F. That’s hot by anyone’s standards and when it comes after almost a week of 90-plus-degree days, the app should just state “oven-like conditions outside.” In addition to our Angus cow herd, we raise crops … Continue reading Summer Heat Makes Winter Feed
Approximately 60 percent of students on campus are athletes, which means quality food and proper nutrition is essential. Steak is a great component of a healthy, balanced diet providing 10 essential vitamins and minerals - Iron, Choline, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin B6 and B12, Zinc, Phosphorus, Niacin and Riboflavin.
Even as the technology, the markets and the crops we grow change, one thing will remain the same: The passion to work with the land, grow products to feed and power the world and raise a family on the same land as the generation before.
A recent KansasAgLand article by Amy Bickel showcases Evansville, a little known Kansas ghost town, but a ranch and family near and dear to our farm. For years, my husband has purchased cattle from the Merrill Ranch, which sits on the site of Evansville. I've been fortunate enough to make a few trips to the ranch … Continue reading Ghost Towns and Cow Tales