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.
Like nearly every American family and business, Sawyer Land & Cattle is feeling the effects of Coronavirus. We are a fourth-generation farm family that raised crops and cattle in Central Kansas. The virus is nearby but not in the county - yet. However, the governor has officially closed all public K-12 schools for the remainder … Continue reading Farming in the Time of Coronavirus
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
For our first date, Derek and I met at a sandwich shop in downtown McPherson. I had walked over from work and Derek had just pulled into town after being on the road all morning. When I asked him what he had been doing he responded that he had been delivering bulls to the cows … Continue reading Making Babies (Calves, of course)
Yesterday the farmer hubs and I attended a bull sale in South-Central Nebraska. The hubs lives for these days. The sale catalogs for ranches start arriving around the first of the year and he’s like a kid digging through the Target toy catalogue before Christmas - making lists, comparing animals and deciding exactly what he … Continue reading Sale Day: Buying Bulls and Investing In Our Future
We keep our animals healthy and trust the companies producing the end products will likewise keep the beef fresh and safe for consumption. How do we know? Because federal inspectors are in processing facilities daily and put their seal of approval on nearly everything that goes out the door to the public.
Conveniences in food purchasing and preparation are leading to continued decline in connection to agriculture We Americans want it all. We want the big paychecks and the 40-hour work week. We want well behaved kids but don’t want to tell them no. We want big houses but little upkeep. And we want the trendiest, healthiest … Continue reading Distance Distorts Understanding
We survived the drought of 2011. The heat crippled our crops and stifled our pastures and the lack of rain dried the ground and depleted our ponds. We received some much-needed rain this spring but it seems the faucet has been turned off. We are in our third straight week of triple-digit temperatures and there … Continue reading Beating the Heat, Part 1