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
When did it become acceptable for adults to name call and belittle people with opposing views? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, I follow politics and sports. But I never realized the level of hatred, immaturity and loathsome behavior some people are willing to stoop to over a simple disagreement in dietary choices.
These calves are not feeling so well. Given their young age, only a few days of sickness can lead to death. We pay close attention to all our animals and when a calf is showing signs of illness- like lowered ears (bottom picture) or scours (diarrhea in calves, top picture) - we give them a … Continue reading Antibiotics In Our Animals
Cows allow us to grow our herd and continue our dream of handing this farm and way of life on to our children.
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
Well, as it stands right now, I am a far cry from a real farm wife. I don't cook all that often, I don't do a lot of meal prep for the guys and I've been a little lazy on little things like making the bed, doing laundry in a timely fashion and keeping an organized house. But I'm aiming to change all of that.
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
A Facebook friend recently shared an article and questioned whether the study - and suggestions - cited by the author had any merit. It all sounded good - feeding cattle grass instead of grain would cut CO2 emissions and therefore help battle climate change. But pull back the layers and you will see a questionable … Continue reading Cow Emissions
As a farmer and rancher, I've listened a little closer than most to the dispute between Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government. The timeline is much longer than the nightly news has time for and the issues and players are more complex than what is often described. The Washington Post's Fix Blog … Continue reading Nevada’s Issues Could Hit Home
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.