Fall vaccination

The improvements made in animal health vaccines to prevent sickness have improved immensely over the years. One of our most effective practices to keep calves healthy is to give them  “booster” shots in the fall each year. Just like human vaccines some cattle vaccines need to be given more than once too. Some people call it pre-conditioning. Whatever you like to call it we believe it is an effective tool to increasing the health of our herd.  Some of our favorite products come from Zoetis https://www.zoetis.com/animal-health/farm-animal-health.aspx. Zoetis makes products to keep our animals from getting sick and products to treat them if they do become sick.

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Spring 2016: March in like a lamb or lion?

We’ve been keeping an eye on these girls the past week as we start the 2016 calving season off with heifers calving. We are not sure if March started like a lamb or lion. The wind blew on March 1st. Does that mean it was like a lion and it will go out like a lamb?

waiting for heifers to calve 2016

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A lot like Christmas

IMG_20151130_215454.jpgThese boys are seeing their first snow. Well at least their first since April when they were babies. It tallied up to about 4 inches to start off our December looking “a lot like Christmas”.

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Today he is loading cows  using his semi and cattle. He said he was setting up panels first.#Thankful for farm toys.IMG_20151121_090204215_HDR.jpg

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Toys

Here is a photo of our son’s toys, among it is his toy pickup and trailer.  We read that vegans want Wal-mart to stop selling livestock hauling toys. We are pretty sure that vegans are not buying much meat or toys anyway. But farmers and our families, you bet we do! Our kids enjoy playing with these toys and we enjoy moving our cattle around in  trucks and trailers that get them to where they are going as fast and safe as possible. Some people are going to find a problem with whatever we do with food animals because they want all animal use to go away. Guess what we are not aiming to please these kind of people anyway we are here to  please our customers and take care of our food animals the best that we can. We are going to teach our kids the same values we learned as kids too. If Wal-mart gives into nonsense pressure from vegan groups we will make our own toys like the barn in the background made by a very loving grandfather. He also cared for his cattle the same way his grandson will. Adversity has never stopped American agriculture and groups pressuring retailers are not going to either.14478840750591778641986

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Range Land Monitoring

Pasture Monitoring

Excuse the lack of posting in our blog, too much to do and not enough daylight! I’ve been at the computer a lot today posting photos and information on the Land EKG website.

The what site? You might ask.

Let me explain the photo and the concept here. Land monitoring is a system to help us measure the health of our pastures. It helps us with the long term sustainability of our grassland ecosystem. The first EKG workshop I attended taught me that we are sunshine farmers. We harvest the grass made from sunshine. It is amazing what healthy land produces and amazing how quickly it is damaged when not properly managed.

The photo is a hoop from one of our Land EKG monitoring sites. We go back to this same site annually and take a snap shot, over time it evolves into a report that gives us precipitation, grazing and the rest history of the land. We use it to determine stocking rates and grazing intensity for the year ahead For us monitoring is a annual measurement of the health of our pasture and range land. Check out http://www.landekg.com/ for additional information.

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Springtime photos

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Newest addition to the ranch is Bear. He is a Border Collie and is a joy to watch his interest in herding cattle. The kids say he does 0 to 60 in .2 seconds! The other 2 photos are checking cattle on a sunny afternoon and feeding first calf heifers in the feed bunks.

Newest addition to the ranch is Bear. He is a Border Collie and is a joy to watch his interest in herding cattle. The kids say he does 0 to 60 in .2 seconds! The other 2 photos are checking cattle on a sunny afternoon and feeding first calf heifers in the feed bunks.

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