Showing posts from April, 2013

No Words Wednesday

I am going to start a "No Words Wednesday".  It will just consist of pictures due to the fact I think pictures speak words I sometimes can not express.  I hope you will join along. 

Spring County Show 2013!

Monday, the 15th, was our county show!  We pulled in and the butterflies started overcoming my stomach!  Our county show is pretty simple: skill-a-thon, food, showmanship, and then the show!  We did our skill-a-thon in the public high school then we came out for burgers and drinks. Then I got NERVOUS! Showmanship time!  Where it's all about you and how you handle your animal! It went pretty smooth, the judge said we were so good so she made us switch calves!  Scary!  I got the lead calf and the one I thought was crazy!  Needless to say I was wrong!  I ended up winning showmanship.  When she came and shook my hand I could finally breathe!  Then was the commercial show with Friendly, she won Reserve behind the calf that I got switched to in Showmanship.  And finally the show!  Let's skip all the classes, I won the Simmental show. Then Supreme...the Judge Sarah Orr said it was a tough call but she picked my heifer Batman formally known as 'Danni'.
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Suppport is beautiful

A friend of mine, a BEEF friend, read something I put on Facebook and decided she loved it, so she wrote a blog which can be read here:  Mal The Beef Gal. The things I love about my BEEF friends are that no matter how far we live from each other we share so much and we are always there for one another. Whether it be moral support or knowledge about the industry, or simply life, you can always count on them!  Malorie and I have only met twice. The first was at the National Beef Ambassadors in California and she was "in charge".  At the contest she was in charge of the Junior contestant room.  She calmed us down before our consumer demos and interviews and gave us simple pointers. She was our mentor during the whole contest and she helped me more than she realizes! The second time I saw Malorie was at the NCBA (National Cattlemen's Beef Association) Convention in Tampa, Florida in front of the bathrooms.  We chatted about shrinky dink cattle jewelry and cattle of course!  …

Good Friends and First Places

This weekend was the Cherokee Beef Clinic and Show in Athens, TN.  The Clinic consisted of tips on grooming, feeding and knowledge of your heifer or steer.  After the clinic the show began! It started with senior level 2 showmanship, 11th and 12th grade, and concluded with the junior's, 4th and 5th grade. After showmanship, was the steer(castrated male), commercial(No papers stating lineage) and registered (Papers, registered with breed association) show.  My commercial heifer, Friendly,  finished her FIRST show with a first place in her class! Simmental Cattle, the breed I show, was the last division of the day.  I just love ABC order, always putting my breed last! I brought three Simmental heifers down: Dreamy, Danni (Batman), and Savy. My heifers did wonderful and we walked out with Grand Champion Simmental Heifer. When  I was not in the ring I was talking and catching up with my BEEF friends.

What a day!!!!!! I love it!!!

Hey ya'll, Just wanted to tell you about my morning.  I just carried a calf from the barn to its momma, which I couldn't find at first. First I had to catch the durn thing, then I rolled under fences (tore my pants), got lit on fire by the electric fence, slipped and busted my face, stood on the hill yelling "whose calf is this" "Twin Momma", and there she came walking up with her other calf! Ah, I think I shall call it a day. Oh wait, I can't I live on a farm!

"Rain is a Good Thing"

Luke Bryan says "Rain is a good thing"! I am starting to question that! We have been having a LOT of rain here lately. My mud boots are getting a lot of use; the ground has taken in all the water it can! The ponds are running over and the cow’s feet are muddy! They stay in the barn and eat all day! Although, I am not loving this rain I do realize the benefits of this downpour! The first is our ponds and water reserves are filling up so if we do have a dry summer then we won’t have to haul water like my grandfather did a couple years ago! The second is our grass is growing! During summer we cut hay and put it up for the cows to eat during the winter or on a rainy day like today. If we were to have a lack of rain right when our grass and crops needed it we could have a shortage which in turn would make us either buy from other more fortunate farmers or use up all emergency resources. 

Almost time for a new season of Cattle Shows

I have shown cattle for as long as I can remember!! My dad used to show and so did my grandfather.  I pretty much show almost year round now, but earlier on I primarily showed at county shows and fairs.   As soon as the weather starts warming up I start getting the feeling!! WHAT FEELING you might ask?   The excitement of showing your new animals, seeing old friends, and helping younger showman learn the art. 

I also love to see a hard days work turn into a good rest!!!  lol

Learning-- Sometimes the hard way!

I love to learn!   I try to learn something new everyday.  Sometimes I have to learn things that scare me or make me wonder if I can even do them.  For instance, the times I had to learn to drive a bobcat, backhoe, and tractor.   Even though I was nervous about learning to drive those machines, once I had learned I was empowered and felt a huge sense of accomplishment.  You see, you really can learn anything once you put your mind to it.  I think growing up on a farm has really fostered my desire to learn as much as I can.   Everyday I am presented with challenges that I have to figure out on my own.  For instance, right now I have over 200 chickens.  What once was a small 4-H project has turned into a major job for me.   A few years ago we decided to let our chickens free range and one fateful day we turned them all loose from the run.   It was exciting.  They couldn't move quick enough to get out and find new bugs and worms to eat.   Since then, they have layed thousands of eggs…

AI Training

I've been waiting for this day for a VERY long time! The Select Sires truck had 3 things for me! Two bull's semen and an AI kit! I recently got AI certified. I am so excited to be able to do this on my farm and I am very thankful that my pop bought me all the supplies I need. 
AI stands for Artificial Insemination. On my farm, I am going to AI first time heifers (heifers that haven't been bred or calved before). I will do this for many reasons. The main reason I will AI first time heifers is so the cow has a calf with a low birth weight. If a first time heifer gives birth to a calf that is too big one of three things can happen: if not caught it could stay in her and kill her, we would perform a C-Section, or we would pull the calf using leg chains hooked onto the baby. None of  these are good things!  So I will use AI to lessen those happening.
The second reason I will use Artificial Insemination would be if I had a phenonmal cow/heifer on the farm and found a bull tha…