Showing posts from 2014

Rock or Horse Turd?

I'm getting a new show barn!  There are 8 pens but we are only going to use 4....for now!

Today We Got Stuff Done

Savvy had a calf last night!  Pop called me this morning to tell me I had a calf to tag, at the time I didn't know it was my beloved Savvy! Savvy is a past show heifer.  I love watching a heifer be shown and then lay down and have a calf! I am definitely a proud grandmother!!

I Hate to Watch Her Go

Yesterday we took calves to the sale barn. We also took my first show heifer, Madeline.  Watching Madeline come onto the scales was emotional.  I had to get through my thick skull she was old and wasn't in the best condition, she would either die on our farm (and I would have to bury her) or let her delicious meat be eaten.  I might have chosen to let her die her on the family farm but when she weighed 1022lbs and brought $1.06/pound I reconsidered things!  With that money we can go buy new young cows or I can get a new show heifer, both of which I will have to send to the sale barn one day.

Am I seeing Double, Again?

This post actually happened a couple of weeks ago!    I am just getting around to writing about it!

So today was interesting, as usual!
  Satan's Spawn had a calf.  She isn't just any cow as you can tell by her name.  She is the Devil.  She is one of the most protective cows you have ever seen until her calf is around 3 months old.  This is really a good thing, considering she doesn't ever need any help raising her calves.  It becomes a problem when we aren't able to get near the calf to band or tag it.  This year, however, we thought it would be different.  Satan's Spawn was in another field getting a drink and eating grass, so three of us got together to tried to get to the calf while she wasn't around.  We had a solid plan:   One person would be the lookout, the other was a calf holder, and the third person did the would band and tag.  We went out to the field to find the calf and she started leisurely walking towards us.   It was almost too good to be true…

The First Hurdle: Regional Livestock Judging

I am in Denver right now for the National Beef Ambassador Contest 2015 but before I could board my five pm flight I had a full day of livestock judging and reasons.  I had told my 4-H agent I was leaving at four o'clock for the airport even if I wasn't finished judging.  The contest started at one, and the optimistic gal I am, thought it wouldn't be any trouble...  We finished judging classes at around three and then started reasons twenty minutes after that.  I had my phone on me, to keep time, it was nearing 3:40.   My aunt, who was kindly taking me to the airport, texted me to say she was waiting and I needed to busta move to get to the airport.  I did two sets of reasons (cattle and hogs)  in under fifteen minutes.  Once we left the contest, and raced to the the airport I was freaking just a bit!!  It was 4:30 when I my bag checked.  Security was awful.  There line seemed like it went on and on for miles. I asked some people near the front with tears streaming down m…

We're All Going to be Sore in the Morning

A 100lb calf was born recently.  When a calf is that big sometimes their legs can't hold them up right away, so we knew we needed to take him and his mother to the barn so we could make sure he stood  up and got the colostrum.  I figured out real quick that the cow was one of my Pop's (meaning ONLY Pop could handle her), so I went and sat on the other side of the fence and watched the pair until my dad got home.  As some of you may know, Pop is getting old.   He does the supervising now and dad and I do the work.   My dad is tough as nails and not many cows get the best of him, but this cow was the meanest of the mean. In fact, she was meaner than nails.  While I got the gates ready he went up and got the cow and calf driven to me.  When he got the cow into the lane and all heck broke loose. She turned on Dad and he tucked tail and ran simply because he didn't have anything to defend himself with.  We tried till the last second to make her go calmly but when a 1,700lb mom…

Pride Go Before The Fall

We have always taken pride, as many farmers and ranchers do, that our cows can have and raise a calf unassisted!  Unfortunately, pride go before the fall!  We had the CUTEST calf born a week ago out of an veteran cow.  I don't know if a calf is born knowing how to nurse or a cow just nudges until they do, but this calf wasn't taking the bait!
 I got a phone a couple days ago from Pop telling me to come give it a bottle.  I was hoping that the calf would nurse on it's own, but it didn't and Maggie Mae's bag  (the cow) was getting full and tight from not feeding her new calf.  We intervened and brought the cow (from the other side of the farm) and calf (on the Kubota) to the barn the next day so they could be together and I could work with getting a teat in its mouth! Now, that is manual labor!

Sorting, Sweating, and Some Sunbathing

Summer brings  a lot of hard work on the farm.  Everything has to happen when it is supposed to or it messes up the next season.  Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall we are always getting ready for winter. Some of the things we do to get ready for winter are making hay and canning hundreds or jars of vegetables.  It is a stressful time on the cows because of the flies , constant heat, and new babies.  Everyone is trying to get everything done before the cold sets in again!  We've already sold our fall born calves, rolled 115 rolls and are getting ready to turn the bull back to pasture with the cows!  We have had 3 heifers and 5 bulls born so far and are awaiting more!  I will post on the Madison's Farm Adventures Facebook more during the summer months because I can post from fields but will try to blog our stories from the farm!! I know there are some great ones coming!  It's never a dull moment here, which brings me to another hard thing about summer.  Everything stink…

Day Two: American National Cattlewomen Region II meeting

Day two consisted of fun and regional elections, but mostly fun!  We began our day high up in the hills with a delicious breakfast and some speakers! Social Media is a wonderful tool that the BEEF community is using to tell  the 80 million millennials about beef.   Many of America's farmers and ranchers are aging and they don't quite understand the whole Facebook, Twitter, Instagram thing,  so Katelyn Brockus came to the ladies rescue! She was a fabulous speaker and had everyone excited about social media.  Up next was Crystal Matthews on cross-generational leadership! She was fun! She had activities that were split up by generation.  We had FIVE generations present....the builders, baby boomers, gen Y, gen X, and the iGeneration.   Each group figured out what they wanted the other generations to know about them.  After we had a good list, we got into diversified groups and came up with BEEF promotional ideas! I loved the group I was in because the ladies were very interested…

The Fridge is Stocked and The Hot Tub is ON

That title says a lot!  This weekend I am attending the region two American National Cattle Women meeting.  The great state of Georgia is hosting us at a beautiful resort in the North Georgia Mountains.  I am looking forward to a fun filled weekend full of bonding and learning.   I decided to hitch a ride with two of the other awesome cattle women from Tennessee.  Beth Burns, from Pikeville, works for an ag insurance agency and Lena Freeman,  from Maryville, sells semen.   It sure made for a fun ride!  Once we got to the lodge we met up with all the other cattle women that were attending and soon found the food! Girls have gotta eat!  Then it was onto the goodie bags and the fabulous speakers! We closed the night out with R & R in the hot tub so we would be prepared for the next day's walk at 7am!

Young Farmer Madison

I was thinking recently about how I always relate big farmer events to what I was doing the day they happened.  It seems like I am never at home when things go wrong.  It is usually one of those unusual days that I decide to venture away from the farm. It doesn't happen often, but when it does something goes wrong.  Here are some examples:
     The last day Dollywood was open for the winter was when our calving season began! The first calf was a preemie heifer, and boy was she small.  Dad brought her to a newly bedded pen for the night and when I got home I wrapped her up!  It was a cold night! She was Lucky number One and she was lucky Dad found her.  She was also the first calf that will be registered under my name, exciting.
     I was recording a recent birth in my calf watch book.  However, the birth had happened over a week before I got around to recording it. I couldn't remember the exact date, but I knew it was born the day the movie "Divergent" came out!    …

2014 TN Beef Agribition

This week, my spring break, I am going to do some serious catching up!  My mind is consumed with blog ideas but my schedule is packed.  So get ready to read!!   Agribition was the second weekend in March.  It was exactly three weeks after the Dixie National. Pop and I made the three hour drive to Lebanon with four heifers in tote. Our friend Caleb was coming from Clarksville with two other heifers.  We had six heifers between three people.  Friday and Saturday we stayed in the Junior Barn.  The first two days were "hair days" because all we had to do was wash, dry, and work the hair. While the heifers were eating Saturday morning I went to the TN Cattlewomens' meeting where we did housekeeping and elected officers!  When I got back to the barn Caleb's heifers were tied up but neither Caleb nor David were to be found.  I did "hair day" mostly by myself!  I found out later Caleb and David were looking for a new heifer for me, so they are excused. Once the He…