Showing posts from 2015

Concrete Sidewalks

I always knew growing up on the farm that I never wanted to leave.  My sisters and I had the whole thing planned out, who would take what houses and how we would run our operation together.  But, now I am not there and they are running it without me.  I used to get up every morning and walk down my driveway to the stares of my show heifers and curious calves in the weaning barn.  My family operated as a unit, whether we were rounding up cattle or loading for a show.  We all had our own jobs.  Now I am gone!  Every weekend I get to go home and walk down the driveway to the barn but I don't have my jobs anymore, someone else had to step up.  I hate waking up and putting on clean shoes, and jeans that are loosing their stains.  I strongly dislike living with a...girl from New York who has no clue about Ag (and I live on an Ag floor) or doesn't understand why I wake up so early.  Farming in ingrained in my life.  I may walk to an elevator and walk on concrete to transfer to a…

Away From Home

I was standing in line to get coffee when I received a text from the farm.  It was a picture of a little red heifer in the field who we want to keep and maybe show.  It made me think of yesterday when I was at the barn and nobody (the cows) knew who I was.  The next day I got another text from the farm with a picture of my dad mowing hay till 1 am and back up before 5 am so he could finish,  I was sad at first but then I remembered why I am doing this whole college thing.  I am doing this so I can give back to the agriculture community.  You will hear me say this a lot because it is so true.  At school the "Ag Campus" is my home away from home and although it hurts my heart to know my show heifers don't even recognize me it will all be worth it in the end.

Differing Opinions

I went into my last class Biodiversity: Past, Present, and Future.  The professor, who I know I am going to enjoy having, is an environmentalist of sorts.  He believes to survive we have to co-mingle with the environment and organisms other than our selves and he said "We are failing greatly."    Coming from a farming background the environment is of the utmost importance to us.  We take pride in the fact we have farmed the same land for years and to do so takes close relationships with people like the NRCS and the EPA.   I cannot wait to embark on this journey of different views on some topics I hope to bring here, the margins of my notes already have "Blog Post..." scattered about.  It is going to be an excited semester here at The  University of Tennessee.

Shop Small, Keep It Local

I just got back from my trip to Montana for the 2015 American Junior Simmental Association Leadership Summit.   I was so fortunate to have been given sponsorship money to attend the conference in Bozeman!   The businesses that sponsored my trip believe in young people and believe in the cattle industry.  Being raised in a family with many business owners,  I realize the amount of money that goes out the door to sponsorships each year and I am very thankful for their contributions and their belief in me and what I am doing. Go buy something from these businesses and tell them Farmer Madison sent you!     Athens Stockyard, R & R Tractor, and Dooley Tractor.   The outpouring of love from these business owners was overwhelming.  I am truly grateful to be involved in the Agriculture community.

A Powerhouse

I am going through sorority recruitment this week and I have been walking around campus in heels, hose, and a dress!  I love dressing up.  I love working on the farm in my jeans, but as you've noticed on my blog I am all about traveling, staying in great hotels and attending events.  I plan on being an Ag Lawyer so that I can dress up often and still enjoy a great lifestyle along with being on the farm.   I know clothes don't make the person, but when I get dressed up in a blazer and slacks or I wear clothes like I am wearing this week, I feel AWESOME.  I feel like a POWERHOUSE.  Whenever I say that word I think about BEEF being a nutritional powerhouse!  This is why I advocate for the beef industry, because we have a fantastic product.  I am looking ahead at my future and it looks fantastic from where I stand.    I can't wait to enjoy this entire college experience.  I can't wait to see what my future holds!

Wordless Wednesday: Wildlife on the Farm


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Like every Tuesday I get my chores done and go to work.  This last Tuesday I had time to go get a coffee too and I knew it was going to be a good day!  I went around the side, straight into the back, and on my right were two weathers (casterated male lambs).  I was immediately drawn to them for one of two reason, we never have sheep come through and they were darn good lambs.  Once I rounded the corner I was told to get them in line to go into the sale ring.  Okay, I got them lined up and sat down in the pen with them, with my coffee in hand.   Now, when I opened the gate they came trotting out but when I sat down they came straight over to me, trying to get my coffee.  As I'm sitting there Dean, my boss, comes through the gate and laughs asking me if i am taking pictures, I laugh and tell him of course! I have judged lambs and even showed one but these cuties were sweet as could be!  I kept trying to put the pieces together.  They were tame, gentle, wanted coffee, came when the…

All At Once!

Everything is still going on the farm! I haven't had time to sit down at the computer and write blogs (follow along on my Facebook page Madison's Farm Adventures for daily updates) but today was extra interesting!
  I knew we had the vet coming at noon and two buyers coming throughout the day.  I went down to the barn to wait with pop and the first buyer was there and BAM, 5 seconds later the second man pulled in! It was a little chaotic because I had to do it all by myself and quickly!  We are now down to just three calves in the lot at the barn!  And then I found a new baby calf while I was waiting on the vet.  The vet arrived shortly after I got in from the field and he was in and out before I could say hello!  On our farm I try to get things done efficiently and our customers in and out.

I Jumped

This day has been the most chaotic productive satisfying day senior year, while all my friends were showing cattle and the local high school and ten surrounding counties were having Prom. It all began last night when I was working a party at the Eclectic Vibe Centre while my mom was away at a drama rehearsal. It was ten o’clock before she got back. The kicker was Ashton and I both had the ACT the next morning, 8 am bright and early. 8 am isn't a big deal, it is when you have farm chores to complete first. We were both up at 6, we were the walking dead, I had gotten smart and worn my clothes to bed!!! Once we had our tickets printed, none of our printers had ink, we headed out to go feed everything! When rolled out of the driveway at 7:30, everything was cooperating! We got breakfast at the convenient store and went to the test center. We have accomplished many victories on no sleep but we both agreed how difficult sitting at a desk reading question after questi…

Proud Farmers Granddaughter

As I was driving home to clean pens and work show calves...the radio in the truck is broken so I was thinking about my life!  As I was sitting at the stop sign longer than the people behind me probably liked but I was in a truck that maxed out at 55 mph so I left my "give a care" at home in my truck that can actually accelerate.  As I pulled out in front of someone in this manual dump-truck i was thinking how awesome kids are that were raised on farms and ranches.  My mom had called me this morning while I was at the barn feeding and asked me to get her some mulch for her studio and I COULD.  I drove that stick-shift, spread it (and it looks good), and unloaded 80 folding chairs all before lunch! While I was spreading i got so many looks and they looked harder when they realized I was a girl.   I am a farmers granddaughter work is second, sometimes first, nature to me!

What is my Password?

I haven't been on here in so long, I had to log back in.  I am sorry for my lack of posts but I am still taking daily #felfies and doing farm chores.  With all the weather my college classes have been wacky and farm chores get more complex when freezing temperatures are a factor.  Here are some snaps from my time away!

Cattle Industry Convention 2015 PICTURES