Happy New Year 2020! We wish all of our readers (and critters) a very Safe, Happy, and Productive 2020 on the cattle farm! A lot has happened in our lives over the last decade. August 2010 - We got married in a beautiful field in Montana. May 2012 - Found out we were expecting baby #1. Still living and working in Montana. Early-August 2012 - Jer … [Read more...] about Happy New Year 2020 from our Cattle Farm to Yours!
Do you run your farm like a business? If not, are you interested in doing so? How will it be structured? What’s the centerpiece of your enterprise? How can you ensure you’ll consistently make profits year after year, and build a sustainable operation? Asking the right questions and seeking proper knowledge ahead of time is critical to business success. And reading the right … [Read more...] about Creating a Family Business (Allan Nation book)
We had lofty dreams when first starting our beef cattle herd, six years ago. Our goal was (and still is, eventually) to grow from 10-head to 100-head of beef cows. Well, we have certainly had growth but we are far from that 100-head goal. There are less cows on the farm right now than we had two years ago. The necessity - the NEED - for culling within the herd has slowed … [Read more...] about That Cow Needs to Go! – Culling your cattle herd to improve your cattle herd
Fences are a great invention. We like fences. Fences are good. They tend to keep our animals where they need to be. Emphasis on the word "tend". As I shared in a previous post, moose and fences don't really get along here on our farm. When a moose takes on an electric fence, the fence usually ends up flat on the ground! We train our animals to respect the electric … [Read more...] about Tales from the Cattle Farm: “What are you DOING?! Get out of THERE!”
Calving season is by far the most anticipated season on the farm. We have had 6 calving seasons so far. The wonder at watching new life come into the world never ceases to amaze us. I have been blessed to witness many births over the years. Most of the time, I am alone but a few times, I have had the boys with me. What an experience and education for them! And, this past … [Read more...] about Tales from the Cattle Farm: “The calf is coming!”