If you have ever spent a day driving around the countryside, you have seen signs hanging at the end of long farm lanes. Many of these signs indicate the name of a centuries old family run farm.
When we moved to our farm sixteen years ago, we were just those neighbors that had some land and a couple of horses. Once we decided to buy Miniature Herefords, we knew that we were embarking on a bigger and more professional venture. If we were going to sell our animals, we needed to have a farm name.
One of the questions we asked Roy Largent when we brought home our first cows was what the best way to sell them was. Miniature Herefords are a niche market, so sometimes you have to take a different approach to marketing and selling. Roy said the best thing we could do was to have a website.
We took Roy's advice and started this website. But, before we could have a website, we needed a name.
Farm names come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are generic.
Some are really cool.
And some just make you scratch your head.
So how did we land on 4 Wiley Farm?
Last Saturday was just an ordinary day on the farm.
Not really ordinary for us...because we ordinarily aren't home for a whole day.
It was an uneventful weekend left completely blank on the calendar. We didn't have one thing scheduled for the entire weekend.
Just a day to ourselves and a Sunday with church and afternoon rest.
It may not be ordinary for us to be home, but on the rare occasion that we get to be an ordinary family, this is what and ordinary day looks like.
The day started with a lazy start and everyone getting up when their bodies where well rested and ready to start a new day.
A rare treat for all of us.
At some point, you are going to lose.
Our goal is always to win, but you can rest assured that all winners have either lost a lot on the road to winning, or they are going to lose at some point down the road.
I think we have learned the most from the times that we have lost. One of the most important things we have learned from losing is how to be a good loser.
O.K....so I don't really love ear protection.
I love my hearing enough to like ear protection.
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Ear protection is a hot topic around our house.
It's not officially fall yet, but it is feeling more like it each day.
The temperature have be unseasonably cool around here and we even had to pull out the flannel sheets this weekend.
It is perfect sweatshirt weather which means that we have turned our attention to winter preparations.
But, before we can even think about winter preparations, we have some end of summer and fall items to check off our list.
Our calendar is full as usual, but we actually had a weekend almost completely at home. We took advantage of the home time to get caught up on all things cows.
We are spending this Labor Day weekend with family and friends. This post is from the archives, but still a great reminder as we struggle to get back into the swing of things for the new school year.
The evenings are starting to turn chilly, the leaves are beginning to turn and summer is winding down. School has started once again.
We are now a few weeks into the school year. The books have a couple of dog-eared pages, the eraser is half used, the sneakers have a few scuffs and the shiny newness is wearing off of things. A few tests and quizzes are in the grade books, and the dreaded homework is in full swing.
Summer on the farm isn't quite over, and the boys are having a hard time focusing on school work when they would much rather be out working in the fresh farm air. The garden is still producing and hay is still growing. Calves are waiting to be weaned and we are moving cows around to get everyone home and situated for winter paddocks. There are so still so many things that need to be done before we are ready for winter to set in.
So what do you do when you have a farm kid that just can't see the use of "all this book learnin"?
"I understand that I need to learn science to be able to take better care of my cows, but why do I need to diagram sentences?"
It is hard for kids to see the need for all the "useless information" that they are being tested over. As adults, we know why they need to learn these things and how useful it will all be to them later in life, but how do you make that relate to a kid that just wants to farm?
I am proud.
Proud to be a farmer.
Proud of Miniature Herefords.
Proud to be a Miniature Hereford farmer.
Everywhere you go you will find someone with an opinion. And, unfortunately, the most opinionated are the ones that usually choose to share that opinion.
In this industry, there are so many differences in cattle, that you will find an overabundance of strong opinions. Some cattle farmers have a little bit of everything, but a lot of farmers are true to one particular breed. And they usually feel very strongly about that breed.
Once calving season is done, our sights quickly move on to the next step...
Re-breeding the cows.
We have struggled for several years to get everyone back on a Spring calving rotation. We prefer to have our calves born in March and April, but are O.K. if calving gets pushed into May. Sometimes we have June and July babies, which isn't ideal, but we won't complain.
Some people prefer fall calves. We do not prefer fall calves, but Rain was a fall calf and that worked out pretty well for us.
I am sitting on the back patio....
You know...the patio behind that door you haven't even opened in over a month.
The patio, that until yesterday, had flowering weeds over my head.
The patio built to be a peaceful place of retreat after a long day of work on the farm.
That is the patio that I am sitting at today as I write this post.
I have missed this beloved patio.
We moved out of the Knox County Fair, spent 2 days trying to catch up at home, and then moved right in to The Ohio State Fair.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks.
Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.