Grass is a funny thing.
There is either too much...
Or not enough of it.
Many cattle farmers actually consider themselves grass farmers. While we are raising cattle to either breed or butcher, we wouldn't have these cattle if we didn't have grass to feed them.
Grass farming is one of the biggest challenges we face. We have to balance having enough grass to feed our animals, but not so much that we have to mow it down with a tractor.
On top of the spring and summer grazing, we have to prepare for the winter months. Some fields have to grow in order for us to harvest hay for the non-growing season.
It is a constant juggling act.
Each year is different due to constantly changing weather conditions and different numbers of cattle. Some people are better at managing it than others.
But, for all of us, the goal is to put in the least amount of effort to gain the most amount of feed.
When I was growing up, I had never heard of a thing call a boot dryer.
If our boots got wet, there was only one way to dry them.
Put them upside down on one of the heating registers.
Except...I grew up in the city...and the only time our boots got wet was when we were out playing in the snow.
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Fast forward 20 years, and someone always has wet boots.
All year long.
One of the most common questions we get is whether our cows are polled.
The answer is no.
All of our cows are born and registered as horned animals.
We don't even ask if a cow is polled when we are looking to buy or breed.
To be honest, we don't really care.
So what is all the talk about horned versus polled animals?
We are excited to be able to attend the second annual Miniature Hereford show at The Ohio State Fair.
Last year we had the opportunity to introduce thousands of people to the Miniature Hereford breed.
Spring is such a refreshing and beautiful time of year. After the long, gloomy and muddy winter, the sight of green grass and colorful flowers is a breath of fresh air.
We had a few sunny and warm days that we were able to put the cows out on the pastures. Grass is starting to grow, but slowly.
I couldn't resist the urge to grab my camera and capture the beauty and freshness of Spring.
Another B.E.S.T. season is in the books, and as we look back, we are always amazed at how far we have come. Each year we learn more about cows, farming, clipping, showing, other people and most importantly ourselves.
Another B.E.S.T. season has come and gone.
In some ways it feels like we were just beginning, and in other ways, it felt like the season would never end.
The beginning of the season went really quickly and we were handling the busyness very well.
The end of the season proved to be more of a challenge. We had several back-to-back show weekends and several back-to-back Sunday shows. It was taking it's toll on all of us, but we trudged through.
Once again, we attended every one of the B.E.S.T. shows this season.
We spent the last month getting ready for the Ohio Beef Expo and then crashing after the Expo.
With all the final preparations for the Expo and then all the extra laundry and sleep we had to make up after we got home, it didn't seem that there was time to fit in anything else.
But...life still goes on back at the farm.
All the chaos hit just as we were beginning to calve.
Another Ohio Beef Expo has come and gone.
The Ohio Beef Expo is one of our favorite shows, There is such a camaraderie among the breeders and we always have a great time meeting up with old friends.
One of the other things that we like about the Ohio Beef Expo is the opportunity to speak with and meet so many like-minded cattle people walking through the barns. It really is a week dedicated to the growth of the cattle industry. It is always an honor to be a part of such a great program.
As always, the week was filled with lots of early mornings, lots of work, but lots of fun.
Another Ohio Beef Expo is in the books.
We got home last night, unloaded the cows and a few necessities, took showers, ate a quick dinner and crashed on the couch.
The plan was to edit photos during our down time at the Expo and have a blog post ready to go with all of the results.
However...there was not any down time
I figured it would benefit all of us if I got some much needed sleep last night instead of staying up late to get a blog post together for you.
I will be back next week with all the details...
But, in the mean time...
Just know that the 4 Wiley Farm name was represented very well.
If you follow us on instagram and facebook, you may have seen a sneak peak.
Until next week...
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.