We have had some extra time on our hands lately. We may not be staying home because we want to, but it has actually been a blessing in disguise.
As you know, we tend to run ourselves ragged with jobs, school, showing and life in general. This kind of schedule isn't very conducive to the farm life. Many times, our busy life means the maintenance of our farm and herd gets put on the back burner. The thing that screams the loudest is what gets done, and the cows don't do a whole lot of screaming.
This hectic schedule is O.K. for a while, but at some point we have to stop and take care of the daily maintenance items before everything is broken and sick.
I'll have to admit, more times than we like, we are reacting to the emergency instead of working to get ahead of the problems.
This past week has been interesting...
To say the least.
As the Coronavirus has spread, so have the cancellations of schools, mass gatherings, and life as we know it.
Included in the cancellations is the Ohio Beef Expo.
But the sale will go on!
Are you going to the Ohio Beef Expo?
The Expo will be held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ohio on March 19th - 22nd.
This year is going to be big for the Miniature Herefords!
Not only is there a Miniature Hereford show...
But new this year, the Miniature Herefords will be participating in the sale.
Bigger is better...right?
Well, not when it comes to cows...
After all, we do raise Miniature Herefords.
But, when it comes to equipment, bigger is better...or so they tell me..
Years ago...long before we had cows...a swarm of bees decided to call our tree home.
It was the beginning of a new adventure for us.
We bought some minimal bee equipment and fed those bees to try to get them through the winter. We were then given a bunch of bee equipment that had been stashed in someone's barn.
That small swarm didn't survive the winter, but we bought more bees and began our bee keeping adventures.
Some years we robbed the hives, and other years, we just let the bees do their thing.
One year, Daniel was stung in the neck and developed an allergic reaction.
That should have been our sign...
The boys went tractor shopping this weekend and I stayed behind to do chores...and I really didn't want to go tractor shopping.
As I was out in the barn doing chores, I was reminded of how much I love our white board.
I know...it's nothing new and exciting...and most people already have a white board in their barn...
But, if you don't have one...you definitely need to go buy a white board.
We had snow this week. Not much...about an inch after 3 days of light snow showers. It has been a very warm winter, so the snow was a nice change of scenery...especially since it covered the mud we have been living in.
This winter has been hard. Not because of the cold, but because of the warm.
We left Ohio on January 18th in freezing rain and snow to begin our bucket list journey to Denver, Colorado for the Miniature Hereford World Show at the National Western Stock Show.
I laughed more than I have in a long time, we enjoyed time with friends, worked hard, walked miles and miles, and we all got sick, but we had an amazing time and made so many memories.
One of our bucket list items is to take the boys to Denver to show at the National Western Stock Show before Isaac graduates.
Yes...that means it has to happen in 2020 or 2021. 2020 was not the plan...because the bank account was saying otherwise.
Until...Wesson won Reserve Grand Champion at Louisville.
There are times that all the plans get kicked out the window and you just seize the moment...and figure out the rest later.
This is one of those years.
We are on our way to Denver!
All I can say is this has been one strange winter so far.
While parts of the West were hunkered down with snow and ice, we were out and about in almost 70 degree weather. Granted, we had some lovely rain and wind to go along with those warm temps, but it still wasn't bad enough to need a coat.
The winter mud has returned, and the cows are just as confused as we are. We had to dig out the fans this weekend because the cows were just too hot to eat.
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.