Farm life is full of ups and downs.
One day you are living the peaceful, serene life of a farmer.
The next day...
Everything that can go wrong...
When it is time for everything to go wrong...
You can pretty well bet you can add a sick animal to the list of things gone awry.
The Ohio Cattlemen's Association had developed the Best of the Buckeye program to honor and award breeders and exhibitors of the great state of Ohio.
This program, centered around the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, is an opportunity to separate cattle bred here in Ohio from those bred in other parts of the country.
Cattle from all over the country are shown at the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair.
The Best of the Buckeye program is designed to award the top cows bred and registered by Ohio cattlemen.
I use two products on my hair.
Volumizing spray (because I was blessed with baby fine hair) and hairspray.
When it comes to cows...there are countless hair care products.
And you must have them all.
From conditioners to multiple types of adhesives...the combinations are endless.
If you look in our tack box, you will see rows and rows of spray bottles.
But our new favorite product is Weaver's Natural Hold.
At some point, you are going to need a veterinarian.
The goal is to have healthy animals that happily graze on lush green grass and pop out beautiful little calves.
The reality is...life isn't always picture perfect.
Something will eventually go wrong and you will need to call the vet...and quite possibly, in the middle of the night.
Your vet is your biggest advocate, educator and asset on the farm.
Just as you might interview a medical doctor to make sure that they have the same vision and treatment methods that you desire, you should make sure you and your veterinarian have a unified vision for the care of the animals on your farm.
All veterinarians are not created equal.
Some are old school, some are cutting edge and up to date on all the new procedures and practices in veternarian medicine. Some are more organically inclined, some are more conventional. Some practices are strictly small animal and some are geared toward large animals.
So how do you determinie which vet is right for your farm?
Ask lots of questions.
It may be a good idea to have your vet out for a well visit and then see if they would be a good fit for you
A well visit may include administering vaccinations, pregnancy checks, or castrations. These routine things are a great opportunity to get to know your vet and allow the vet to get to know you, your animals and your farm.
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.