This week marks the unofficial start to summer.
There is nothing I like to do better than find a quiet spot and read a book.
Warm, sunny days make the back patio so inviting.
A good book, the back patio and a view of cattle grazing is my idea of a perfect summer afternoon. It is my motivation to get the work done quickly, so that I can move on to the relaxation.
Not everyone loves to read.
Especially, if you are a male with the last name Wiley.
It can be difficult to get my men to read a book, but once started, a good book will keep them captivated.
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?
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.