Last week we were in Louisville, Kentucky for the 2019 North American International Livestock Expo.
Since I put the show program together, I knew that there were going to be an incredible set of cattle in the show ring. We didn't expect to do that well this year. We have good cattle, but there were some amazing cattle in the show ring. We took our two bulls, Smith and Wesson, and were hoping we might win something in the division and possibly in the pair of bulls, but that is all we could hope for.
The unexpected made it so much more fun.
Facebook and Instagram are full of picture perfect moments. Even life on the farm is usually beautiful and clean.
But is it really like that in real life?
Farms are working operations. We have messy stuff and piles of things that we may need some day. Broken pieces and parts that need to be thrown away...or when you live in the country...hauled to the dump. There isn't time to do it all, so something has to give. Usually, that pile stays until Spring.
I have a pretty amazing life. I love my family and this farm we live on, but I don't want you to think for one minute that my life is all picture perfect.
Today, there are some pretty pictures, but I also step back and turn around to show you what is on the other side. Cameras and photo editing can make things seem better than they really are.
Am I the last person on Earth to jump on the Amazon Prime bandwagon?
About this time last year, I realized that I was pretty much the only person who didn't have Amazon Prime.
To be honest...I thought it was pretty dumb. Why pay a fee to get my orders in 2 days, when I can get my order in 5 days if I meet the minimum order? Besides, how hard is it to find $25 worth of items you want to buy from Amazon?
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But then, my wonderful husband ordered a Christmas gift for me off of Amazon. He promptly told me I was not allowed to look at the Amazon account or open e-mails sent from Amazon (the trials of buying your spouse a gift).
He then went on to tell me that he got a free offer for Amazon Prime.
I asked him when the free offer expired? "I don't know...I didn't look at that part."
One of the best ways to promote your farm is to attend cattle shows. At cattle shows, the best of your herd is on display, both in the show ring and back at the stalls. Even if you don't win in the show ring, you have to opportunity to expose your farm and promote your animals.
We just want to be farmers, but what good is farming if we can't sell our products?
Whether you like it or not, you have to be in the marketing business.
There are several things you can do at the show to market your farm. Some cost some money and take a little pre-planning, and others are very cheap and easy.
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.