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.
Isaac and Walker have been busy shopping for hunting clothes. These growing boys realized that they have out grown all of their hunting gear. Since hunting season is here, they need to be sure they have all the camo they need.
Walker is at an awkward stage where most of the youth sizes are too small for him, but they skip the adult small sizes that would normally fit him. We have had to get a little creative to make sure he is hidden in the woods while still staying warm enough.
Walmart has been their go to store for hunting apparel. It fits the budget, but doesn't always afford the protection from the elements that we are looking for.
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It isn't very often that I have a Saturday at home with no plans or deadlines. This weekend, Daniel and the boys were off on a "boys trip" and I was home alone...which I always enjoy.
The cooler fall temperatures have finally arrived and I had to drag out a jacket to head to the barn for morning chores. It was such a cool, clear perfectly peaceful fall morning. I finished chores and then grabbed my camera.
It amused me that the calves aren't much different than my teens. Any time they can congregate together away from the watchful eyes of adults, they do.
Over the years, we have spent a lot of quality time together in the truck. We have logged miles and miles and miles travelling to and from cattle shows.
This weekend, Daniel and I left the boys at home (the advantages of having a teenage driver) and made an impromptu trip to Virginia.
No, it wasn't a romantic getaway...
We had cows to deliver.
As much as I like the destinations...I absolutely love the trip.
Some of our best memories are made in the cab of the truck.
We live within about 10 miles of four different school districts, but my kids don't attend any of those school districts.
Several weeks ago, a parent from one of those school districts called to ask us if we would be willing to participate in a fundraiser for their music boosters. They wanted to do cow pie bingo and needed a field and a cow to use and someone had mentioned our names.
Our kids may not attend this school district, but that just means we can help out all the school districts without having to worry about the school rivalries.
We were more than happy to help the Centerburg Music Boosters raise some money.
It is exciting to sell cows.
Sometimes it takes years to get that sale. Whether it is because it has taken years to build your herd to the point where you have enough to sell, or if it is waiting on that cow to have her heifer.
The cattle industry isn't something that creates overnight success. It is a long, hard process. So, when you do finally get that sale, it is really exciting. Plus, your bank account is usually looking pretty grim by this point.
However, just because you have a check in hand and the cow has been loaded on the trailer doesn't mean your work is done.
It's Fall and that means just about every day there is a cattle sale. Spring calves are weaned and everyone is looking ahead to the next show season.
In a sea of cattle farms and sales, what is the best way to sell your cows?
Online sales, live auctions, on-farm sales, Facebook (if they don't delete your post), Craig's list, your own website...how do you get the sale?
I am not sure how we got here. The temperatures are cooling off and we are constantly reminded that winter is just around the corner.
My brain is still saying it is summer...and there is so much left to do before I will admit that fall is here.
Last year's calf is gearing up for the final show of her career....
If you read the post last week, you are well aware that we are having some feeding issues.
We have a cow with an ulcer that is being aggravated by several things...but one being too much feed.
As we talked with the vet and established a plan to get Angel turned around, it quickly became apparent that we needed to make major changes to our feeding plan.
Did you know that cows can get ulcers?
I didn't either...until one of our cows had one.
You may remember how sick Angel was on our trip to Oklahoma for Junior Nationals. It wasn't until we arrived home and our vet examined her that we learned she had a bleeding ulcer.
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.