The Ohio Beef Expo...2016 Edition
Last weekend we attended the Ohio Beef Expo. As in past years, we had a great time. This year there were a total of 53 head of Miniature Herefords. It was a big increase from last year, and we were glad to see the increased interest in the show. We competed against breeders from Indiana, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Arkansas and of course, Ohio.
We entered Six and Rain in the show. We usually try to take more head to the Ohio Beef Expo, but we just didn't have any other cows of eligible age. That's o.k....we didn't have to work quite as hard this year.
Wednesday afternoon, Daniel hopped in the truck, picked up the boys from Grandma's house and headed to the Ohio State Fairgrounds. I met them there after work.
Throughout our daily routines, we have come across some great products. Some of these products are common, some unique, some new on the market and some old fashioned, but they are all things that we love.
We are all familiar with dealing with stress and how it can affect our physical bodies as well as our state of mind. Cows can become just as stressed as people, but they can't talk about their feelings or tell us what is bothering them. As a farmer, you have to know your cattle and be able to predict stressful situations as well as identify the physical ramifications of that stress.
10 on the 10th - March 2016
This year I have challenged myself to pick up my camera, take pictures and get better at it. On the 10th day of each month, I am going to take 10 pictures. My hope is that you will get a glimpse of the smaller details of our lives and that you will see improvement in the pictures that I take. I also hope that you enjoy this as much as I do.
Weaver Leather Livestock has released a new video about Kirk Stierwalt and how he got to be where he is today.
This video was filmed last year during the Ohio Cattlemen's Association Novice Youth Day. We were fortunate to attend this phenomenal workshop with Kirk Stierwalt.
Finding Your Niche on the Farm
Farmers may be the ultimate Jack-of-all-trades. Usually born out of necessity, the farmer is the caretaker, the vet, the planter/harvester, the mechanic and the all-around fix-it man. This is an irreplacable quality of the average farmer, but, does the farmer have to be that all-around man?
God created us all uniquely with different interests, abilities and desires. As a mom, I can see great differences in each of my kids. While they both desperately want to grow up to be farmers, each one is drawn to different aspects of the farm. One kid loves to garden and the other wants to know how everything works and how to fix it when it is broken.
Through the years, we have come to embrace each team member's strengths and weaknesses and adapted our farm accordingly. We encourage everyone to be involved in all parts of the farm, but have realized that some are better at one thing and others better at another thing. Don't force someone to do something just because. Instead, work with their strengths and move them away from their weaknesses.
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.