What is the tattoo test?
It is very simple.
Do your cows have a tattoo in their ear?
Why do your cows need a tattoo in their ear? The simple answer is because it is required in order for them to be registered.
How did we get to September already?
The last thing I remember it was August 2nd and we were at the Ohio State Fair.
Time flies when you are having fun!
September 10th was an eventful day around here. Here's our day in 10 pictures.
Daniel and I spent our 17th anniversary picking up a load of cows in Southern Ohio. It was an unexpected trip and purchase, so we weren't prepared to bring an additional seven cows home to our farm. Fortunately, a friend has some extra pasture space and was gracious enough to board the cows for a few weeks.
The evenings are starting to turn chilly, the leaves are beginning to turn and summer is winding down. School has started once again.
We are now a few weeks into the school year. The books have a couple of dog-eared pages, the eraser is half used, the sneakers have a few scuffs and the shiny newness is wearing off of things. A few tests and quizzes are in the grade books, and the dreaded homework is in full swing.
Summer on the farm isn't quite over, and the boys are having a hard time focusing on school work when they would much rather be out working in the fresh farm air. The garden is still producing and hay is still growing. Calves are waiting to be weaned and we are moving cows around to get everyone home and situated for winter paddocks. There are so still so many things that need to be done before we are ready for winter to set in.
So what do you do when you have a farm kid that just can't see the use of "all this book learnin"?
"I understand that I need to learn science to be able to take better care of my cows, but why do I need to diagram sentences?"
Bear with me for a moment as I brag on my boys.
Our boys are very good in showmanship.
Part of it is luck, but a lot of it is due to plain hard work.
You can know how to be a showman...in your head, but it is a whole different matter to be able to pull it off in the show ring.
You just have to practice over and over again until it becomes a habit.
Isaac won 2nd place Intermediate Showmanship and Walker won 1st place Junior Showmanship at our county fair.
However, there is a part of that story that I didn't tell you.
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.