my daily life on a cattle farm, my love of agriculture, and stories behind my photos

Saturday, February 11, 2017

farm chick favorite

My friend was having a fundraiser, so I gladly made a purchase. This pouch from Thirty-One is absolutely perfect for me! LOVE the camera... actually, I adore it  :) I love arrows! So, the key fob was a must.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

calf kit

Calving season is approaching! So, I have been organizing and preparing. To help keep me focused, I made a 2017 calving task list. I crossed off another task on the list by putting together our calf kit. Check!
The calf kit carries... a roll of paper towels, Clorox wipes, pliers, flashlight, calf halter (if needed) temporary paper tags, glue, marker, calf weight tape, calving book, calendar, pregnancy records, Super 7+ iodine, and shots included in our health program. When a calf is born, we will take this kit with us.    
calf kit
In a clear plastic box, I organized and stored extra needles and syringes of different sizes. This box is perfect to keep new needles and syringes clean and ready to use for the calving season.
needles & syringes

tagging box

Our calf tagging box is prepped to tag the 2017 calves!
The tagging box holds supplies for tagging our bull and heifer calves. It keeps our tags and buttons, tagger, pencil, and tag markers all together.
Bull calves will get an orange numbered tag. And, heifers will get a yellow numbered tag. With a tag marker, the numbered tag of the cow and bull are written on each calf tag. As calves are born, a list is kept to make tagging easier.    
2017 calves

ob calving kit

We are just under five weeks away from calving! So, I have been busy in preparation!
Our OB calving kit includes a bucket for soap and warm water to sanitize, a halter (if needed), 60" OB chains, two handles for the chains, and a bottle of lubrication. We also have two calf pullers on hand...one for each farm. The supplies were cleaned and sanitized to be ready in case we need to assist a cow in calving.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

silage analysis

We are feeding corn silage to our feeder calves, and herd of 2 - 5 year old cows. On Wednesday afternoon, I sent off a sample of silage for feed analysis.
silage sample ready to send

I pulled a sample of silage out of the bag and filled a quart sized bag to send to the laboratory. The sample was sent to Dairyland Laboratories via UPS. For a basic test, it was $16. 

silage sample report

The sample was shipped to be received on Friday. And shortly after being received, I was emailed results.
For future use of Dairyland Laboratories...forms, sample bags, and mailers were sent to me.

Friday, December 16, 2016

feeding silage

We opened the silage bag this afternoon. It smelled so good!
In September, we chopped six acres of corn and bagged it to store until fed. The silage will be used as feed for our calves.
When we opened the silage bag, we were so pleased with the quality! I will be sending a sample of silage into a lab for feed analysis.

The silage will be fed along with rolled corn and grass hay. With a tractor, we scooped up a few loader buckets full of silage and dropped it into one of our SI Feeders wagons. It did not take long for the calves to figure out silage tasted good. The wagon was barely in the lot before it was surrounded by happy calves.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

fall forage for grazing: week 10

It is now week 10!

A herd of cows is now grazing a field of turnips, rye, and oats in the harvest corn field. I was really excited to cows open the pasture gate for the herd to graze. So the cows were ready to graze the lush field, we set out high magnesium blocks for the herds.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

farm chick favorite

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texas + illinois
These adorable baseball caps are from Pink Armadillos! I ordered custom caps for my cattle chick friend and I. The baseball caps are black and tan. And, I chose turquoise glitter for our states... Texas + Illinois. I am in love with them! And am sure she will enjoy it too!