Archive for the ‘ On the Farm ’ Category

Happy Ag Day

Today is NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY and an important day to be proud of. This day is not only for farmers and agriculturist, but for the whole nation. Agriculture makes the world go round and this should be shared from ear to ear.

This morning when I was getting ready for class, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and it was full of posts about national ag day. People were sharing how proud and fortunate they are to have agriculture in their lives. This makes me happy knowing that I have so many friends that are as passionate about agriculture as I am.

IMG_1086

People have a habit of taking things for granted and everyone is guilty of this. Agriculture provides us with food, clothing, shelter, and many more things under the moon. We are always surrounded by agriculture and will continue to be!

nat

Advertisements

It’s an Annual Thing

Spring break is over and I am trying to get back into the swing of things of going back to Missouri State University. As you may remember, this past week has consisted of getting both bulls and show cattle ready for their respected events. I was able to devote all of my spring break to that, which I am perfectly ok with.

This past week has been muddy, dirty, tiresome, and all of the above. Monday we spend most of the day clipping and working on our show cattle. Tuesday and Wednesday were bull days. We cleaned up about 13 bulls on Tuesday and washed and clipped 3 bulls on Wednesday. By Wednesday night, all of the sale bulls were at the sale barn on display and were almost ready to be sold. Thursday was another show cattle day where we dyed the black cattle and clipped some more. We loaded one trailer to go to the bull sale and one to go to Columbia for the cattle show. Friday finally rolled around and the show cattle crew loaded up 5 calves and took them to Columbia and got them settled in. The others headed to the bull sale.

bull sale

I spend my Friday cleaning up bulls and getting everything ready for the sale that took place at 6 o’clock that night. After all of the cattle were sold, we headed to Columbia to switch to show cattle mode!

dexter

Saturday was the heifer show where we showed a Chianina, Hereford, and a crossbred heifer. I received Reserve Champion crossbred heifer and 5th Overall Heifer. Sunday was the steer show and we showed a Mainetainer and a Shorthorn plus steer. All of our animals were presented to the best of their ability to which we were satisfied with. We made new memories and survived a week of bulls, a sale, and a cattle show!

brandy

Once again this was my idea of a spring break that I am perfectly ok with!

catt

Getting Prepared

Last time I was with you, I was talking about how much snow was on the ground and it felt like it was never going to leave. Well this week is almost the opposite. Everything is a muddy mess! No cattle shows this week, so that means just taking care of cows. However we have a BIG annual event this weekend!

mud

This time last year was also a busy, busy week with the bull sale and a cattle show all in the same weekend. So not only do we have to get bulls ready, but also get show cattle prepared. Last year, I wasn’t home the week before all of this and I had my spring break the following week so I spent that week getting rested up from the bull sale and the show.

This year is a little different because I have spring break the week before all of this! So I get to help prepare the bulls for the sale and show cattle as well. We are becoming a well oiled machine for this weekend every year. Next year, if the show doesn’t fall on the same weekend again, we won’t know what to do with ourselves!

Snow, Snow, and More Snow

Just as the snow is starting to melt, home gets hit again with some more. Winter is supposed to be winding down and Spring is suppose to be approaching. What is up with this?

This past weekend we were going to attend a cattle show in Chillicothe, MO, but it got cancelled due to all of the snow and the low temperatures. I am always sad to hear that a cattle show has been cancelled, however, this one was a bit different. I know how tired everyone was of the snow, trying to keep everything going, and getting ready for a cattle show was the last thing on our minds. There are always many more cattle shows that we can be completely prepared for!

baby

Luckily, this week with all of the snow the calves that were born were in a nice and warm bedded barn. The plan for the next couple weeks are to get caught up on everything, keep our babies healthy, and get ready for the next show!

Winter Time

Winter is wrapping up pretty soon and central Missouri is covered in some heavy snow. Last week, we got hit with 14 inches of snow. I only got to experience a weekend of snow due to being in South Missouri for most of my week.

Winter means cold weather, new babies and a lot of time in the heated wash rack!  Winter is one of my favorite seasons to enjoy. School is in full swing during this time, however, I venture home a lot to work on my projects and spend time with my family and friends. The first snow gets us excited to go sledding and have snowball fights, but when the second or third one comes around it’s just snow…

snow 1

The snow may be difficult at the time, but the ground needs the moisture after the summer that we have had. This provides green grass in early spring and happy cows!

Catching Up and New Beginnings

Welcome back! Last time, I was getting ready for summer and talking about my daily routine. The summer show season came and went and new cattle have replaced the old. (only in the barn, most definitely not anywhere else) Our show gilts have pigged and our show heifers have had babies as well.

mo

fair

This summer was a very successful one from the county fair to the Missouri State Fair. The Murphy/ Loges show crew took home many awards, recognitions and memories from this summer. Like almost the whole country, Missouri was dry and hot, but we did our best to keep ourselves and our livestock as cool as can be.

This fall was eventful with going back to school, exhibiting at the American Royal, and cattle sales. We have added 5 new treasurers to the show crew with 2 steers and 3 heifers. So far, we have been to one outing, MU AGR, and had a blast making memories.

world

 

Sweet Summer Time

School at Missouri State University is almost over, and I am ecstatic. This past week, it has been in the 90’s and summer is quickly approaching. The first thing that comes to my mind when I know the weather is going to be hot that day is my livestock. This gets me thinking about summer and how ready I am for it to arrive.

For my family, summer brings long, hot, busy days. One day during our summer consist of waking up early before it gets too hot and rinsing our cattle and putting them under fans for the day. Then, we start to feed everything and make sure they have water, clean up pens, etc. After my chores are done in the morning at my house, I head over to Murphy Cattle Company, rinse cattle and do whatever tasks that need to be done that day.

While I am gone during the day, my sister takes care of the cattle that we have at home and the show pigs. She makes sure everything stays cool and comfortable, has water, and stays clean for the most part. When I get home, my sister and I usually feed first, depending on how hot it is at the time. After that is complete, we walk our pigs when the sun starts to go down and it starts to cool off, and give them a bath. The daily skin care of our pigs consists of cocoanut conditioner about 2 times a day because it doesn’t have a lot of oils in it which allows our pigs to stay cool.

Once our pigs are walked, bathed, and conditioned, it is cool enough to turn our cattle outside for the night. We walk one time through the barn to make sure everything has water and we then head inside and go to bed ourselves. We wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

Having show livestock requires a lot of hard work and dedication. We wouldn’t do it if we didn’t love it! It can be exhausting at times, but we just have to keep in mind what we want to accomplish and what we’re doing all of this for. My sister and I have our own way of telling ourselves this.  That is a countdown to the Missouri State Fair on a dry erase board in our tack room. This keeps us motivated to always try our best to get our livestock presented to the best of their ability when it comes show time!

Results of past summers…