Happy New Year 2021

Little late here, but none the less, a sincere wish to everyone.

Strange dry winter here in Missouri — temperature has been hovering around 32 degrees. Well, except today it will pop into the 50s. We’ve had very little snow or rain, though, this morning, the frost was thick and fluffy like a little skim of cotton dust on windshields.

Cows and calves are doing well in this weather. Sunshine and warm days through early winter kept the grass green. It’s just now turned brown. We only had to supplement them with hay, but they sure go after haylage (fermented hay) when it’s out in pastures. It smells a little like beer — nice.

It’s good and easy to be away from civilization, self quarantined, in the rolling Ozark hills. It’s a pleasure for the New Year, really. Makes all the news seem distant like another planet of roiling political problems and sickness. But, I do have to go to town soon…

A new connection

We are finally reaching a good rhythm with Josh, Tia and Jason of the Agridime team. It has been a great experience working to find a new marketing channel for our calves.

We always say in the cattle business that nothing ever happens fast, so this project actually started three years ago with something I saw in the literature about an interesting new concept. A few months later I heard from Josh. Then a few months after that Jason came to visit us. When we shipped out our first group of calves, Josh , Tia and Jason all came to see us — maybe a lot to see our nice calves, too!

Final+PNG-720wLate last year Josh let us know that first group of calves graded very well at market! Exciting news for us because we have been setting ourselves up, for more years than I care to admit, to provide excellent beef.

Back to “nothing ever happens fast,” planning for calves starts with good bulls and good cows. We have very good legacy genetics in the cow herd. We also have great bull breeders right here in central Missouri. So, we’ve been marrying up local resources and crossing our fingers for years.

It takes nine months to open the cute little package and then about a year to see what’s inside — what you get on your table. It is great to know we are heading in the right direction with feedback through the Agridime system. Check it out!

Time to welcome 2020

It feels like spring here, except this morning was frosty-cold at sunrise when I went to open the gate. We’re planning seeding and weaning and sale of last year’s fall calves — lots to think about now that the daily winter hay feeding-feeding is coming to an end.
2020 winter was rather mild, but we’re expecting wet and flooding when spring flowers.

The farm is lucky on that score, though neighbors are not so. The acres here hug a high ridge that only tickles water runs down stream. In heavy rain we get a upper watershed gush that prevents crossing, but even that subsides in a few hours. It leaves behind a few overflows and debris, but nothing like brethren down stream.
So it has been a happy new year here. Cows and calves are happily searching out green. Other cows are getting ready to bring new little ones into the world. The bulls and birds are singing (bulls sort of sing out challenges to each other all the time) and peepers are trying to keep us awake all night.
Happy new year to you, and happy spring, too.