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U16

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This girl is one of our favorite cows. U16 is out of our Old Number One cow, who was with us for many years. U16 is raising her fifth calf this year. She also shows one of the problems we have with ear tags. They are the form of animal ID that we rely on […]

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Touchups

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Yesterday Scott and I worked cows. Typically a cause of extreme domestic strife, we’ve gotten pretty good at it, our cows are pretty good, and our facilities are pretty good. We draw blood for pregnancy test, remove fly tags and make sure that their ear tags are legible. Usually, you just remove the old ear […]

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Planting Cover Crops

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While it’s hard to get through a winter without feeding hay, there are quite a few things we can do to make sure that our cows get quality forage year round. Fortunately there are some grasses that do quite well in the late fall and early spring, so that we can cut back on our […]

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Comin’ Through

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We really don’t like moving farm equipment any more than we have to, but sometimes it just has to happen. Here’s Scott, moving the drill between two farms. It’s hard to see in the picture – I was driving the pilot car – but he takes up both lanes, so there isn’t much room for […]

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Lost and Found – Orphan Calves

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I’m not sure why it is, but our Murray Grey cows have never had twins, but our Red Angus cows more than make up for it. We’ve ended up with two sets this year, as far as we know. “As far as we know” is the bad part. With beef cattle, there are a couple […]

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A Few Hours Off the Farm

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I’m on the board of the state forage council, which means I get to spend a lot of time at a lot of farms. Today I was in Goochland County, visiting some cover crop plots, and the cows that graze them. These girls are grazing winter annuals, plants that are seeded in late summer, and […]

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About Those Grey Cows

  Most cows in Virginia are black – Black Angus to be exact. There is a long tradition of running Black Angus cattle here, mainly because of what is referred to as the “white tablecloth” market that we serve here on the east coast. Though they’re smaller in size than many other cattle breeds, the […]

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Sunday Morning, Coming Down

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Today, for the first time in months, I didn’t set my alarm. We went to church last night and this morning there absolutely nothing scheduled. No horse shows, no kids to get to work, no races, no nothing. I had planned a peaceful morning of coffee, sausage gravy and biscuits The cows under the front […]

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30 Shades of Grey

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For whatever reason, November is a big month for writers, and lots of my online friends are doing some pretty remarkable things. One just released a kids book. One is working on a novel. And several of them are joining Holly Spangler of farmprogress.com, for the “Thirty Days of Agriculture” blog series. They’ve created special […]

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Did Somebody Say “Cynical, Self-Indulgent Slackers?”

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It’s not too hard to find cultural observers, management analysts and employment consultants lamenting our current crop of teenagers and young adults. An opinion piece in Psychology Today article suggests that they are “cynical, unaccustomed to hard work and having fragile egos because their childhoods filled with trophies and adulation didn’t prepare them for the […]

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