Friday, June 24, 2011

Finally Friday!!

Friday has finally made it here...
i don't remember it taking so long in the past 
but that was the two weeks between teaching middle school
and starting my new (old) job...
yeah yeah I know it wasn't a long time but long enough to
fly by quickly and become accustom to not having a calendar...
around our farm you don't schedule a hay cutting 
you check the weather...
pray it will rain when you need it...not the day you cut hay

So Monday was my first day back at my job with the county.
I am an Environmental Outreach Coordinator...
basically i teach others about water quality and other environmental issues...

Some people wonder since I am a farm wife how can I teach others about the environment...
i have to take a minute and not laugh out loud...compose myself
Farmers were the first environmentalist...so its an easy job
actually its a perfect fit!

As cattle farmers we are dedicated to leaving the environment in better shape for the next generation.  Like these kiddos, who all have plans to grow up and be involved in agriculture...one day!

On just our farm alone we use numerous practices to help protect the environment...by the way on average each cattle farmer has 13 different practices in place to accomplish environmental goals, such as nurturing wildlife, preventing erosion, and conserving and protecting water...here are just 3 of the practices we use...

1) Rotational Grazing...due to urban sprawl we have less land to grow our cattle own than a generation ago, so we graze our cattle in smaller sections and move the cattle to a new section once they have grazed that piece...this give the land time to recover and new grass to grow 

2) Limited Stream access...to help with erosion along creek beds and banks we have limited where our cattle can access water and in some cases fenced them completely out of the water source and provided the cattle with water troughs...which some of you may think whats the big deal but putting a well in the middle of a cattle pasture is a big deal especially when there isn't a power line for a few miles!

3) No-till...the majority of our crops are planted using no till practices...this helps reduce erosion in our fields...it also improves our soil so that we use less fertilizers and pesticides.  Which when we do use fertilizer we spread animal waster generated on our farm...which is a natural product!

Those are just a few of the practices we use on our farm.
We do them because it is the best for the Earth and our business...
but there is another reason...
HIM

We are hopeful that one day he will follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfathers...
and farm the land...grow food for the world...and pass it on to another generation.

Farmers are the FIRST environmentalist.  



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wrangler Wednesday

So many people have wordless Wednesday post on their blogs. I thought it might be nice to have something a little different!

So Wrangler Wednesday was born. Now these post may deal with gathering, sorting, and working cattle, farm work or just snapshots of Wrangles being worn.

For those of you out there that don't know...Wranglers are the preferred jeans of many cowboys. Now that's not to say that cowboys don't wear other brands its just that Wranglers & Cowboys go hand in hand in my book. By the way these are the same jeans George Strait wears..you know the King of Country Music...also one of the most handsome men to ever live!!!

So enough for now- here are some snapshots of the Wranglers that get worn around my house & the cowboys who wear them!
Wyatt & Bartow working together

Let's make sure our feet are right!

heading out to check calves

future bullrider

my hubby

Friday, June 17, 2011

What's going on?

Wy running onto the field
So in the last month we have spent a great deal of time outside

ready to catch any ball in his area
on the t-ball field
in the garden
in the hay field
in the kiddie pool
working show calves

waiting to bat
 Did i mention we played lots of t-ball


trying to coaxes a new calf out of the hutch
we have also celebrated new beginnings...
and mourned losses
my best friend and her hubby welcomed home their first baby
our church family lost two members in one week....
both which deeply affected our family

but we have taken this time to focus more on whats important in life
and spend time with those that matter most

fishing with pawpaw

we have been blessed at our house with rain on a pretty regular basis
which causes our garden to be a regular battle...fighting the weeds
however our farm hasn't been as lucky
we did recieve rain down there this week but are still in need of more

i am hoping to get some pictures of the new show calves this weekend
wyatt is hoping to walk his calf all by himself soon

I am also preparing to go back to work full time
with the county. 
monday is my first day back...pray for me!

have a great weekend and happy father's day to all of you dads out there!