It has been one of the best summers I can remember for grazing cattle. We logged in another 4.5 inches of rain this past month — most of it coming the first couple of weeks. There has been active fescue pastures all summer. We really haven’t had extreme heat to go along with it. The summer stress on the animals has been relatively low, excluding the swarms of insects. Sometimes there is no answer for the horn flies and big horse flies.
The crops are looking better than average for our area, as well as the hay crops. We are about to get into what looks like a bumper crop. I know the rain has been spotty all across the Midwest, but SalineCounty has had more than its share. We never thought we had a chance back in the middle of June, but this might be a good year after all. Time will tell. Nobody has started to this point. It will be a late harvest, to say the least.
Our recip cows are starting to calve out this month. It has been several years since we have had fall born calves here at our farm. The herd is beginning to get quite colorful. He mentioned when they put the embryos in that they might not all be black. Dang, he was right. We have had a couple of Charolais, a Limousin and several Herefords. It sounded like there is a Shorthorn on the way also. This was done for hire, so the calves aren’t staying after they are weaned. I can’t say that is disappointing, but so far the calving has went well.