Surprise, winter is not over. Tonight as I write, the snow is coming down hard and blowing a lot. Looks like we have 3 inches already and it is supposed to snow all night. I may be working from home tomorrow. The grandkids are hoping for no school.
First off, on the new baby front, both my granddaughter, Allyson, and my niece, Carla, had their babies at virtually the same time — one, a boy named Krew, and a little girl named Kolbi.
As calving season begins, February is a good time to evaluate everything from feed rations to pasture plans.
This will be my shortest report ever since I’m on R&R in a warmer place. Back at River Oak, Carson has worked through a breeding protocol with the 53 cows with calves.
Join University of Illinois Extension for the second topic in the Livestock Production and Principles for Beginners webinar series.
Cattlemen should select genetics for grazing operations that fit their environment and management.
Happy New Year! I am not used to writing 2023 yet. Was not so long ago, the year 2023 seemed very far in the future. I was able to accomplish a couple of my farm business-related 2022 New Year’s resolutions.
Wouldn’t you know after all these years of January lambing we switch to an April drop and we enjoy the mildest January, so far, I can remember. Not complaining, though, since it is nice chore weather, especially when ground turns to winter’s concrete.
The winter enveloped us for a bit in December, but we were prepared and worked through without major problems. The worst for me actually occurred inside when my steam boiler busted the sight glass and filled the house with steam.
A pasture is a high-quality crop — not a place — for graziers utilizing managed intensive grazing systems.
The La Salle County Soil and Water Conservation District announced the Isermann family of Streator is the 2022 Farm Family of the Year.
We’ve been taking advantage of the dry soil conditions and doing a lot of deep soil tillage ahead of our manure application this year. Surely, we have created some compaction issues with all the trucks and harvest equipment when we were making cow feed.
Because of the dry conditions the only green grass in southern Illinois may have been the Wintergrazer rye we had sown. What a pretty sight it is, though, to see those 200 head of black calves turned out and grazing on it.
Working with cattle and vegetables resulted in two Illinois FFA members receiving national Agricultural Proficiency Awards.
Nick Harre wasn’t able to do his morning chores. “My alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. and Andrea was standing there and she said, ‘I don’t think you better go,’ so we went to the hospital,” he said.