Livestock

Hog Days Annual Labor Day Festivals

At one time Kewanee IL had more hogs in the area than people. Farmers produced hogs in this fertile region often on pasture. The days of confinement systems have changed some things, but the area’s hog heritage has not been forgotten. Each Labor Day there is a whole weekend of activities. Hog Days, the biggest […]

A day in the life…

I seriously live the best life. I get up and most days do whatever I want. Sometimes I do have writing assignments to make deadline, and sometimes there’s must-do ranch work. Like capture a bull from a one pasture and move him to another, or gather and sort horses, or gather bulls when their 60-days […]

Horses in Black and White

I hope everyone is gearing up to have an awesome weekend. Avie came up sore this week because his hoof cracked/broke at a place where he has a scar on his hoof. I’m off of him for at least two weeks. I was bummed because the last barrel race in the series that’s been the […]

Summertime on the Farm

My family is having an active summer. It’s been cooler than normal, which the cows like. My sons have been busy working with the animals they’ll show at the County Fair at the end of August. We’ve had lots of cows calving this summer, so the boys like …

Summertime on the Farm

My family is having an active summer. It’s been cooler than normal, which the cows like. My sons have been busy working with the animals they’ll show at the County Fair at the end of August. We’ve had lots of cows calving this summer, so the boys like …

Appreciate a Cow Today

The cow is one of the most under-appreciated animals by the public. People talk of the horse’s roll in settling America but forget that many preferred oxen – cattle – to till and move loads. They were slower, but stronger and usually less apt to spook. They were also something that could be raised from […]

Feeding America Past and Present

So often we hear how farmers should go to the way it used to be. I wonder how many remember what that was? It’s an ideal, and not far from what we are, but it’s far from what people want to buy. So we work harder.   Do people remember the truth or the picture? […]