As a fellow cattleman I would assume it is safe to say that you all enjoy looking at other people's cattle. I know I always enjoy the opportunity to get into an old pickup truck and bounce through a field while hearing about which cow had her calf on the coldest night of the year, or which cow is as tame as a dog until she has her calf and then you better not be within 50 yards of her calf unless you are prepared to deal with the consequences. Then there is always the nosy/greedy girl in the bunch. She will have her head in the window looking for a bucket of feed. Every herd is different and has it's own personality as a whole. I know not all of you have had the opportunity to make it to ESF to see our herd. I have been trying to take some pictures that way I can share the herd with those of you eager to see our cattle.
We have a very basic commercial cow/calf herd. We want our herd to be a good representation of the average Kentucky producers herd. We currently have 89 momma cows and they were broke into two different breeding groups this summer. The black cows were bred to our Charolais bulls, and the colored cattle were bred to Angus bulls. This was done with the goal of creating a more uniform group of feeder cattle that should be Black/BWF/Smokes.
We figured we could try to capitalize on the greedy girls in this group since we didn't have any horses saddled at the time so Greg just hollered a few times and got their attention.
Then he rattled an empty bag to get them through the gate.
And then a few cubes to keep their attention and we simply "drove" them back to the field they had come out of. Having greedy cows definitely has its advantages!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to enjoy the Kentucky State Fair. I went to the fair to help Caitlin with the put-put golf at the KY Beef Counsil Booth. I will have to say that the put-put golf this year was a big success. There was a constant flow of kids coming through and participating in not only the golf but the beef displays as well. The Fair Bear even got in on the action!
After visiting some old friends in the cattle barn, I attended the Sale of Champions. This is the sale that highlights the hard work of the Grand Champion & Reserve animals of each species. It is always great to see these beautiful animals and all the hard work that these youth put into making them look their best. The sale is always well attended and I will have to say that the event makes you feel proud that you are part of Kentucky Agriculture.
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.