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Our First Weaning

14 Oct

Our family ventured into the cattle business a year ago with the purchase of a load of bred heifers. We added another group of pairs this spring and two weeks ago, we weaned our first crop of calves. It was a beautiful day with wonderful help and an exciting milestone for our farm business.


Waiting to be gathered.


The temporary pasture sorting corral.

Weaning takes place to give the cows a much needed break from nursing their calves. They can then pour all their nutrients back into their bodies, and their growing pregnancy. It’s hard work being a mama cow, so the break is needed. And it’s time for the kids to grow up.


Our good friends Seth and Jalea, as well as our wonderful landlord Bing, came out to gather.


Jalea brings a runaway back to the herd.



Ready to sort the cows from the calves.


My brother-in-law Cooper and our employee Christopher waiting to help move the calves onto trucks.


Farmer Husband and Seth sorting.


Jalea keeps the bunch from pushing the panels over.


These first-time mamas aren’t quite sure what to think about what’s going on.


While the crew is busy working, Ella was checking on her cows.



#40 is Ella’s buddy. 


Getting her turn in the saddle.



After all the cows were sorted off, we started loading the calves onto trucks to take to the feedlot.



Headed to the feedlot.


Waiting for the truck.


A new home for the calves.

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


11 …You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NIV)



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