As I am looking at the website it occurred to me that it has been a year since I have updated it. Where has the time gone? It doesn’t matter how big or small your farm is, there is always something to do. With 2018 winter season wanting to hang in there through the first half of April, I am very grateful for the big barn . It makes calving so much easier and the cows enjoy a little “spa” treatment while they are waiting or after they have had their calf. 2018 was the first year we had a set of twins! I am not sure who was more surprised, me or the commercial cow. She handled it like a champ and raised both heifers by herself.
It seemed we went from winter right into summer making the breeding season hard on the animals. So this year I see calving is going to be stretched out longer than normal. This is always an exciting time of year, but more so this year. This will be the first calf crop for J BarT Xtreme and Almosta Farm’s Brogan’s second.
As usual, I hit the ground running in the summer. I have been blessed because of this breed to have met so many folks. The greatest joy is watching Juniors grow with confidence and ability throughout the year. More often than not, I am blessed to have met a new junior that wants to get their feet ‘wet’, working with cattle. This was one of those years. Charli Broderick and her Mom attended the 8th Annual Cow Camp held in Stanwood, MI to learn as much as she could about being around cattle. When I met Charli, I knew this was going to be a huge weekend for her! It doesn’t get any better for me than to watch a child that is so scared but was determined to work through her fear. By the end of the weekend, she was confident working with her assigned heifer with ease. From there, she was hooked! Her family brought her to the U P State Fair in Escanaba, MI where she showed with confidence and did very well. The unsung hero’s with these juniors are the families that support them, getting them where they want to go, allowing them to spread their wings as much as they can and fly with confidence. With these kids, it’s not all about the show ring and awards but teaching them responsibility, patience and confidence that will have an impact on them throughout their lives.
If you find yourselves in the Northeast NE and have a few minutes, please stop for a visit. We also have a guest house if you want to have an extended stay.
If you are on the road and need a place to stop for the night, we also have room to unload your animals.
Hope to see you at the farm or on the road.