Posts Tagged With: Agriculture

Burning an FFA Steer, Creating many a Tear

If you haven’t heard the story visit this link to hear what happened: http://www.ksby.com/videos/local-ffa-student-s-steer-set-on-fire/

It brings tears to my eyes to see that animals are being burned for no reason, but to make some sort of a point of which I cannot make sense. It hurts to know that some kid worked hard with their animal so that they might have a chance to show and then someone has to go and burn it. It is not only that, but pure animal cruelty. Farmers and FFA and 4-H members typically take care of their animals to the point they are considered family. These kinds of people are consistently tending to their livestock and making sure that they are in the best health and environment every day. Many of these kids who have livestock projects, such as this steer, become not only a project but a friend. It hurts to know that a young steer had to suffer this kind of cruelty and pain. It also hurts to know that some kid now has to feel the hurt of not being able to work with their project and possibly not be able to show. I feel for the steer and the trauma he had to endure. There is going to be a long road to recovery.

I don’t believe that setting a steer on fire is a good way to release a message or get revenge. This kind of cruelty is just uncalled for. I have been in the livestock industry since a very young age and so I know how cut throat some people can get when it comes to show time. However, I never believed any of that or drama was worth it. Nobody is perfect we all make our mistakes. Although going about the show industry in a honest manner will get you further along than cheating. Harming someone or someone’s animal is always to an extreme that is simply not needed. There is no since to put anybody through that sort of pain and misery.

I pray that the FFA member and his steer have a safe recovery and they are able to look ahead at brighter things to come down the road.

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What better way to warm up than with some Potato Soup

It’s that time of year again! The weather is turning off cooler and what better way to take off the chill than a nice bowl of potato soup. I had a bowl this past weekend and sure was delicious and definitely hit the spot. It is also an excellent way to support our farmers!

If you would like to enjoy a nice bowl of potato soup the recipe is as follows:

Potato Soup

Time: around 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large potato, per person

1/4 cup chopped onion, per person

1/4-1/2 cup milk or 1/4-1/2 cup half-and-half or 1/4-1/2 cup cream

salt and pepper, to taste

cubbed Velveeta cheese

bacon, fried and diced

Directions:

Peel and cube potatoes.

Put in a saucepan along with the onions.

Add water, but don’t quite cover the potatoes.

Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until all of the potatoes are very tender.

Add enough milk or cream to thin to desired thickness.

Add cheese, bacon, salt and pepper to taste.

It also goes well with a few crackers and garlic cheese biscuits.

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The American Royal

It is that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about? The American Royal! This is the first year for several years I have not drove to Kansas City to participate or even observe. It feels different I must say to not be taking part in this wonderful livestock show and expo, but I enjoy hearing the feedback. I have many friends in the show industry, so I have been keeping my tabs through them as to how it is going. I love how livestock showers come from all around the nation and show against and with one other. I remember when I use to show there how awesome of a feeling it was to meet showers with the drive like me from across the United States.

The American Royal is a great opportunity for people with a passion for livestock to exhibit them and see how they stand up against the livestock from other states. It is not only to compete, but a way to make contacts and new friends. The rush you get is unlike any other. Like I said before it is a great opportunity. I wish anyone who is able and enjoys livestock to go and check it out!

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Farm Life Blessings

As fall settles into Midwest Missouri many things come to an end as the warmer weather moves out. However, the farmer carries on with his and her duties. There are still chores to be done and plans for the coming winter to be made. Therefore, I find that this is a good time for me to reflect on some of the things I love most about life on the farm. Some of the top five things include the following:

Calving and kidding season: I love to see what several months of waiting has finally brought into the world. I thoroughly enjoy watching all the little ones run and play with each other. I also like to watch them grow and see how they turn out. There are always surprises in the way they can turn out/ look and so there is never a dull moment.

Cattle

Hay season: This on may come as a shock since there is a lot of work and labor that goes into putting up hay, but you can’t beat the smell of fresh cut hay. Bucking bales (square bales) also helps keep a person in shape, so there is more than one benefit.

Nature: This one plays a big role in my life. I love to sit on the front porch and listen to the nature. You can hear the crickets, frogs, coyotes, owls, and many more. I also enjoy walking through the fields and woods and seeing the wildlife that it contains. I can stand in one spot for several moments at time just simply admiring them.

Summer: I love going to stock shows and farm shows. I greatly enjoy showing livestock as well observing. I like to keep up on what consumers in the livestock industry are currently looking for and the qualities that are want in their livestock. It is also interesting to follow the different blood lines. Another fun time is riding horses, fishing, and playing in the creeks and ponds.

Sunrises, sunsets, and stars: I like living in the country where you can look up at the sky at night and see the stars. I also like to see the sunrises and sunsets. There isn’t much to block out the beautiful colors. You can sun rise and fall over the land. It is a beautiful image like a painting across the sky.

These are just a few of the many blessings I have while living on a farm in the country. My heart feels at home and there is nowhere else I would rather be. It sure is a peaceful place and one that I hold most dear.

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2013 Ozarks Fall Farm Fest

The Ozarks Fall Farm Fest was held this past weekend on October 4-6, 2013. FarmFest is an annual event that is held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. This event offers a variety of farm related objects from livestock and trailers to tractors and balers. There are many outdoor and indoor exhibits there to view as well.

One of the main exhibits is the livestock that breeders bring in to be sold or are just on display to be used as advertisement. There were many livestock species there including horses, cattle, goats, sheep, rabbits, dogs, and swine. Another main focus point for many was the variety of tractors and farm equipment. There were many brands available to view from John Deere to Kubota. Along with this there were automatic waterers, tools, trucks, truck beds, trailers, chutes, gates and panels. Indoors there were also many venders that were advertising anything from animal health products, fencing products, western wear, feed, and much more. If it is related to agriculture more than likely it was there.

I personally had a booth set up trying to sell some goats, western tack, and swine feed additives. It was nice to meet with people and get to know other breeders in the industry. However, it was a cold two days there was a good turn out each day. If you have never been to FarmFest and are interested in agriculture I highly suggest you check it out next year. I enjoy going each year. It helps me keep up with the latest trends and find out what may be new in the agriculture sector. There is a great variety of agriculture items and it is a lot of fun to see.

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Agriculture Awareness on Missouri State University Campus

As part of a class project we were assigned to do an around two minute video about agriculture. This video is one that Mike Herbst and I created. We were located on the Missouri State University campus near the court yard. There are many things all around us every day that goes back to agriculture. In the video you can see just some of the things on the MSU campus that relates to agriculture like the trees, buildings, food at the food court and cafeteria, and even the wildlife. Agriculture is the backbone of our everyday life and it is a way of life we should all be interested in supporting. This industry supplies the lumber for your home, the food and beverages on your tables, and some agriculturalists have played a part in raising and breeding your family pet/livestock. Agriculture is also one of the oldest industries and continues to thrive as we all need it to survive. I am a big supporter of the agriculture industry and what it has to offer. I hope others will be too. I also hope if you do not fully understand the industry to look into the true facts behind the industry and operations before believing everything you hear.

“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

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A Country Girl’s Passion

I have an extreme passion for livestock and the country way of life. Kickin’ it in the sticks is what I enjoy the most. It is off the beaten path down an old dirt road where I enjoy life. It is away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city streets. It is here that I enjoy working on the farm and watching wildlife. I enjoy seeing the stars above me at night and my sky line contains nothing trees and pastures. Don’t get me wrong, it is not an easy life but it is my life that I love. I enjoy waking up in the morning and watching the sun creep up over the pastures and hay fields and going out to feed and check on the livestock. I like to keep busy and work hard and after a hard day’s work sit and enjoy the peace and serenity found in the country.

Livestock has also always held a special place in my heart from the moment I was born. I enjoy working with them and creating that unbreakable bond and loyalty for one another. I was showing horses by the time I was two. I was never afraid of the massive amount of animal underneath me, because we had that bond and trusted each other. This is the same for when I got into the goats. You learn the animals’ individual personality. I enjoy watching the young livestock grow and eventually prove their full potential. It is one of the most exciting things. It is this kind of passion I have for livestock.

Since I was two I have greatly enjoyed showing livestock at the local to national shows. It is not about the ribbons or the awards to me, it is more about the experience and lessons learned from them. Growing up with livestock I have learned many qualities that can help in any position in life. Livestock can really teach you a lot about life and yourself if you slow down enough to stop and realize it. I have done well in the show ring, but it is the outside work that has taught me the most and the contacts that I have had to opportunity of making.

For those of you that may not understand where I am coming from I encourage you to take a drive to the country. I hope you find the peace that I find while there. There is nothing that can replace the quiet of country field or riding a horse across the land. This is where my heart is.

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