We (unintentionally) have 2 bottle calves on our farm this year. Chuck, in the back of the photo, is a twin. We have had 3 sets of twins this year, but he is the only one who was rejected by the mother. Greg, on the other hand, is the product of a very traumatic birth for his mama, so she refused to accept him.
Yesterday was definitely “one of those days” on our farm.
Dad had been up since 5 am, we had multiple people in multiple tractors working
in multiple fields, and the high winds weren’t making anything easier. I headed
home around 7, made some dinner, and finally hit the couch to watch some TV at
8 o’clock. At 8:30, my Dad called me and said, “The bull broke through the
fence and we have a prolapsed heifer with a wet calf on the ground. You busy?”
HBO’s TV show VICE aired an episode on the topic of
genetically engineered crops late Friday night. If you’re like me and you only
have 4 TV channels, you didn’t watch it. Regardless, there are enough clips
online for you to get the jist of it if you’re interested. Since I didn’t watch
the full episode, I’m not going to sit here on my high horse and tear it apart
(because, man, don’t we hate it when people form their entire opinion based on
a headline without looking further into the facts?).
My story is a pretty typical farm kid story. I was born and
raised on a farm in northern Illinois where my family raised mainly corn,
soybeans, hogs, and cattle. Today, our farm has evolved and grown into Sanderson
Ag. My dad and brother still raise corn and soybeans, but now we also grow a
lot of cover crops, and we've been using the strip-till method to help improve
our soil health.