Packaging Cattle Makes More Money

According to Progressive Cattle 2021 Beef Statistics, 81.3 percent of all U.S. cattle operations own between 1 and 99 head of cattle.  This number is down 5.9 percent from last year.  Thus, the vast majority of cattle operations are run by relatively small operators that typically supplement their cattle operation income with off the farm employment by one or two …

Cattle Chute Mat

I raise Beefmaster cattle, and I often use other cattle breeds as recipient cows.  Even though Beefmaster cattle are by nature a gentle breed, there are occasions when an animal will be shall we say “excited” to join the herd and tell them about what they experienced in the cattle chute.  It is during these times that I was concerned …

Say hello to Melody!

Melody, also known as ear tag number 4-21, to a “hard-core cowman”, is a heifer born February 22, 2021.  She came into this world weighing 106 lbs.  Above the average birth weight for a purebred Beefmaster.  She was the third animal that arrived in a 3-N-1 package purchase.  3-N-1 means I purchased her mother (Dam) with a calf by her …

Meeting a Batwing

Began prepping my hay fields after winter.  I used a 15’ batwing mower to mow 20 acres of leased pasture.  It was once a great field where cattle grazed and hay was produced, but the owner decided a couple of years ago to have the fences tow down.  Now it has old fence debris piled at various spots throughout the …

Feeding in Ice

Record-breaking cold temperatures today. Temperature in the teens with a wind chill factor.  Everyday occurrence for some locations but in Southeast Texas, people act as if the world is coming to an end. I made my daily trip to the farm to tend to the cows.  Driving up I was hopeful the tractor battery had not been pulled down by …

Information about Cullin Smith

Apparently, I have always loved cows.  My mom tells the story about my 6th birthday request being a drawing of a cow from a local kid’s show host known as “Cowboy John”.  Cowboy John sent a drawing of a horse with the note that his cow drawings were not as good.   Mom said I threw the drawing away with …