It’s taken all summer, but we finally have some mud in the pasture. The grass is bright green, and the cows are happy. It doesn’t take long to remember the drought that encompasses so much of the country though.
I’m in Arkansas today and seeing first-hand the worst of the drought in the cattle pasture. In case a few of you are longing to see the color so far gone, I thought I’d share with you today from Middle Tennessee.
Can you identify the tall, green grass in the photos?
Keep in mind, the rain will come in due time. It’s just a matter of sticking it out and making the best management decisions possible until that time comes.
“The stockman whose training has been solely in the school of experience often holds in light regard that which is written concerning his vocation. Let him remember the facts and truths are the same whether the repository is a book or the human mind. Held by the latter, all perish with the possessor; in keeping of the former, the whole world may be benefited.”
“On the other hand, novices usually underestimate the importance of experience, often thinking that by reading they can acquire the knowledge necessary in the prosecution of their business. That stock feeding is an an art and not a science, and that experience and judgement must rule in its successful conduct, is recognized in our books.”
“The eye of the master fattens his cattle.”
–W.A. Henry, 1898
Found this in one of my cattle nutrition books. Thought it was well worth the share. Hopefully it’ll give you something to ruminate on.
If you have to ask why I’m reading books from the early 1900s on livestock nutrition… Well, it’s an #AgNerd thing. You wouldn’t understand! Haha… Have a great weekend!
I realized yesterday that it might be important to capture a ‘working’ photo of myself, to prove that I actually do work with cows, give guest lectures, and enjoy doing ranch work. Only, there’s a problem – I’m always the one behind the camera. That, or working by myself. It’s not that I just want to show off what I do, but these might be important when it comes to publishing some print material or more professional appearances. I mean, sure I can show ya tons of photos of my cattle, horses, and the places I’ve been, but not very many to show me actually working.
I do have a few shots, but they’re not very printable.
Like this one with a foal back in undergrad. This incident was fun finding triplets, but not a very good photo.
This photo made sure to get my good side while tagging a calf.
This is the last day of classes! Barring two final exams at the end of next week, I have survived my first semester of graduate school! But in classic fashion, as soon as there is something to celebrate, something else goes wrong…
I walked into the office at 7 this morning to get some work done before everyone else got here. I have a 20-minute presentation due today, so when I went to do a final check before submission, I found that the audio recording did not save. Only static. *Beats head on desk, Palm to face*
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
On the bright side, I really enjoyed some work away from the desk yesterday. I joined a few of my fellow repro phys graduate students to flush embryos from cows. Then we transferred these fresh embryos to recipient cows and froze the extras. After I finish with classes, I have a series put together to explain many of the reproduction management techniques we use with cattle. So feel free to ask your questions in the comments below so I can be sure to answer them in later posts. For now here’s a few shots from my day (Thanks to Jessy for the photos!)