Posts Tagged With: Farm

That Time Of Year

I am not a person that greatly cares for the cold weather, but as it starts to creep into Southwest Missouri I must confess to myself that fall/winter has officially stated to make its home here for a while. The only thing I absolutely love about fall and winter is all the babies being born. I always look forward to the next calf. That anxious feeling not knowing if you are going to get a bull or heifer… this year I was surprised by a tiny little heifer calf. Although, do not let the tiny part full you, she is catching up to the calves that were born weeks ahead of her. I love watching them grow and showing him the following summer. It is such an amazing experience! When we are done have calves, we move right on into kidding season. Although the goats do require more care than the cows, your heart cannot help but melt once you have seen their little faces. I always enjoy watching the kids grow up and even though I cannot keep them all, it is a great feeling to help out 4-H and FFA members with their projects and watching them win with stock I produced. Even though I have had to decrease my herds due to college and not having time for large herds, it still keeps me busy. So for all those people out there like me, just try to keep focused on the bright and enjoyable times about this part of the year and before we know it the sun will be out and shinning and it will be WARM!Croped

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Ozark Fall FarmFest

This past weekend I participated as C – D Ranch (Co-owned with my twin sister) at the Ozark Fall FarmFest that is held at the Ozark Empire fairgorunds in Springfield, Missouri. FarmFest has been held for over thirty years and runs Friday through Sunday from nine in the morning to five at night. Each year there are over seven hundred and fifty exhibits covering all kinds of farming and ranching needs (anything from livestock to equipment). What makes this event even better is that admission and parking is completely FREE! Nothing beats that these days (http://farmtalknewspaper.com/ozarkfallfarmfest/x546173799/Ozark-Fall-Farmfest?keyword=topstory).

I took Boer goats and a Nubian doe to FarmFest to be on exhibit and for sale. The first day, Friday (Oct. 4, 2013), it was warm and sunny out. I had several FFA visitors come through and we talked about the goats and discussed the industry. However, many just stopped by for candy and to look what to see was on display. I personally feel that the FFA is starting to dwindle in agriculture knowledge, as many walked around not knowing a clue about any of the animals. I feel like it’s important for these new agriculture teachers entering the teaching world to inform these kids on everything there is to know. I have so many friends going into this field and I hope that they start impacting the FFA students and making them more knowledgeable about the agriculture industry.

On Saturday (Oct. 5, 2013) it turned off rainy and cold. Although it was not a very pleasant day, I still had a good crowed come through. Towards the end of the day I even got a serious inquirer on one of our Fullblood doe. I hope to get a call later in the week. When Sunday (Oct. 6, 2013) rolled around the weather improved some, but it stayed fairly chilly outside. This did not seem to slow the crowds down though. We had several people come thorough and ask about our does. I feel like it was a successful FarmFest, even though the weather was not that great. It was a great time, I hope to make some sales from being there, and I look forward to being there next year!

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Social Media Helping A Business

In my PR in Ag class last week Lynzee Glass from Ozarks Farm and Neighbor came in to talk to us about some of their struggles with social media. The Ozarks Farm and Neighbor is a farm and livestock oriented paper with an estimated 58,000 readers. The paper reaches out to farmers throughout southwest Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Their average readers are males with an age range of 35-64. Their average reader also often runs a cow/calf operation on about 329 acres.

Some forms of social media that Ozarks Farm and Neighbor utilizes are their website, Facebook, and Twitter. They first introduced their website as they noticed that many people of younger generations utilized the internet to learn about new information and news more than picking up an actual paper. Through their website they put small excerpts from their paper so that people may want to read the whole story and then buy a paper. Today they now offer an online version of their paper as well as the actual paper itself. Then in 2009 they joined Facebook. This allowed them to be able to reach a wider audience and get noticed by more people. However, this was a slow to grow due to the lack of posts and the small staff being able to keep up with everything. However, in 2011 that changed to where there are now more and more posts being made. These posts can contain information from their paper as well as other information they want to inform their readers about. They can also give timelier news updates as that can be updated every day rather than every three weeks. Then in the summer of 2013 they joined Twitter. Twitter is another way for the Ozarks Farm and Neighbor to be able to reach other forms of people as well as organizations. Sometimes they tend to promote a few breed associations in their paper due to some of the farmers stories they write, so this gives them away to show the organizations what they do for them and be able to connect with them.

Social Media has not changed their way of business by a substantial amount as most of their readers still get the actual paper. However, it has helped them to be in front of the public and branch out to a younger generation of readers. It also helps in a tremendous about to be able to connect with associations and possibly be recognized through them as well. They are also able to give out more timely information through the social media route as well as get more timely feedback from their readers. In addition to this they can also post some things on these sites that may not be otherwise posted in their paper.

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Blessed

You look around and think your life just stinks. Everything seems like it hits all at the same time and you wonder when will it slotremor & chey editedw down. In August, on my birthday weekend, I lost our Boer buck that I had just bought a year ago due to a brain abscess that had busted. He had been the best buck I ever owned and had pushed our herd to a new level in a little amount of time. The beginning of the next month my car died on the way to college, which is an hour away from the farm. It’s those kinds of days where you just wonder what else could possibly go wrong.

Then when you least expect it you hear of other people in an even worse predicament. Due to medical problems a woman is unable to go outside. She has stayed in her house for about five or so years, except for when she needs to go back to the doctor. When I hear these things it makes me realize my life could be way worse than it is. Growing up on a farm and always having something to do or take care of, I would not know what to do with myself if it all was stripped from me and I was ordered to stay in a confined space for the rest of my life. You start realizing that all the little/simple things in life make up for what tough things have happened. Obviously a buck is replaceable, a car can be fixed, but when it comes to bigger issues, its ones that make you take a step back and rethink your original thoughts. I am lucky for the life I live, even if it does “stink” sometimes. I have a loving family, boyfriend (and his family) that are always there for me, and my animals which regularly keeps me on my toes… what more could I possibly ask for?

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