In 2014, it cost $879 to run a cow, compared to $852 in 2021. In 2022, it will be up by more than $100 per cow to $963.
"It is important to know what is on the shelves of the box store and what’s being served at restaurants so you know if the price being asked is appropriate."
The cost of fencing has gone sky high. As for the price of insulators, let’s just say I make a much greater effort to locate them when they are knocked off the post.
"It was a sight worth a million words to watch her caring for that calf. It’s one of those moments that made me love the livestock industry even more."
“It’s kind of like my mid-life crisis is trying so many things on the farm before my time runs out.”
"Sunrises and sunsets here continue to be my favorite part of the day. ... That’s a great reminder for me that everything is temporary. What feels big in one moment is gone in the next, and each season brings something different for us."
Michael Thompson and his brother Brian were told there wasn’t a future for them at Thompson Farm & Ranch. However, the avid learner and experimenter knew there had to be a different (and more profitable) way to grow crops and raise cattle.
"I pulled onto the highway, and once I had gone about a quarter of a mile I saw smoke billowing from the back end of my passenger side." After which, Jaclyn vows to take the weekends off.
The first few days of harvest is almost like Christmas morning, except it requires many trips to town with a coffee can or ice cream bucket full of grain.
"I had a reader inform me that “Americans are spoiled.” If spoiled means I’m stressing over trying to run a successful business instead of having the government do it for me, I’ll wear that badge."
On the farm, outdoor cats come and go as frequently as the Nebraska wind. On occasion we are blessed to have certain cats stay for extended periods, but more likely than not our feline friends are here for a year or two and then poof! They’re gone.
There is nothing more miserable than not being able to harvest when the weather is good. It’s kind of like being grounded when you were a kid.
Starting out as Stock Auctions in 1984, BigIron Auctions has grown into one of the biggest names in online auctions.
From a Mediterranean Equestrian Tour to an Irish sale barn, Jaclyn's time away from the ranch is never spent far from livestock.
It froze hard last week – and I’m glad. I knew it was coming because in the days before the great chill I’d been dealing with all kinds of creepy-crawlies trying to find a way into my house when I’d much prefer they stay outside and die a seasonal death.
"Harvest is a bittersweet time for me. As much as I enjoy harvest, Dad loved it even more. ... This year marks the fifth year he has not been on the combine."
With drought plaguing large swaths of Nebraska and Kansas, the latest winter forecast is offering little certainty that relief is on the way.
Midwest Messenger correspondent Barb Bierman Batie and her husband, Don, recently returned from nine days in Europe where they visited farming friends in four countries. All were impacted by severe drought this summer. She shares their first-hand crop report.
Singing silly songs around a glowing campfire. Overcoming fears zip lining through a forest of trees. Overlooking the Sandhills from a 50-foot lookout tower.
“We’re hoping to catch snow with it this winter,. You know farmers, we’re eternal optimists.”
I’ve been on a tangent lately. It happens occasionally, so it should really come as no surprise.
Did you ever have one of those days when everything was going well? Maybe too good, and you just kept waiting for the other shoe to drop?
I am in the middle of my fall calving season. It is amazing how much different fall calving is, especially checking the cows in a t-shirt or waiting for it to cool off before you check them. Of course, you pay for that advantage by feeding the little buggers all winter.
A volunteer firefighter has died in the line of duty while battling a 15,000 acre wildfire in the Bessey Ranger District of Nebraska National Forest.