Kara Brirchacek will be sharing about her life on and off the farm over the next year as a Producer Progress Reporter for the Midwest Messenger. Her reports will appear biweekly starting this week.
If you surveyed a room of 10 people if they prefer sweet or salty food, the results would be as divided as when I asked local feed stores and cooperatives about whether to mix mineral with salt to supplement cattle.
I am coming up on four months post hip replacement on my left hip and three months on my right hip, often I am asked how I am doing. My answer is almost always that I am doing good, and I am amazed at how fast I am healing up. That is true but often probably understated. Just like the pain c…
Early fall is the time of year when, in addition to pregnancy-checking, cattle producers shore-up livestock immunity with vaccinations and deworming.
Rural residents are outpacing their urban counterparts in regards to inflation.
U.S. beef is being exported to the UK, but it’s a very tiny amount. The potential there is unbelievable, and the demand for U.S. product remains strong.
This time of the year is a challenge to get away... but I know how beneficial these missions are not only to us, but beef producers throughout the country.
In recent weeks, heat- and drought-related stress has extended to many of the region's soon-to-be harvested crops, including corn, sorghum, and soybeans, USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey said.
What happens when Jaclyn shares ranch life on YouTube? "People from all over the world reached out to comment. Most have never stepped foot on a ranch, but all of a sudden they were seeing how we raised beef."
"My two biggest takeaways from my summer on the ranch are to always keep an open mind, and that sometimes you have to fake it ‘til you make it."
The heat and wind have taken a toll on our little creek that used to run through our place. It has officially dried up like it did in 2012. The garden hose has gotten longer.
Well, it was one of those weeks. Sometimes life would be a heck of a lot simpler if it just went as planned, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to happen that way.
For everyone out there that has worked cattle at any time, I’m sure you are well aware the struggles of getting them into working pens once, not to mention the same working pens four times in two weeks.
At the Burbank family reunion, out of 22 living first cousins, 17 were able to make the journey.
When Dr. Ray Ward travels to the Nebraska State Capitol, he is not scanning the horizon for the city skyline. He sees the remnants of the moraine glacier and the diversity of the soils all around.
"We made our first bag of oats for the season. With the acres, we should have filled a 300-foot bag, but it made a bit more than half."
The Four-Legged Holy Terror was the star of the float in her lion mane. With her tan coloring and extremely long tail, the entire parade route was full of children and adults pointing her out.
“The positives of these types of grazing practices are healthier soil and increased diversity with grasses springing up that weren’t there before.”
"If there was a tractor working in the field we would know within seconds if it was red, green, blue or orange and if it was cultivating or perhaps baling hay. Yes, this farmer’s grandson knows his farming terms quite well."
Some of the non-irrigated small spring grains are already headed out and ready for harvest. In some cases, they are barely knee high.
One of the things I have heard about being a good cowman is the ability to listen to the cattle and let them tell you what needs to be done.
Livestock progress shows and county fair season has begun, and while everyone aspires to bring home that grand champion trophy or belt buckle, no one wants to leave the show carrying a zoonotic disease.
"I love the Fourth of July, and the number one reason is I love the patriotism of people. Why can’t we have that year round?"