Josh and I liken watching our cattle graze in the pasture to watching beautiful fish in a fish tank. It's peaceful and relaxin'. That's how we wind down from the stresses of life... there is nothing a gator ride to go sit among our cattle (and end up givin' a pet or ten to the favorite socialites of the herd) won't fix.
We had the Coop agronomist out last week to help identify weeds and determine the next step in building a better pasture. We have spraying and planting to do!! We have a bizarre weed that we couldn't get immediately identified, so it was sent over to the local extension office for some help. If you aren't utilizing your local extensions offices and your local Coop, then you are missing out. They are a wealth of knowledge. We do a lot of business with the Rutherford Coop group- more specifically the Woodbury and Smithville locations. Those guys and gals are always so helpful and willing to come out and assist us with whatever we need or put us in touch with someone that can.
If you remember from my last post, we started the farm from scratch. We have spent the last couple of years trying to establish our pastures with fescue and legumes for protein by fertilizing, liming and trying to eliminate the harmful weeds to the cattle. We practice rotational grazing here on the farm, which allows the paddocks rest time between grazings. We have approximately 10 acres in each paddock and rotate the cattle to a different paddock each week.
We have been in the planning phases for a new working shed to vaccinate/treat and halter break our animals. This will be sooooo nice to have to keep us and the animals more comfortable and out of the weather and sun.
Mr. Eric Walker came to visit us last Friday and we had such an enjoyable visit. Learned a lot and we are excited to get to his sale Labor Day weekend. He always has beautiful animals up for sale. If you haven't already, check out his sale catalog for this years sale! http://www.reedent.com/midwest/catalogs/walker/walker.html
Well that is the low down of what's going on here on the farm. We have been all about pasture maintenance. Stay tuned for more updates!
Hey Y'all!! This is our first post for the new and improved website. I'm going to use this section of the website to let you all know what is going on here at Ridgetop Farms!
If you have driven by the farm lately, you have noticed the dozer and the clean up we have been doing on the old Ferrell Farm. We purchased this farm in 2012 and have started it from scratch. I'd love to say that we started with a blank canvas but we had a lot of clean up to do first.
There were no usable fences or barns for storing hay or equipment, We have had to clean out old fence lines, remove 2 old barns that were fallen in, clean out tree lines and plant pastures. We have built a hay barn with the help of TAEP and also built a storage barn . Ramsey Fences installed all new fencing for us and installed waterers.
The farm has really grown and turned into a beautiful place over the last four years. We are really proud of the land and the animals.
We have been working on our breeding plan for this winter and next spring!! This past spring we AIed some beautiful heifers to On Target S22 and S100. I'm especially thrilled to see those new On Target S22 calves. We also bred another group to Revolution 4R. We have been purchasing and collecting some prized bull semen for this winter and next spring. We are really excited about the future calf crop's potential.
Well that's all for now! Stay tuned for more to come!
Hi! I'm Bethany/Beth Mansfield. I maintain our website, Facebook page, Instagram account, and twitter feed. I'm a mother to two little cowboys that live for life on the farm with our Herefords.