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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Finding the Differences

 

It is amazing to me the vast geographic differences we have in our country. We truly do live in America the Beautiful.  These differences were brought to our attention again on July 23rd when our farm was honored to be included in the Where’s the Beef tour for the National Association of Extension Agents.
Carla Gilmore Welcoming the tour attendees
 
 It was so nice to meet people involved in agriculture from all over our great country.  A total of 19 states were represented on the tour. 
Tables all ready for lunch
Gizmo Angus was the lunch stop, Ronnie and I along with Carla and Jacob cooked up some Beef Brisket, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, and Baked Beans, Rolls and sweet Tea and topped if off with some banana pudding for desert. 
We asked some of our local FFA youth (Mitchell Singleton, Trever Singleton, Haley Weaver and Courtney Weekley) to help us out with serving the meal along with my good friend Barbara Reynolds they did a wonderful job getting everyone fed. 
Thankful for great FFA programs and willing FFA members!


 
After lunch attendees loaded up on trailers for a quick tour of the farm. Ronnie drove one of the tractors while Mike manned the other Jacob and I were the tour guides on the wagons.  
 
Mitchell handled the overflow
 
One of the things that was of great interest to a number of folks from the northern states was the shade screens located in our pastures. 
 
 

 Many of these folks had never seen shade screens before, and wanted to take pictures.  I started thinking about our trip to Montana several years back, when I saw my first calving shed, and yes I took pictures.  
 
 
We don’t have much need for calving sheds in Florida but they sure don’t have much need for shade screens in Montana.  The vast differences we have in environment and how each of us adapts to our individual environments is a testament to the tenacity of the farmer.  It is also a testament to the adaptability of our cattle.  One of the things I talked about on the tour was that we purchased cattle as embryos from Montana, we have also purchased cattle from out west.  The ET calves develop right along with the rest of our cattle you can’t tell much difference between western bred vs. Florida bred.  We have found that older cattle need some time to acclimate to their new and warmer environment. 

Over the years we have traveled to a number of farms and gone on various tours, we have never failed to learn something that will be beneficial to our operation.  No matter where we have gone we have always found that the people in production agriculture share so many of the same core values.  

No matter the differences in how we approach this industry the one constant we have found is the people.  The people that have chosen agriculture as a way of life are the salt of the earth.  I am so thankful that God has given us the opportunity to spend each day working and caring for His land.  Wherever your day takes you and however it ends, chances are it began with a farmer.



 

 

 
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Farm Sign

Well it has been a long time coming but we have finally put up and new farm sign.  I wish I had taken a picture of the old sign to show how it had faded out over the years but as usual I didn't think of it till the old sign had already been replaced with the new.  I tried my best to get the grandbabies to pose for me in front of the new sign it must have something to do with being two and 1/2 but the picture with the twins didn't work out all that well.  The first picture I actually got both the girls I just couldn't get them both on the same side of the old water tank.

 
The second photo Sydney had decided she wanted to come and see the camera.
 
Then Ella decided she wanted to do flips!
 
This project gave me a whole new respect for photographers!  Anyway we have a new farm sign and we have two really cute granddaughters that obviously could care less! 
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I am a farmer.


Hello, my name is Carla, Mrs. Debbie has mentioned me a few times in her past posts and I wanted to introduce myself. I am the daughter-in-law. The birther of the grand-babies. The city girl as my MIL has called me. I want to start writing some entries for our blog and it won't always be about cows, but about agriculture in general, about farmers, maybe even some recipes. Things I have learned while embracing this farm life. I wanted to give you a little insight about me first, so when you read my future post, you will understand where I may be coming from. 

 I didn't grow-up on a farm or knowing much about agriculture. I didn't participate in 4H or FFA.  I did, however, marry into a farming family. A cattle raising family. A family that has multiply generations of 4H and FFA. I married a farmer. 

 Now for those that have known me for many, many years, know I wanted out of this small town. I wanted a city life. I wanted to live in Birmingham or Atlanta or Jacksonville. I wanted to work for an advertising firm. I was determined that once I graduated from college I was moving. Well I moved out of my small town, Cantonment, FL, and went north about 12 miles to an even smaller town, Molino.  I got married roughly one month after my college graduation to a man that has a family business and a farm locally. A man that wasn't leaving his small town for a city.

For nearly nine years I have been a member of farm family. At the beginning of our relationship, and really for the first 6 or so years of our marriage, I wasn't all that involved in the farm. I would go out to the farm sometimes to check cows with Jacob, but to me I was looking at the same cow over and over. They were all big, they all smelled and they were all black. It wasn't until about 3.5 years ago that I started taking an interest. We got involved in our local Young Farmers and Ranchers program and then we had our babies. Twin girls. I decided then that I needed to embrace the agriculture life. I knew I wanted the girls to grow up on the farm. For them to love and appreciate agriculture, and to respect their elders, the animals, the weather, and the land. So now I embrace agriculture. 

Over the past year and half Jacob and I have served on the Florida Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Group for the state. It has opened my eyes to so much in farming and ranching. I am excited about it now. I have started spending more and more time at our farm learning about AIing, palpating, genetics, what makes one cow more appealing then another and so much more. 

That is just a snapshot of who I am and how I got to where I am.. I did not grow up on a farm, but now, I am a farmer. 

I look forward to learning more and sharing it with you. Until then I leave you with this: