Sustainability means different things to different people. Farmers and ranchers are inherently focused on sustainability--if they don't take care of the land and the animals in a sustainable manner, it can't be passed on through the generations. One of the most important goals we have is to hand our ranch down to our kids.
In our area, we work hard to maintain and improve the Flint Hills and the native grass that grows here. If you are interested in how we work every day to improve the prairie, please take the time to watch this video. It talks about controlled burning of the prairie as an important tool to improve sustainability....and if you watch closely, you might catch me on the video! :)
Taking care of the grass is one of my passions! I've written about our work to preserve the tallgrass prairie before. If you're interested, check out my posts:
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The first step in vaccinating cattle is to get them all caught in a pen where you can handle them. So we push them up to our working pens between the barns, and put the mama cows in one pen, and the baby calves in another pen.
Calves receive different vaccines than cows. This is their first time to get shots, so they get a modified live vaccine for many different diseases--including respiratory disease, diarrhea, and other known bovine diseases.