Here are a couple pictures of the weaned calves. They have spooked, but have not run away. The last couple of nights we have brought them into “jail” so they don’t get a wild hair in the night. The collage at the end is J greasing the feed wagon. Art is in the eye of a Ranch Wife.
I read a lot. Not just books and blog posts, but Agriculture industry publications too. In the last few days I have come across some interesting articles:
The South Dakota state veterinarian reported there have been 13,977 cattle verified as dead, 1,257 sheep and 287 horses. The major cause of livestock death was stress or shock. The extreme conditions of rain followed by harsh wind and wet snow were ideal for livestock to become hypothermic. Hypothermia caused their cardiovascular system to work in overdrive and elevate blood pressure in the lungs. As a result the lungs of livestock filled with fluid. Some livestock drifted into water (dams, creeks or rivers), others were trampled behind wind break shelters or buried in snow drifts. (Stress primary cause of S.D. cattle deaths during blizzard read in The Cattle Business Weekly)
Ranchers are still working towards recovery. People are dealing with financial issues, finding replacement livestock and disposing of carcasses. I have heard that a few producers recently found cattle lost during the storm.
According to this month’s Angus Journal, November is the 130th anniversary of the American Angus Association. The organization was originally known as the American-Aberdeen Angus Breeders’ Association and was established by cattlemen who assembled at Chicago’s Grand Pacific Hotel.
The Cattle Business Weekly ran an article about Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack. He recently spoke at Nebraska’s Rural Future’s Conference held by the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Lincoln. Secretary Vilsack made a point to share that rural America is the backbone to our country’s security. Sixteen percent of America’s population lives in non-urban settings. Forty percent of individuals that enlist in the military have rural roots.
On an economical scale, eighty-five percent of the poorest counties in America are predominantly rural. The countryside population is decreasing as young people can find more jobs and higher paying employment in urban areas.
Mr. Vilsack made expressed to attendees that Rural America needs to tell the story of agriculture. We need to tell our story, so the rest of the nation knows how important agriculture is to their everyday life. American’s need to have an understanding about research and how it affects them, how their food is produced and what type of environment animals live in.
There are a lot of things changing in our culture and lifestyles. It’s important for us to keep an eye on news headlines, advancements in technology and ag related research.