The Beauty of Life

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go the Beef Facility at the University of Illinois campus to work on some promotional media for the college. While I was there I had the opportunity to take some snap shots of the spring cow/calf pairs who were just recently brought to pasture. There is nothing more beautiful to me than watching healthy cows and baby calves roaming in lush green grass. (No matter what color they are) If I was able I probably could have stayed out there all day long roaming around. It makes me miss home. 

From the time I could walk and before, I was all about cows. Visitors would be impressed as they toured the farm and 5-year old Emily could tell them the name of every cow in the pasture and sometimes part of the pedigree. Whenever dad couldn’t find me he would have to start searching in the pasture to see which baby calf I was trying to tame, or which cow pie I was putting my pink rubber boot footprint in. I guess what I am trying to say is that sitting out in the pasture and just watching cows graze and babies calves frolic about is one of life’s little beauties that is worth taking the time out of your day to pause and enjoy. So many times so many things are overlooked in our busy days and we blow on to the next thing. It’s when I have the opportunity to stand, sit or lay out in the pasture surrounded by healthy cows and baby calves that I remember the beauty of life and beauty of the earth in the small things. To help show what I am talking about here are some snapshots I took yesterday… Enjoy 🙂

Curious Babies

Fencepost View

Funny Faces

Hide and Seek


It’s That Time of the Year

"Clifford", bull, calf

Clifford the Little Red Bull 2

What time is that you may ask? IT’s calving season!!! One of my favorite times of the year, partially because I am the one at school and not losing hours and hours of sleep, but seriously, I love see all the new show prospects and herd builders born every year. So far, we have had around 20 calves with 5 of them being white calves (which is the most we have had in a long time). This calving season is also particularly exciting because we are having the first calves out of our new bull from Canada…Muridale Bonanza. It will be exciting to watch his progeny grow and to see what they will offer to our herd.  We are also having the first calves out of some A.I. sires we used including: Ace of Diamonds and Captain Obvious. I was lucky enough to get to go home for 24 hours last weekend to see the babies we had and get to take some photos so I will attach those below. However, we have just began our calving season and still have a long ways to go… I hope it continues to go well for my family..

I should also include the story of Clifford the Little Red Bull 2. Last summer, we had this little red bull calf that my younger cousin, Cole, began to love. He was very gentle and as a result became named Clifford the Little Red Bull. However, my uncle did not name the bull calf that when he registered him which made his grandson very angry. Cole helped with Clifford all summer at the shows and Clifford became the “family pet”. His easy going mannerism made him an automatic favorite of the bulls in our show string. At the end of the fall Clifford was sold to a couple in Illinois to become their new herdsire. Upon hearing about this Cole became very upset and as a result he made Uncle Big Ron and Grandpa Tom to promise him the next little red bull calf could be named Clifford. Well it just so turned out that the next little red bull calf was Clifford half brother. Cole is very excited about Clifford the Little Red Bull so it was only appropriate to get some pictures of him. He is already fairly lovable and I imagine he will follow his brothers footsteps nicely. Prepare to hear more about Clifford the Little Red Bull.

Cole

Cole, owner of Clifford

"Muridale Bonanza", bull, calf

First calf out of new herdsire, Muridale Bonanza

The Beginning of An Entertaining Journey

Well, here goes something, I have been thinking about starting a blog for sometime now and today I had to make one in my AgCom class so why not get with it. In this blog, I plan to enlighten the world about my journey as a Shorthorn enthusiast and your everyday Illinois Farm girl. I hope to share my passion for agriculture, cattle, my family and the Lord with those who would like to listen. Hope that you enjoy!

God Bless,
Emily