The Cold

We have been holding average temperatures in the mid 30’s for the last few weeks and the Tulsa Area finally got a light dusting of snow last week. Not enough to build a snow man but definitely enough to cover the ground then melt into the earth within hours. Tuesday night was the annual Skiatook FFA Invitation show with a new record of 76 calves in attendance. After competing in the Hereford division Callie Mosley and I were able to take home Grand and Reserve Champion Hereford Heifers and our families couldn’t be more proud of us! Some of our greatest friends came to support while students from the Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Owasso, Dewey, and Skiatook Areas competed for Grand Champion Heifer, Steer, and Showman. Judge Corbin Cowles is a family friend who recently was named a National Livestock Judging Champion and we couldn’t be happier than to welcome him at our show. This morning the windchill was 14 degrees and our calves appreciated the fresh bales of hay as they broke the panels letting them into the barn and our newly stacked hay is now scattered along the ground. Just to clarify, dad wasn’t too happy. There is a possibility I left the gate open, but between you and I let’s just blame it on the cows! Our chapter is now getting ready for the Invitational Sheep and Swine show as well as the Local Show competing against our own chapter members. The cold weather and the amount of time being spent in the show barn preparing for different species on their way has resulted in wearing coveralls to school every day! My teachers think I look pretty stylish, especially my ag instructor who decided to twin with me!

– Agvocate in Action, KC

The Winter

Christmas has come and passed, we celebrated the brith of our Lord and Savior as well as new calves finally hitting the ground running. After some serious technical difficulties I fell out of touch with my blog, but now rising with so much more excitement, information, and memories to share with some of my closest peers, friends, and competition. Within the last month I attended the Advanced Leadership Development Conference listening to some of the most influential leadership speakers, interacting with FFA members from around the state, and spending quality time with my new found friends. The Skiatook FFA Chapter hosted our annual Christmas Party as well as Officer Bonding both filled with pajamas, classic Christmas movies, a big dinner, and the most important of all being surrounded with our FFA family. Now show season is upon us and some of our family members are still catching up on sleep after the Western National Stock-show in Denver, Colorado concluded this week. With Parker busy caught up in the college life and working with all kinds of show cattle in between dad has been pulling almost all the weight on the farm putting out the hay when it’s too cold for mom and I to get out or feeding late at night when we have school activities. Sickness struck our house causing a lack of will, and a loss of school. That being said I’ve had plenty of time to work on my speeches for the upcoming season. After grieving the loss of one of our herd starting cows yesterday I’m so excited to announce the birth of two new calves within the last few weeks. Two Hereford heifers who will grow up to be my last go round, my senior project, my last two FFA show calves! This weeks verse I have focused on happened to help shed light onto my feelings about all the upcoming events. “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” Psalm 126:3. These words speak life into me as I remember not to worry about the stress that is on it’s way concerning speech season, the competitions for CDE’s and show season. This also reminds me that I have many things to feel blessed about, thank you to my FFA family.

-Agvocate in Action, KC

The Giving of Thanks

We’ve had some big celebrations over the past couple of days, I celebrated my seventeenth birthday, my grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage, and Thanksgiving Day was spent with family and lots of delicious food. Though catching up with family was great, Parker was home from college for the week and we had a long list of things to get done. As temperatures have been falling the fireplace has been waiting for us to utilize it and we had the perfect tree ready to be cut. An old pecan tree was starting to die and leaning on the fence, with cattle in the pasture and the risk of them getting out it was time to chop it down. Though we don’t live off the grid it is still important to have firewood to heat the house. That tree made a rick of wood which will last us about a third of the way through the winter. While sitting by the fire I heard the faint sound of a cat, I quickly ran to the door and to my surprise saw two kittens and their mother laying on our front porch. This birthday present benefits not only me but our farm. These cats will stay in the barn to scare off and get rid of small rodents. That night I cleaned out the barn making a small bed for the new cats and the boys stacked the fresh load of feed getting ready for the jackpot season rush to kick in. Now that the house is warm and filled with family and food, the barns are clean and racks filled with wood our Grandpa prayed over the Thanksgiving meal appreciating his wife of 60 years and his granddaughter of 17 years.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours

-Agvocate in Action, KC

The First Freeze

After a week of rain the cold came in just in time to freeze the mud and require hot hands for the Friday night football game, and a Saturday morning of working calves. Saturday morning we got up roughly 20 spring born calves to give them Bovi-Shield Gold, a vaccination preventing IBR/BVD/PI3. BVD is an up and coming disease finding it’s home in many herds causing symptoms such as low conception rates, still born, and aborted calves. Due to management practices we have been fortune enough here at C3 to never have a positive BVD test on an animal in our heard, but some ranches are not as lucky. Though only 4% of cow-calf herds in Oklahoma have a PI positive animal it is not something to take lightly. Oklahoma State Univeristy came out with a recent study saying it cost nearly $24 per head to have a routine yearly vaccination preventing this disease, how much is that $24 worth to you? After a full day of working calves we’re glad to wrap up this week with an OSU cowboy win, then traveling to the Oklahoma Hereford Association banquet in Ardmore, Oklahoma. As it is now the week of Thanksgiving we say Grace thanking The Lord for the safety of our herd and for the great success and friendship gained through the Hereford Industry over the years.

-Agvocate in Action, KC

Welcome

It’s a season of change here at C3, we’ve traveled from stock-shows to FFA contests and conventions, calves are being born and the peppers have just been picked from the garden. As the first freeze is moving in and its almost thanksgiving we’re reflecting on the summer and all the great things God did within our family and farm. I was elected to serve my second term as the Skiatook FFA Chapter President. Parker won a State Proficiency and moved onto the highest level being a National Finalist in the Agricultural Sales Proficiency while also receiving his American FFA Degree. We had a class winning heifer at the Nation Junior Hereford show in Grand Island Nebraska and later placing as the Reserve Division Champion heifer at the Tulsa State Fair Open Show. Not only is it now entering the Holiday season but the season of breeding cows, when Parker is home from college the boys are busy every night catching calves who are ready for the A.I. process to begin. Needless to say we’ve been plenty busy, but it’s only just begun as the winter show season is near, fire wood needs to be cut, and it’s time to start writing speeches for the 2019 FFA speech season. I’m here to utilize this website to promote agriculture and all the great benefits our family are reaping from it as we’re growing as followers of Christ and agriculturalist. Stay tuned for more blog posts from your new website manager, Karstyn Cantrell.

-Agvocate in Action, KC