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BQA Program

Hello everyone! It has been some time since I have made my last blog post. This week’s post is dedicated to the BQA Program.

 

The BQA Program has helped our farm in numerous ways. Both Kevin and I have our BQA certification and we share a common understanding of herd health, handling techniques, and the overall daily operations on our cattle farm. The BQA Program has worked hard to invest in the cattle industry to not only educate farmers, the general public, and the consumer but they have promoted the industry while doing so. When I hear the letters “BQA”, I think of a strong program that invests time, money, and energy into making the cattle industry the best that it can possibly be. This program has expanded our record keeping skills and increased our general management practices. As a cattle farmer, I try to use my “BQA Brain” as I make decisions on my farm related to management, records, herd health, or breeding. I am proud that when I sell my product whether that be a show heifer, a herd bull, or a side of beef that I can advertise that our farm is BQA Certified. This also allows the opportunity to share with others that are not familiar with BQA and help them understand the techniques that we implement on our farm that other farms may not do. As an agriculture educator, I thrive to educate my students about the BQA Program and the many benefits we have received on our farm from being involved in such an unique program. I have taught my students that is an unique program because not only does it benefit the cattle farmer, the cattle, and the industry but it benefits the consumer as well. In conclusion, BQA can be used as a guideline, expectation, or even a marketing tool depending on how you choose to use the program in your cattle operation. We are thankful for the impact that this program has made on our cattle farm and throughout the industry.

 

BQA No’s:

  • Never vaccinate in other area besides the designated upside down triangle in the neck region of the animal.
  • Never mix all your vaccinations together to reduce injection sites.
  • Never give a vaccination and fail to give the booster (3-4 weeks later or as recommended)
  • Never use a needle on more than 10 animals.
  • Never leave medicine that is supposed to refrigerator out to get warm/hot.
  • Never fail to record what treatments, vaccinations, and etc that were given to each animal.
  • Never bring a new animal into your herd unless it has been isolated from the herd for 21-28 days.

*More information can be found at the following website.

http://beefmagazine.com/beef-quality/why-bqa-important-you

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Merry Christmas from Circle R Cattle Company

Well, its that time a year again. Time for family, friends, trees, sweets, candy canes, presents, pine cones, christmas lights, and of course calving season. Kevin and I are enjoying this time of year. I am enjoying a break from work to be here on the farm and get things done around here.

So far on my break, I have worked in my sheep pasture on the fence lines, cleaned out the shop, and ran a few farm errands like getting lamb show feed and fencing supplies.

We also just got a new heifer on Friday from Bramblett Angus in Hartwell, Georgia. This is a picture of her from this morning trying to see if there was anything left in the bucket. Unfortunately for her there was not.

 

We also have had a rooster living on the farm for the past month, but I have him sold and

he will be leaving here in two days. We will miss ya, Bandit Earle.

 

 

 

 

Sweets, yes, I have been in the mood to cook! I created these lovely cinnamon sugared pecans yesterday for my hubby and his co-workers.

 

 

 

Lastly, the sweet and perfect ornament to add to my tree given to me by a sweet ag science student.

 

Don’t get bogged down in the rush of the season, but instead celebrate the reason for the season. The birth of our Lord Jesus and the miracles he has done in your life and will continue to do for years to come.

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Calving Season Among Us

Greetings from Circle R! The Thanksgiving holidays are upon us which means for us that calving season is among us. So far we have two baby calves. The first one was born about a week ago before he was moved to our farm, Clem, a black bull Angus calf. But the FIRST calf on Circle R was born yesterday. The  heifer calf, Bluebelle, is found in the picture below.

We have four other mama cows that are pregnant that should be calving in the next two weeks. Some of the cows are springing up, swelling in their vulvas, and forming a full udder.

The heifers are excited about taking it easy on the farm and taking a break from the stock show life.


Happy Thanksgiving to  your family from ours! Remember to be thankful for the wonderful ranch and farm life that God has blessed us with. Not everyone is as blessed as we are!

 

Ephesians 5:20

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

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October’s Showers of Blessings

Over the course of the past few weeks we have had many showers of blessings. Okay, so I cannot forget about all the actual showers we have had too.

In the month of October, we had some exciting times at cow shows. Our heifers have matured and filled out more. Addy, my favorite, a Momentum heifer, won reserve grand champion at the Union County fair. She and the showman, Dustin Collier are pictured below.

 

At the Upchurch Angus sale, we averaged $4,050 on bulls, $4,700 on bred cows, and $3,200 on open heifers. Great results for Circle R/Mondanock Ranch/Upchurch Angus. We took our nephew, Ben to the sale in Alabama with us.

SC State Fair went well also, we hadthree angus heifers in the show. Addy and Missy were in the top half of their class.

 

Lastly, we had a beautiful baby niece born to my sister-in-law, Christine and her husband Brian. The baby girl is named Anna Claire (AC).

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Not just your average cattle sale

This weekend we will be attending a cattle sale in Lineville, AL at Upchurch Angus Farm. Jason and BriAnna Upchurch are one of our cattle partners along with my father-in-law, Marc Renwick. We will be exhibiting and showing cattle at a local county show this Friday night. Then we hope to get a few hours of sleep before heading to Alabama.

We have five bulls and five females in the sale in conjunction with the Upchurch’s. The feature bull is listed as Lot 1. He is Upchurch Everlasting 253 MR and a bull that is owned by the Renwick’s as well as the Upchurch’s. I like this bull for numerous reasons. First of all, he has a low birth weight (-0.7) and high calving ease direct (+9) which makes he great for virgin heifers as well as adult cattle. He is also a great bull to add pounds to your herd with a WW EPD of +67 and YW EPD of +103. We will be selling 2016 spring possession and 1/3 semen interest. He has already produced high quality semen and we already have some of his calves on the ground.

The females are sired by Resource, Priority, Volume, Nationwide, and Grass Master. The yearling Resource heifer is as fancy as you’ll find in the Southeast. Two sisters to our herd sire Upchurch Volume 422 MR SCC are also featured that would make great additions to any herd.  If you’re looking for practical, predictable genetics, without sacrificing performance, you have found the place!

If you have any questions feel free to call or email us with questions!

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. Pslam 50:10

http://upchurchangus.com/pdf/Upchurch_Catalog2015_web.pdf

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Bright Industry–even on a cloudy day

The rain has been coming down for 4 days now. Totaling approximately 4 inches or so on the farm. This is good for the grass in our pastures. However, it has been too wet to do much of anything. We spent the weekend at a cow show, Anderson County Show. We visited with friends and family there.

As things have been slow on the farm due to the weather, it makes me think about all the things that we still have yet to do. We are waiting on results for 7 soil samples. After we get those results we will begin treating the soil. We know lime will be needed, but other than that it is a guessing game until we see the soil analysis results.

Fall has officially arrived, the leaves are changing colors, the presence of the wind is strong, and the air is chillier than it has been in a long while. Fall is my favorite season for some many reasons. Pumpkins, pumpkin spice, mums, pansies, leaves changing colors, football (clemson and OK State , of course), cattle shows, state fair, and  I could keep on going. I’m thankful for the opportunity to enjoy such a wonderful time of the year. But it will be gone before we know it. The preacher said this morning “13 Sunday’s until Christmas”. The next 13 weeks will be busy on the farm. We have a wide array of tasks to complete and we are excited to see what kind of progress we can make.

 

People in our area are just now starting to harvest their corn crops and get another crop in the ground. Cattle are being sold–just at a lower market price. Gas/fuel prices are decreasing and feed prices are doing their typical thing. The agriculture industry is still bright, even on this cloudy day.

I will end with this verse, “The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops” from 2 Timothy 2:6. Remember that through the rain, shine, bad days, good days, droughts, low market prices, and even high market prices to give all the glory and honor to God above that provides you with the opportunity to do something you love.

 

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Why farm, you say?

Some people ask why we farm. Some wonder why we would choose to spend our time and money doing things on the farm. We go to cattle shows, cow sales, agriculture meetings and conferences, farm shows and tours, and even our vacations (and honeymoons) revolve around farming.

The best way I can put it is that farming is in our blood. I wake up every morning and thank God that he allows me to be involved in the agricultural industry. Not only do I get to educate the future farmers of America, but I get to practice what I preach in class and I get to own a farm of my own.

I love reading ag magazines, surfing the web and social media to learn more about ag, and I even admit to having applications on my phone that relate to agriculture. My students will testify to how much of a nerd I am when it comes to ag.

Farming is not for everyone. In fact only a few percent of Americans are farmers. However you do not have to own livestock or poultry or farm at all to support the agricultural industry. Your food, clothing, and housing are all products of agriculture. You can be an advocate for agriculture no matter who you are and where you live.

Farmers are unique individuals that want to change the world day by day. We  do weird things like: get up before dawn, feed our animals before we feed ourselves, plan our day around the chores on the farm, and budget our finances so we can farm.

Farmers have the best job in the world. We get to spend each and every day with God and his creations. If that isn’t a perfect job then I don’t know what is.

Comment with reasons why you farm.

 

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Welcome to the farm

Good afternoon cattle folks! Over the past few weeks, Kevin and I have been very busy moving into our new house and working on fence. So far we about 80% of the fence work done. Whewww, what a relief. Fencing isn’t all that bad, but we are so anxious to get some black angus cows on the farm that we cannot stand it. We work on the fence on the weekends when we do not have cattle shows. We have three heifers that are being shown  at local and state shows this year. We enjoy going to the shows to watch the 4-H and FFA students and support them. I love blowing, clipping, grooming, and fitting show cattle!

We have enjoyed having our family and friends over to see our new home and farm. So far, my parents and grandparents, aunt and uncle have been over along with his daddy. Everyone loves our farm and they are all excited about this adventure. We hope to have cattle here on the farm in the next month. We have a lot of grass stockpiled for the cattle and know that they will love the farm as much as we do.

Not to mention all the demands of our jobs we have been busy around here. He was been doing training with his job  and I have been doing various FFA activities. My father and I took a group of students to Fountain Run, Kentucky to judge beef cattle at the CPC Field Day Judging Competition. Our team placed 2nd out of 46 4-H and FFA teams there. We also had the opportunity to tour the feed mill and livestock areas there as well.

We look forward to a week of more fencing, meetings, FFA functions, and a cow show this coming weekend. However, we are most excited about having our family friend and my second father, Mr. Tommy over for the weekend. Until next time, have a great week!

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