• General,  Products

    Choosing The Perfect Calf Blanket

    It only makes sense to use a calf blanket for babies during the winter months. We know that these calves need to stay warm and dry during damp, cold winter days. Not only do they need to be comfortable, but blankets will keep them healthier by increasing weight gain. In my past experience, blanketed calves noticeably gain a significant amount of weight versus non-blanketed calves. Here are some points to ponder when choosing the right blanket. 1. How durable is it? Blankets are an investment in the health of your calf—don’t skimp on a cheap one! They should hold up during washing and daily use. If you purchase a good quality…

  • General,  Leadership

    When you feel like quitting, try this instead

    I get it. It’s cold. If you live north of I-70, there’s a good chance there is snow and ice. Everything seems more difficult in the winter, doesn’t it? Cleaning pens suddenly requires specialized gloves that won’t cut off circulation, somehow keep your hands dry, and still won’t let you get frostbite. Hauling feed now requires skill in ice skating. My personal winter pet peeve: getting dressed to go outside takes longer than the quick barn check itself. In harsh conditions, it’s especially easy to feel like quitting. It’s just going to freeze again tomorrow, why bother breaking up that ice? Surely that one last chore can wait until the…

  • General,  Leadership

    The ONE thing that makes all the difference

      At the beginning of a new year, it seems all we hear about are resolutions – goals for the new year, changes folks swear they are going to make this time around, and, of course, weight-loss missions. That first week of January, your news feed is flooded with declarations of intent. You probably also notice them at the beginning of every sports season, every school year, and every holiday. We all have goals. We all have dreams about what could be. We might even have one (or more) of those resolutions for the new year. The reason we ALL have goals and dreams is because that’s the easy part.…

  • General

    What the pros know about being successful

    Have you ever caught yourself saying these things? “If only I had a better wash rack, then…” “When I finally get better at clipping, then…” “We don’t have what [insert neighbor’s name] has, so I can’t…” Yep, I’ve been there, too (on all counts, unfortunately). But here’s the deal. When we’re faced with challenges, it’s easy to to fall into the “if/then” trap, but it doesn’t get you any closer to your goals. Even the most expert and elite professionals started somewhere. And therein lies the key: START. Just start. Start where you are. Don’t wait until you feel ready. Don’t wait until you have all the equipment on your…