Beef Cattle Short Course – 2022

This week is always one of my favorite weeks of the year! Beef Cattle Short Course took place in College Station, Texas. There is something special about being surrounded by like-minded people. The camaraderie between everyone. The opportunity to catch up with your friends who live in different parts of the state. Most importantly to be able to make an impact on the industry, to provide educational material and inform not only the producers but the consumers as well.

If you have never been to Beef Cattle Short Course, it is a roughly three day event at Texas A&M University. There are some sessions that take place Sunday, but the official event kicks off bright and early Monday morning. The schedule is packed for Monday and Tuesday with a variety of different sessions to attend. The best part is that you can pick and choose what you want to go too. Want to hear more on Nutrition? There are sessions for that. Interested in learning more on brush control? They have it covered.

Monday night, is a meal that you do not want to miss! Prime Rib Dinner! By far, one of the best meals I have ever had, the picture does not do it justice!

Wednesday morning, the Short Course moves from classroom style teaching, to hands on demonstrations. These topics range from Fencing demonstrations, to brush control, to cattle handling. My favorite to watch is the cattle handling demonstration. No matter how many times I have watched Dr. Gill do his demonstrations, I always learn something new. Never stop trying to learn. Keep learning so that you can start teaching!

While this year’s event is over, it is never too early to start thinking about next year. For more information on the event, be sure to check out – https://beefcattleshortcourse.com/. The full schedule from this year is listed along with some of the additional programs that are combined with this event.

Looking for events to attend and information right now? Check out the RanchTV Youtube Channel. Also, follow the Beef Cattle Extension Specialists on Facebook – Beef Cattle – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension for upcoming events.

My heart is full and my love for the industry has only increased. Today, I am extra thankful for the opportunities that I have been given. Our paths may take us a different direction than we originally attended, find the blessings in that, you will be surprised by the things that come your way.

As always share some love, we could all use a little more love
XOXOXO
Casey

Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy Farm, in Little Ole’ Gustine, Texas

Milk, it does the body good! One of my favorite things to do is meet other cattle (beef & dairy) producers. Today I toured my second dairy and this one was phenomenal. Located in Gustine, Texas, Volleman’s Wildcat Dairy started in 1993 with 50 Dairy cows. The operation today consists of 5,000 Dairy cows!

            Not only has the dairy grown in size over the last 25 years but they have also started bottling their own milk as well. They sell their milk in glass bottles! Besides learning about their operation, this had to be the coolest thing I heard all day. The instant I heard him say that I felt like they were bringing back some of the old ways of doing things. Did I mention they have a home delivery option as well? And that you can return the glass bottles and they refill them for you?!? Oh, and one other small mention, they are the official milk of the DALLAS COWBOYS!!! How awesome is that! This dairy is doing some amazing things. For more information on where their milk is sold or how you can sign up for home delivery, check out their website here – https://vollemansdairy.com/stores/

            If you have ever wondered about the treatment of Dairy Cows, let me tell you, these ladies have it made in the shade. They are in free stall barns with cross vents. This means the cows are under shade and have air flowing in and cooling them off. They are also able to walk, laydown, and eat in whichever stall they want. Did I mention they have sprinklers that cool them down when they eat? Talk about the life!

            Another fun fact about this dairy, they let people come out and tour, not only their dairy barn but also the bottling plant where the milk is processed and bottled. This would be one of the neatest field trips ever. If you have little ones and want to learn more about dairy’s, this tour is for you!  For more information on that, be sure to click here – https://vollemansdairy.com/dairy-tours/

            Today was a great day, one of those days that you wish everyone could experience. The best thing overall for me was the love and passion that David had for his cows and his industry. I wish all consumers could experience that firsthand. When you get to experience that love and passion, you know without a doubt, they will do whatever it takes to care for their animals. To love what you do, while making a positive impact not only on your family and the local community but across the state and surrounding states, well that’s a beautiful thing.

As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love

XOXOXOXO

Casey

Weddings, CattleWomen and More

It is been a while since I have put pen to paper but this has given me the opportunity to think through a lot of things.  Sometimes taking that step back from a situation helps clear our heads and enables us to look at things from a different viewpoint.

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There have been a lot of beautiful things that have happened lately. Roughly a month ago, I was able to witness my brother say I do to his new wife.  The place was fantastic and the wedding was great, however, my favorite part was watching both of them share their vows for each other.  You could honestly see the love they had for each other beaming out of them.   To love someone that deeply has to be a feeling that is out of this world.  I know I am a little late on this but I had to share it.  To my brother, if you are reading this, I hope that you know how incredibly proud I am of you.  You amaze me every day with your selflessness to serve.  I look you up to you in so many ways.  I know most of the time we spend together we normally end up picking on each other but just know that is out of love.  It has been amazing watching you grow up to the man you are today.  Thank you for stepping in and playing a role in Mattie’s life, watching y’all two at the wedding brought more love to my heart than you can ever imagine.  It brings tears to my eyes writing about it now.  So thank you.

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This past weekend I was able to rejuvenate my love for CattleWomen.  We spent the weekend at our annual Women In Ranching program and it was a blast.  Being surrounded by women with like minds is an incredible thing.  I was able to sit and watch ladies of all experience levels come together to make a weekend successful.  The one thing I loved most about all this is the friendships I have made and continue to make.  There were times in these last few months that have been pretty lonely, not really quite sure I had any friends at some points, but these ladies have changed that.  It is not often that you can get a bunch of ladies in a room together and have everyone get along.  My favorite moment of the whole weekend was Saturday evening, killing some time before dinner.  I sat down at a table with two other ladies and within 10 minutes, not only was our table full, we had a circle of probably almost 15 ladies, talking, sharing stories, and getting to know one another.  This event has put me on fire and I can not wait to finalize the Fall Tour and get the ladies on board.

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There have been some struggles the past few months but everyone has struggled in one way or another, it is how you look at those struggles that changes your way of thinking.  Keep pushing forward to be the best you can be. Keep growing in your faith and as always share some love, we could all use a little more love.