Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oh South Dakota...

I get to travel quite a bit for my job as a crop adjuster. In the last 6 months I have seen almost every corner of our beautiful state - from Buffalo to Yankton and Pine Ridge to Aberdeen. I've seen almost every crop, every type of livestock - even a camel staring at a dino over by 1880 town! But what I really love about my job is the farmers and ranchers I meet and work with on a daily basis - they are the nicest, most down to earth people and they all have their own story - and something to teach me.
somewhere in south west SD  - green grass galore!

North of Faith SD 
my favorite view - the drive home!

But I haven't just been here at home - I've been sent to ND, NE, WI and will be heading to Iowa here in January. While I wasn't the biggest fan of my time in North Dakota (that might just be a SD thing ;)) I really did enjoy my three weeks in Wisconsin - I met some of the most interesting farmers, shimmed up a bunch of grain bins, saw some pretty country, looked at lots of dairy cows (made me miss my beef cows!) and gained a new appreciation for South Dakota's wide open spaces, straight roads, and a speed limit over 45!!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Happy Herefords!

A happy momma cow!
I've always liked cows. When J-Boy and I started dating, one of the things I fell in love with was how passionate he was about cattle - particularly his Herefords. J-Boy and his family raise Hereford replacement heifers and quality bulls that they market to other purebred and commercial producers. Most of their customers use the bulls they buy to breed to black or red cattle, and raise black or red white face calves. 
(Side note - these pictures were taken last fall - South Dakota is a LOT greener now!!)

Grazing by the pasture
In the past year, I have gone to Hereford meetings, Hereford sales, helped with branding, sorting, acquired a Hereford necklace and learned more about this breed than I ever thought I would need to know. And I have to admit - they are some of the cutest calves and quietest, kindest cows I have worked with. I have also enjoyed taking pictures of his especially photogenic cows!!

For more information on Myers Herefords, contact Jay Myers at 605-842-6771 (and tell him Sarah sent you!)

Aren't they pretty?
A bull prospect 

J-Boy and his heifers during 2012 drought

Monday, June 24, 2013

New Job, New Faces, New Places!!

Well its been a while since I last posted here on a Sample of SD Life!! In the past year, I have gone many places and done many things - including graduating from SDSU and taking a full time position with Rural Community Insurance Services as a Crop Adjuster. Because of this, I have moved across the state from Brookings to Pierre, South Dakota's Capitol. I am still in training, and really enjoy my job!

My new goal is to update my blog once a week about various agriculture related topics that am interested in, so stay tuned!