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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
Calving Season Begins
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and ...
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My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas. I married into the farming world in December 2010 and have spent every minute learning all that I can about farming and the rural lifestyle. I work in town as the marketing and communications manager for a commercial construction company, mobile occupational services company and safety consulting and training firm. In the hours outside the office, I help on the farm in any way I can – and sometimes that means just staying out of the way. This blog tracks my experiences as I learn what a life on the farm really means. I wouldn’t change this lifestyle for the world. Farmers and ranchers are some of the hardest working individuals in the world and they do what they do 365 days a year to ensure everyone has access to a safe, healthy and affordable food supply. If you want to learn more about agriculture or our operation, please don’t hesitate to contact me on this blog or at katie.sawyer@sawyerlandandcattle.com. I would love to show you around.
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By Katie Stockstill-Sawyer
Jan. 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.



As the dust settles on the holiday hustle and bustle, the chaos of calving begins on the Sawyer farm. As expected, the first calves of the 2013 calving season arrived this morning. The problem is it was from an unexpected mother.

A mother cow and her calf walk through a corn field. This was the first calf born on our farm this year.

A mother cow and her calf walk through a corn field. This was the first calf born on our farm this year.



We breed our heifer calves – those female cows that will deliver their first calf this year – to begin delivering sometime during the first week of January. We do this to, hopefully, get the calves on the ground before the snow and blistering cold of February hits Kansas. Our mother cows – those that have had at least one calf – are due to begin calving during the first week of February. Mother cows are experienced in child birth and often have larger, healthier cows.

So Derek was greeted with quite a surprise this morning when he found a baby calf among his mother cows. The calf was a happy, healthy boy, up and running alongside his mother. While we were happy to meet him, this little guy wasn’t due to arrive until next month.

Across the farm, right on schedule, two heifer calves also gave birth to calves this afternoon. All three delivered without our assistance and without incident.

The arrival of the first calf signals the official start of calving season. For Derek and his father, that means regular trips to our cattle facilities. For me, it means hundreds of new faces and photo opportunities. The winter just got busy and our farm a little more crowded.

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