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The Kansan - Newton, KS
My name is Katie Stockstill-Sawyer and my husband, Derek, and I own and operate a farm and livestock operation in Central Kansas.
Cows In The Yard
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By Katie Stockstill Sawyer
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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Derek moved about a dozen mother-calf pairs to the pasture at our house. It's pretty neat having baby calves right outside my bedroom window.

Derek moved about a dozen mother-calf pairs to the pasture at our house. It’s pretty neat having baby calves right outside my bedroom window.



Calving season is in full swing! We welcome a handful of new calves each day and with a 7-day forecast of warm temps and clear skies, I’m predicting plenty of action in the calving barn.

There is a lot that goes into welcoming a new calf to the world and ensuring it remains healthy. We watch for cows that are showing signs of labor or pre-labor and remove them from the herd into a calving pens. We assist if needed but most mothers give birth with no help from us. We keep mother and calf together for 24 hours to ensure they like each other, claim each other and that the calf is eating. Mothers can tell their calves by their scent and baby calves know the voice of their mother and come running when she calls.

When it seems both mother and baby are happy and healthy, we move them to pasture to give them room to play and grow. In just a few weeks, the pasture surrounding our house will be home to several dozen mother cows and baby calves. That means we get to spend the next three months watching the calves run, jump and figure out the world around them.

Stay tuned for more adventures from our new crop of baby calves.

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