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Exciting News – I’m Writing for Mother Earth News!

by Tammy Taylor

 

If you follow our Facebook Page you’ve probably already heard the news – but I’ve been accepted as a contributing writer for one of my absolute favorite publications: Mother Earth News!  I’m so very excited about this opportunity and article topic ideas are buzzing in my head already.  I’ll still be keeping up with my own blog here at Taylor-Made Ranch Homestead of course, but I’ll be submitting articles to the Mother Earth News several times per month as well.  Would you like to see my very first Mother Earth News article?  It’s titled: A Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration.  Check it out!

Texas Rancher Shares Homestead Inspiration #TaylorMadeRanch

 

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Milking My First Cow: Using FRESH Milk!

by Tammy Taylor

 

Recently we had a cow give birth to a calf and although she gave us a fine, healthy heifer calf, she was having a difficult time with her calf emptying one of her teats. Each day that one teat grew bigger and we’d hoped that the calf would eventually latch onto it like she was the others (we’ve had that circumstance in the past and it’s always worked out fine) But the teat began to get so full it was large & tight and too difficult for the calf to attempt to nurse it, so she just didn’t.  I was worried about the cow developing mastitis so I knew I needed to take action.  I’ve never milked a cow before. Ever. Until now. Ain’t nothin’ to it, y’all!  I feel like an official country woman now!

Using FRESH MILK - I'd always wanted to try milking one of our cows to get fresh milk for our family, see what I did with the FRESH MILK! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Come With Me For A Day At The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

Summer is officially here and WHEW it’s really heating up lately.  We’ve already endured one the the wettest springs in history around here so many of the routine tasks we typically stay on top of have been pushed back for drier weather.  Although there are still plenty of muddy areas around the ranch, we’ve got lots to do today so we’ll do whatever we need to do to get the job done.  Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch really looks like?  C’mon with me for A Day At The Ranch…

Did you ever wonder what a typical day at our NE Texas ranch looks like?  C'mon with me for A Day At The Ranch... #TaylorMadeRanch

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Helping Other Ranches with Artificial Insemination

by Tammy Taylor

 

We utilize Artificial Insemination on our ranch when we want to mix up our herd pedigrees, blend breeds, or perhaps have a special cow deliver an extra-high-quality calf, etc.   I’ve written before about various ways AI is very beneficial to the rancher, especially for smaller ranches where it’s often more difficult to buy & maintain a high-quality bull for just a few cows.  RancherMan is a certified A.I. technician and we also have all our own AI equipment including medications, nitrogen tank, bull semen straws, etc. so we also perform A.I. jobs for local ranches from time to time.  We recently received an email asking for help with a local man’s heifers & after a few emails & phone calls the schedule was set to begin in a few weeks.  We prefer to use a 10-day timed synchronization program & we wanted to follow the heifer protocol to offer the highest possibility for successful breeding.

RancherMan's a certified A.I. tech & we have our own AI equipment so we perform A.I. jobs for local ranches when requested. #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Come With Me For A Day At The Ranch

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve had many people tell me they wonder what a typical day at a Texas ranch might be like.  So last year I published a post detailing a day in our lives here in our NE Texas paradise.  But that was during the heat & drought of summer, a very different kind of day than in the cold of winter.  So I thought it would be fun to let you walk around with us today to see what a day at the ranch is like when it’s c-c-c-cold outside!  C’mon, put on your mud boots, bundle up in your heaviest coveralls, grab your gloves & follow me – it’ll be a blast!

Walk around with us today to see what a day at the ranch is like!  Put on your mud boots, grab your gloves & follow me - it'll be a blast! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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