Lady Lily

No, Lady Lily is not a queen from a  Renaissance Festival. But she is majestic, draped in black velvet, and has the voice of an angel. Still confused? Lily, of course, is my bottle calf! 

  

So you don’t think that description fits? After yelling her name into the early morning darkness, believe me, when you finally hear and then see her running through the pasture, it fits perfectly. 

  
Even though we have had cattle my entire life, Lily is the first -healthy- bottle calf we have ever had. Unfortunately, I have to emphasize the healthy because we have many many bottle calves, just none that have made it. 

Unlike most bottle calves, we still have Lily’s mother and we will probably be keeping her because she raises great babies, especially Lily’s twin brother. 

  
We found Lily one Saturday laying in the woods. We left her alone, figuring that her mother would come back for her, like cows normally do. Sunday morning, Lily was laying in one of our lots, near two late heifers we were weaning. We closed the gate so she wouldn’t wander off and went the check the cows. We counted, and counted and counted again. Not only were all the cows there, but so were all the calves that we knew of (it’s calving season, sometimes there are surprises!) Back to the house we went to mix the bottle. 

  
Eventually, we came to the conclusion that the only possibility was a twin. Because her mother is a Simmental, she also has their signature ‘eye patches’. Take a look at Lily, who has similar markings. 

The downside of twins is the huge possibility that Lily is also a ‘free martin’. Cows are genetically made to have a single offspring, but do on occasion have twins. When this happens, if the gender is the same the twins are generally healthy and live a normal life. If the genders are opposite, the female is generally a free martin, or sterile. While she is otherwise healthy, Lily has a very low chance of remaining on our farm for an extended amount of time due to the fact that she might not reproduce. But until she is officially declared sterile by our veterinarian, she will continue to enjoy life with me! (And my dog Harley)

~Nicole

  

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Hello! 


Hi, I am Bethany; the oldest of the Show-Me Sisters! I am newly married to my handsome farmer husband, Wes.

As I was growing up with Nicole, I never realized the impact Agriculture would have on my life or even my sister’s. From playing in the creek during the summer or climbing hay bales and “spying” on Dad with our bright deer hunter orange jackets, larger than life Barbie walkie talkies, and our pink backpack full of snacks packed by mom. Life was great!

As we grew up we didn’t outgrow our hobbies of spying on Dad, instead we got to drive the tractor, rake hay, haul wood, and even vaccinate baby calves! Now we still help with those things! Nicole and Dad pull tractors and I get to sling weights. I help Wes haul corn to Cargill, which is made into feed that is fed to turkeys that you may eat for Thanksgiving!


We put in long hours and make many happy memories at our family farm as well as my grandparents farm; which is where Wes and I and our new puppy Jax call home.


Not only do I put in long hours at the farm but also in my classroom as an Agriculture Teacher. I have the chance each and every day to make a difference in the lives of students and I don’t take that job lightly! I try to remember the quote below.

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama


It is a great feeling when you don’t know the difference between your hobby, work, and home. Nicole and I know that feeling and we hope you will let us show show you are lives, happiness, hardships, and passion.

Howdy! 

Hello! I’m Nicole, the youngest of the Show-Me Sisters.


My sister, Bethany and I have always been a part of agriculture. We grew up on our family farm in central Missouri where we have beef cattle, two horses, a dog and a small herd of cats. As kids, we had the typical farm life, jumping on hay bales, playing in creeks, and roaming the woods. We were in 4-H and eventually FFA. As kids, we were inseparable and to this day, are as close as sisters can be.

College is where our lives decided to take slightly different paths. Bethany got a degree in agriculture education while I went with Agriculture Business. I started college as a freshman who didn’t think they could handle one semester away from the farm and ended three years later, as a girl ready to take on the world.

Now, almost a year later, I finished a couple of internships and landed a job with MFA Inc. God truly blessed me when he placed me in this small town grain elevator!

You are probably wondering how we ever came to the idea of blogging.

Last week, Bethany texted me that she wanted to start a blog. Minutes later, the Show Me Sisters were born.


So strap in and join us on this crazy thing called life. Let us show you what it’s all about in our little slice of heaven!