What A Day: Watch for the Wet Spot!
Planting was progressing nicely—until BAM! Wouldn’t you know, it was a neighbor who snapped this picture and sent it to Farm Journal. The farmer was too busy trying to dig out of the mess.
An Easier Way for Kids to Feed Bottle Calves
One of the first chores farm kids have is taking care of bottle calves. But it can be awkward for a little tyke to hold a heavy bottle while a hungry, slobbery calf latches onto the nipple and sucks down the milk.
Ronnie and Mandi Painter have made it a bit easier for their daughter Oakley to help feed bottle calves thanks to their invention.
Mandi came up with the idea when she watched Oakley hold one of her own sippy cups with handles. “She was using the handles instead of holding the cup itself,” Mandi says. “Then I thought, if [the calf bottle] had handles on it, I bet she could hold it.”
Mandi and Ronnie, who raise cattle near Panama, Okla., tested a few ideas before coming up with “The Nottle,” a plastic attachment with handles that fits over the bottle. The couple is accepting preorders for The Nottle, which is scheduled to ship in spring 2018, at www.thenottlecompany.com.
The American Farm Bureau Federation recently released a Food and Farm Facts book that features hundreds of updated U.S. agriculture facts such as:
Of all farms are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations
The number of people each farmer produces food and fiber for annually
Of today’s farmers are women
Are beginning farmers
Are millennial farmers
Of all agricultural products by value are exported yearly
The decline in cropland erosion since 1982 thanks to careful stewardship by farmers