The life of a farmer is ever-changing. Ours is no different. From early mornings to late-night calvings, our job is never finished. Read below to see what a typical day is like for Nathan, Kevin and Mark, the three people who you will come in most contact with at Spring Grove Ranch.
Spend a Day at Spring Grove Ranch
7:30 a.m. – We get to the ranch as the sun is rising. The team gathers for a quick check-in before parting to tackle our respective duties. Nathan checks on calves that were born over night. Kevin feeds all of the bulls and heifers, and Mark will take over the feeding so Kevin and Nathan can make sure all cattle are healthy and checked on.
“Mornings are my favorite part of the day. After sunrise, we’re checking on calves and it’s beautiful.” – Nathan
10:00 a.m. – On any given night, at least six calves will be born—sometimes as many as 10. Around mid-morning, Kevin and Nathan will tag the new calves and vaccinate them. They assess them to make sure nothing went wrong during calving and that they are healthy. While they focus on the calves, Mark is tending to the rest of the ranch, either bush hogging, cutting grass or cleaning up.
12:00 p.m. – We try to have lunch together every day. We’ll meet up around noon, after our morning chores are complete and pick a restaurant in Appomattox.
1:00 p.m. – In the summer months, the temperatures will start to get too warm for the cattle around this time. After lunch, we mostly focus on tending to any urgent needs the herd may have or cleaning up around the ranch. When needed, we’ll round up the bulls and freeze brand them before they go find shade for the rest of the day. The freeze brand will be left on the bull or heifer for only 55 seconds, but it can take a few minutes per cow to wrangle them and make them comfortable first.
“The middle of the afternoon, after lunch, it gets hot and the bulls don’t cooperate as well.” – Nathan
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Because it’s likely too hot at this time and the cattle have already had a long day, we spend this time tending to any cattle that are sick or injured or tending to customer needs.
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Before we end the work day, Kevin and Nathan will check on all of the calves one more time and tag any new ones that have been born since the morning. This can sometimes be up to ten more calves in the day.
While each day is different, every day our priority is raising quality, healthy purebred Angus cattle. To learn more about our farm, visit our About page.