Home again

Like most farmers, I have an off farm job. This week has taken me to ConExpo which is a once every three years show held in Las Vegas, NV. I gave up trying to take any kind of picture that showed the scale of the event, it’s just too big. There is 2.34 million square feet of exhibits and things like mining shovels literally get lost in the backdrop, literally. There is a Hitachi 1200 mining shovel in this picture. Can you see it?. I finally took a panoramic shot of the Deere booth. This is one of 2400 booths. All aren’t this big some some are larger.

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas you may not know how much walking you do. Add all the normal Vegas walking with covering the ConExpo event and you end up walking miles per day which is great for the body but bad for the back. Luckily I farm as well so I’m used to walking.

A couple of my customers standing in front of the tracks of a mobile crane. The counterweight on this crane weighed 100 tons!

Sunrise view on the last day. The weather was perfect in Vegas for the entire week and cold, rainy and sleety at home but I’m awful glad to be home and leaving Vegas behind.
Yep, work, work, work.

I’m back, again.


Once again I’ve snuck away from the farm. This time it wasn’t for work, or to pick up a cow. It was to go to Las Vegas with some of my good friends and vacate a bit. We rode in limos, drove fast cars, attended¬†SHOT, and ate some pretty good food. The five part mini-series on grass fed beef I just posted was caused by two things.

1. While in Las Vegas for 3 days, I had the distinct pleasure of trying to be 20 again and stay up late, coupled with the fact that I’m nowhere close to 20 and am a farm boy and get up at 0’dark early. The end result is I slept about 9 hours in 3 days, leaving me lots of time to work on posts for you fine folks while everyone else snored.

2. Las Vegas is known for their restaurants and food. They aren’t the “foodie” culture of Charleston or New York, but they do try to one up each other out there and serve something better than the next guy. I made sure to sample lots of beef and pork and came across the $66 grass fed ribeye that was the basis for the previous five posts. So my field research resulted in a pretty good result at only $13.20 per post.

So now I’m back and it’s time to get more farm related stuff published here. I have lots of details from the class I took last week, plus a new stock trailer that needs some pictures and needs some animals to ride. We also have our hog killing class coming up in a month which will get lots of press. And before we know it, it’ll be spring and we’ll be back to pictures of grazing and trample (CB, I know you cannot wait).

And just in case you were wondering about the fast cars. Here is one of my friends, post drive, trying out the fit of something he now desperately wants. IMG-20140116-00136