Walden Academy in Willows, California, doesn't say a whole lot, but we hope he's learning a bunch about what life is like on a farm in South Central Kansas. Flat Aggie is a project of my southeast Kansas blog friend, Nicole, and her Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom blog. Flat Aggie goes to farms all across the country to learn about agriculture. Aggie then reports back to the class with a letter (or blog posts) from the farm. Randy and I have been taking Aggie with us when we check cattle and do other things on the farm.
Two weeks ago, Aggie went with us to Pratt Livestock when we sold feeder cattle. These are cattle that were born on our farm a year ago. It was a two-day process to get the cattle ready to come to the sale. (Check out Aggie's adventures with sorting and loading here.)
When we arrived at the sale barn, we went into the office to find out when our cattle would go through the sale ring. Since Aggie likes his cap, he was impressed with the Pratt Livestock hats. Too bad they were a little big for him!
The lady on the right (my friend, Anita) keeps track of who buys which cattle and uses a microphone to tell the workers in the back so they know which pens to put the cattle in after they leave the sale ring.
After the sale, the buyers arrange for other semis to come and pick up the cattle. They are loaded back onto the semis and taken to feedlots or to another rancher's location, where they will fattened for five or six months. Then they will be harvested for beef on American consumers' tables.