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All Dairy Farmers are Beef Farmers

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

When Myron Martin realized that all his dairy animals would become beef one day, he decided to take the bull by the horns and make sure they were good beef. Here’s a look at dual purpose cows at Peace Hollow Farm, and what breeds you might consider.

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A Whole Bunch of Holy Cow Moments

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Dairy Cattle, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  5 Comments

Whether or not you’re a dairy producer, Tom Trantham can tell you a lot about learning from animals and managing pasture. Here he describes how he went from being one of the top 10 dairy producers in South Carolina, to the edge of bankruptcy and back again thanks to learning from his cows.

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Less Milk But More Money With Soil Health

By   /  September 14, 2015  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock, Pasture Health, Soil  /  2 Comments

This video is one of a series from Pennsylvania’s Capital Resource Conservation District exploring improvements in profitability that come with managing for soil health.  Here Justin Geisinger talks about the improvements in his land and his bottom line since converting from confinement dairying to grazing his dairy cows. While it may have cost him in overall milk […]

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Caring For Your Organic Dairy Cow

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Caring For Your Organic Dairy Cow

“The only certain thing about animal diseases seemed to be man’s inability to prevent or cure most of them. It was not until I had experienced these diseases in my own herd and started at the beginning in my attempt to eliminate and prevent them, instead of accepting the diseases and treating them as inevitable, […]

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Putting Dairy Cows Out to Pasture: An Environmental Plus

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Putting Dairy Cows Out to Pasture: An Environmental Plus

Editors Note: This article was written by Ann Perry, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff, and comes to us from the ARS’ Agricultural Research Magazine. Every year, a hefty dairy cow tucked away in a snug barn produces more than 20,000 pounds of milk, along with an impressive amount of manure and an array of gases. New modeling work […]

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