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All Dairy Farmers are Beef Farmers

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  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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Myron Martin “Every dairy farmer is a beef farmer, they just don’t want to admit it,
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

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  1. Brian says:

    We run a herd of British Friesian cows which are excellent dual purpose cattle. Cows are relatively productive and cows can last to 15 years old. They can regularly live to 10 years plus. This makes a great saving on replacements plus you have the beef calf to rear or sell. The milk quality is slightly better as there is slightly less milk quantity. Great article!

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