December 9, 2013

Veal Part 5 – Getting It On the Plates

This is the fifth and final installment from Sandra on how to successfully and profitably raise veal. Here she’ll give you formulas for pricing your product, finding your market and helping others understand the importance of buying and eating humanely raised, sustainable veal.

November 25, 2013

Veal Part 4: Calves Into Veal – The Most Difficult Part of the Process

Harvesting, processing and packaging your product is different than what is typically done for other meat you harvest. With this article, Sandra points out the challenges and then how to be successful.

Bucket and Bottle for Feeding Calves

November 18, 2013

Veal Part 3: Let the Fun Begin! Handling, Care and Feeding

This is the third of a five-part of posts regarding veal production for small-scale farms and why educated eaters dedicated to local foods and sustainable agriculture should be eating veal as well as beef. Here Sandra covers the care and feeding of calves.

November 11, 2013

Veal Part Two: Getting Started Raising Veal

This is the second of a five-part series on veal production for small-scale farms and why educated eaters dedicated to local foods and sustainable agriculture should be eating veal as well as beef. Here Sandra covers veal-raising facilities and equipment, where to get your calves, and how to feed and transport them.

November 4, 2013

Veal Part One – Time to change attitudes and misconceptions

This is the first in a series of posts regarding veal production for small-scale farms and why educated eaters dedicated to local foods and sustainable agriculture should be eating veal more than beef.

February 14, 2022

Right-Sizing Your Grazing Operation – What Works Best?

John Marble and Troy Bishopp have something in common with many On Pasture readers. They expanded their grazing operations by renting pastures and grazing more cattle. John owned only two of the 11 properties where he grazed cattle. Troy rented 5 properties plus his home farm where he grazed cattle for his custom grazing business. […]

October 11, 2021

Is it the Cattle Causing Water Quality Problems? Bring in the Forensics Team!

When water quality tests in the Mink Creek watershed came back showing high levels of E. coli bacteria, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality reported cattle as the probable cause, setting the grazing permitees up for possible problems. But were the cattle really the problem? In this two part series from the “Art of Range” podcast, […]

October 11, 2021

Staging Forages for Fall and Winter Grazing

Victor Shelton helps us make the most of our forages by telling us which should be grazed first, and which will last into the winter months.

August 23, 2021

Targeted Cattle Grazing Quickly Contains Wildfires

Back in 1997 when I first began my research project on the logistics of using goats to create firebreaks to protect homes in wildland areas, I dreamed that one day, livestock would become an important part of our firefighting toolbox. As I continued my work, my dream expanded beyond goats to what seemed a bigger, […]

July 26, 2021

Aspirin Takes the Headache Out of Establishing Sustainable Pastures

It seems like there is a lot of good research results becoming available right now. In June, we learned how plants develop “memories” to adapt and survive heat stress. This week we find out that native grasses may benefit from a headache cure! Researchers at Curtin University in Perth, Australia have shown how a readily […]

June 21, 2021

Flerds: Sheep and Cattle Grazing Together for Predator Protection and Pasture Management

Multi-species grazing isn’t just about diversifying your operation and making good use of your pastures. It can also be a way to protect small ruminants from predation!

June 21, 2021

How Plants Can Beat the Heat: Their Memory Mechanism for Adapting to Heat Stress

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But what if you’re a plant and that’s just not possible? It turns out they have other options. Researchers from Japan have discovered that plants can gain heat tolerance to better adapt to future heat stress, thanks to a particular mechanism for heat stress […]

May 31, 2021

Will You Watch This Show About a Guy Learning to Farm?

When Jeremy Clarkson’s farm manager retired in 2019, he didn’t hire a new one. Instead he thought, “I can do that,” explaining, “You put seeds in the ground, weather happens, it’s not difficult.” Heck, he even decided to add a flock of sheep for good measure. Then experience taught him some things. “It’s phenomenally difficult […]

May 17, 2021

Study Shows Grasslands Are More Reliable Carbon Sinks Than Forests

Thanks to Kat Kerlin and the University of California, Davis for this article. Note that the study provides recommendations about carbon markets specific to California, but these recommendations could be extrapolated to other markets as well. A study has found that increased drought and wildfire risk make grasslands and rangelands a more reliable carbon sink […]

May 3, 2021

Dancing Roots – The Secret of How Plants Push Through Compacted Soils

In the past we’ve written about research that shows plants are better at reducing soil compaction than subsoilers. But how do can they do that? Well, today’s story gives us the answer courtesy of researchers at Duke University. Thanks to Robin Smith and Veronique Koch for this excellent story! Be sure to watch the roots […]

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