December 7, 2020

Farm Data: A Little Can go a Long Way to Making Good Decisions

  We all know that the explosion of big data retention and analysis is affecting our daily lives, but can your farm data help you with your business? YUP. As the brilliant Doc. Brown stated in the documentary Back to the Future, “you don’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.” […]

September 21, 2020

The Time I Almost Died On My Tractor…Mom Please Skip This One.

I was sitting here thinking about how I’m glad I don’t wear my mistakes on my person. Like many of my farming kin, I have done some really thoughtless things on the farm. It seems that the end of a long day, under the sun, with deadlines looming, animals needing to be fed, and bills […]

August 31, 2020

Avoid the Danger of Being Associated with the Feed Bucket

We’ve probably all experienced that scary moment when the animals we care for become dangerous to us because they’re just excited to be fed. Here’s how to break that cycle and be safe.

July 27, 2020

I Got Burned – My Lesson About Hot Fence

There are two different types of high tensile fences on my place.  The original fence was built to hold and protect sheep so it is a five strand high tensile that reaches down to about 5 inches above the ground.  The new fencing, which was installed in 2017 and was built for beef cattle, is […]

October 24, 2016

How Rewards and Punishment Work with Animals

Want your stock to do something, or NOT do something? Here are the keys for “talking” to them in a way they’ll understand.

October 10, 2016

Quitting, the dirtiest word in the farmer dictionary?

Farming is family. Rarely have I encountered a group of people who are more motivated, dedicated, innovative and tenacious as farmers. Whether you are tending apples in Orange County or herding sheep in Oregon, we as farmers hold these truths to be self-evident that all farmers will work hard, be good stewards to the land, […]

August 15, 2016

Charge MORE For Your Eggs. Your Neighbors Will Thank You!

It’s the time of year when things are evening out for those of us with livestock. We have set the pace and are beginning to settle into our smooth summer stride. Most of the animals are now busy raising their young, chewing their cud, and enlarging their wallows. For the people raising laying hens this […]

March 7, 2016

Gardening With Grandpa

My Grandfather had a tradition of keeping every fish that we caught.  From the water and into a five gallon bucket we would take them home where me and my cousins would throw them directly into my Grandfather’s garden.  Sometimes we would bury the fish, sometimes not.  For his part, my Grandfather insisted that each […]

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