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What is the Cost of “Get Big or Get Out?”

By   /  January 6, 2020  /  Consider This  /  4 Comments

A few months ago, at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin, our secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made a statement that was similar to one made in years past by the then secretary of agriculture Earl Butz, GET BIG OR GET OUT. There are those who believe that consolidation is inevitable and there is no […]

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Loading Day – Goodbye to 2019

By   /  December 23, 2019  /  Consider This  /  8 Comments

  Here I am; pasture empty, pants dotted with cow manure and a hoof imprint on my calf, standing in an empty pen wondering about my life’s effort as a grass farmer nourishing the land and people. My work seems to be under attack from contributing to climate change to animal welfare issues. It’s an […]

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Tell Me – Show Me – Watch Me: How to Train and Inspire New Hires

By   /  December 16, 2019  /  Consider This  /  No Comments

In 2004, I stumbled upon a book by Robert Kiyosaki entitled Cash Flow Quadrant.  It really changed the way I looked at what I was doing. I thought we were building a great business, but after reading Kiyosaki’s book I realized we were just creating a job for ourselves. The difference between a job and […]

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Making a Go of It – This is How We Do It

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  Consider This  /  No Comments

There seems to be a real interest of late in the opportunities for young people to get started in livestock agriculture. The question that I would ask anyone young, or not so young, who has a dream of being in the cow business, where are you trying to go and how do you plan to […]

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Grasslands May Adjust More Quickly to Warmer Winters

By   /  November 18, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  Comments Off on Grasslands May Adjust More Quickly to Warmer Winters

From the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, here’s some insight into what happens to carbon uptake by grasslands and forests as our climate continues to warm. As climate changes, Northeast winters are warming more rapidly than other times of the year. While this may mean favorable growing conditions start earlier […]

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