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.

December 2, 2013

The Right Cow

Cattle are considered to be well attuned to our modern beef industry and we only need to breed the right bull to a cow for profit. Included in this theory is adding all the necessary inputs recommended by every magazine you pick up. This has been the typical system for 40 years, but it doesn’t […]

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.

October 14, 2013

A Tale of Tail Docking

We want to know what you think of this practice, and what you do in your dairy, so be sure to check out the survey at the end of the article!

September 23, 2013

Transitioning Dairy Cows From Pasture to Winter Feed

One of the many challenges you probably face with grazing is how to help the cows adjust to a new feed source in the fall.  Changing from high-quality pasture to lower-quality stored forages is much like changing silos.  If the change is made too quickly, milk production drops until the cows and the rumen microbes […]

July 22, 2013

Our Farm’s BVD Train Wreck

Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus can cause early embryonic death, congential defects and abortion in pregnant cattle, and fever, diarrhea, mouth blisters, and weight loss in infected herd members. APHIS has estimated that it can cost producers $400 per cow if it infects a herd. Here’s one farmer’s story about surviving its impact.

June 10, 2013

Calculating Paddock Size for Dairy Cattle

While this video targets dairy graziers, anyone raising livestock on pasure can benefit from spending 5 minutes with this video. You’ll learn how to do the quick and easy math to figure out how big your pastures should be to meet your animals’ needs, factoring in fast or slow regrowth through the grazing season.

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