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.

November 18, 2013

Cows Eat Leafy Spurge

Contrary to what you’ve been told, leafy spurge does not cause harm to cattle, and with a little training, they can and will eat it. So why not turn that pest into forage? Here Kathy shares what she’s learned about getting cattle to eat leafy spurge over her decade of teaching cows to eat weeds.

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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