Getting Your First Horse

You or your children have always wanted a horse or pony, and now that you have a home in the country the time is right to buy one. But before you purchase your first horse, some preliminary research is in order. Getting Your First Horse by Judith Dutson is a great place to start. This…

Devon

The Devon, affectionately called the “Red Ruby” or the North Devon to distinguish it from the unrelated South Devon breed, presents the same historical dilemma as so many other ancient breeds of cattle do: Where did it come from?  Was it brought to England by the Phoenicians, the Celts, the Saxons, or the Vikings?  All…

Farming Practices of the Plains Indians in Kansas

What do you think of when you think of a Plains Indian?  A painted and feather-adorned brave dashing through a bison herd on a galloping Paint horse? While it is true that the Plains tribes who inhabited Kansas relied heavily on game for food, it would be a mistake to think of these tribes as…

5 Ways to Improve Winter Egg Production

It’s the coldest time of the year, and also the time when the chickens seem less than enthusiastic about laying eggs.  Yes, it’s only natural that the little birds would want to slow down somewhat when there’s a cold wind whipping through their feathers, but once you’ve gotten used to having a refrigerator full of…

Salad Bar Beef

A book by Joel Salatin is guaranteed to inspire brainstorming, and Salad Bar Beef is no exception. Salatin repeatedly points out the fact that humans tend to overcomplicate things, and the current state of the beef industry is proof—ruminants designed to eat grass are fed costly grains in a confinement system. So what does he propose…

Chianina

The giant white ox of Italy has profoundly impacted the American beef industry, but not without consequences.

How To Plan a Garden

Planning a garden in January? Why not? It’ll give you something to do in those slow, cold days before the spring rush. Besides, depending on where you live and what you’re growing, it’ll be time to start some seedlings indoors before you know it. So grab a pencil and a cup of coffee and start…

Worth It

Another year has come around, and a flurry of planning and New Year’s resolving has come with it.  There are so many things we’d all like to do this year: We want to plan the best garden ever. We want to try out new ways of keeping our animals happy, healthy, and productive. We want…

Merry Christmas 2013

Well, it’s time for us to sign off for the year.  We hope to be back early in January with more information and resources, including our ongoing cattle breed guide.  May God bless you and yours this Christmas. Meanwhile, in case you are looking for some good winter reading, allow us to make a few…

Charolais

Although no one knows for certain the exact origins of the Charolais (shar-LAY) breed of cattle, it probably originated in the central Burgundy region of France, near the town of Charolles or Charollais.  The Romans may have brought it to the area for sacrificial purposes.  However, it may have existed in France earlier. The region…