Blonde d’Aquitaine

The “good cow that fed Paris” offers many positive traits to the commercial cow-calf producer.

Lessons From the Bison

Nature generally has a way of working just fine when people don’t meddle with it.  However, we are called to exercise dominion over nature, as well as to be good stewards of our resources.  Obviously, then, we must strive for a balance between good management and letting things work naturally. One of the best ways…

What is the Difference Between a Llama and an Alpaca?

Llamas and alpacas look strikingly similar.  Perhaps that’s why they are classified in the same family: camelids, a group of camel-like mammals.  Furthermore, they can both be raised for fiber and they both come from South America.  They can even breed with each other and produce fertile offspring.  So how do you tell the difference…

Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle

If you are looking into raising beef cattle, there are quite a few things you need to consider before you purchase your first animals: How do you choose sound cattle? What types of fencing will you need? What feeds and supplements will you provide your cattle with? What if health problems arise? Once you start…

Black Baldy

You’ve probably seen Black Baldies, the black cattle with the white faces. The Black Baldy, however, is not a true breed, but any combination of breeds that will produce the hallmark coloring. White-faced black calves can be produced by crossing any black breed with any white-faced breed, such as Hereford or Simmental. Generally, though, Baldies…

How To Ground a Wayward Chicken

You may have heard of the amazing escapades of pigs, goats, and cattle that get tired of their pens and pastures and decide to check out the grass on the other side of the fence.  Fortunately, the advent of electric fencing has made these animals much easier to contain. But chickens are another story.  Electric…

George Grant and the Victoria Colony

At the beginning of the 1870s, Scottish nobleman George Grant’s only idea was to retire to a country estate in England. Nothing quite suited him, however, so he traveled to America in 1872, still searching. The vast prairies of Kansas soon fascinated Grant. Clearly the plains were ideal for livestock, and slowly his plans for…

Pastured Poultry Profits

Poultry is a fairly easy enterprise to start with, and it doesn’t require a great deal of space, either.  If you are considering raising broilers, either for sale or for home consumption, you may also want to consider reading Pastured Poultry Profits by Joel Salatin. A wealth of information on a wide range of topics…

Belgian Blue

Although gentle, the double-muscled Belgian Blue is tough to raise due to many health and reproductive issues.

5 Ways to Save Money On Seeds

If we avid gardeners were to be brutally honest with ourselves, we would all probably have to admit that we spend way too much money on seeds.  There are always new and exciting varieties to try, and we want to have some extra seeds on hand just in case, and sometimes we get carried away…