Braford

Whether crossbred or composite, the Braford is well suited to the hot, humid American South.

Texas Fever

It was the mid-19th century. The cattle drive era was in full swing, and longhorns from Texas were entering Kansas in droves on their way up to the railheads. New towns were booming and fresh beef was being supplied to industrialized, post–Civil War consumers. But something was seriously wrong. The problem was not with the…

You Can Farm

Unlike some of the other Joel Salatin books we recommend, You Can Farm is not a practical how-to guide, but a philosophical challenge geared toward beginners.  It’s a great way to start contesting paradigms and brainstorming outside of the box as you are guided through the process of creating a vision and making it happen….

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…