It was the mid-19th century. The cattle drive era was in full swing. 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 hardy…… Continue reading Texas Fever
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 searching for answers…… Continue reading Storey’s Guide to Raising Beef Cattle
Silage is simply fermented fodder stored in an airtight condition to be fed to livestock later on.
Goat owners, if you can only buy one book on goat health, consider this book by Pat Coleby. It is guaranteed to quickly become a favorite, one you will refer to often whether you raise goats for milk, meat, or fiber. Coleby’s approach in Natural Goat Care to goat care is unique, based on the principle that…… Continue reading Natural Goat Care
Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds on pasture.
We’ve all heard of pH, whether we garden, raise crops, or manage pastures. We know that some plants like a more acidic soil, while some prefer a more alkali soil. But what exactly do acid and alkali mean? The pH scale measures the concentration of hydrogen ions in a dissolved substance. Pure water can be…… Continue reading What is pH?
Both internal and external parasites can be the bane of a livestock owner’s existence. They make your animals’ lives miserable, increase the risk of disease, reduce performance, and just look nasty. Unfortunately, drugs are proving to be increasingly ineffective as parasites adapt to modern chemicals. Isn’t there some natural remedy out there that will consistently…… Continue reading Diatomaceous Earth and Parasite Control
Having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte? Why is it bad?