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 […]
Like most old breeds of cattle, the Belgian Blue had its humble origins in the local cattle of its native country. Of course, the native county in this case was Belgium, more specifically the central and northern parts of Belgium, where the breed was raised for both meat and milk. Belgian cattle breeders, like most […]
The Ayrshire breed is largely developed from cattle that have lived in the county of Ayr in southwestern Scotland for hundreds of years. Farmers began seeking to improve their stock after about 1750 and imported a variety of cattle from other countries in an effort to improve both milk and meat production. The resulting breed, […]
The Cattle of Kings may be a novelty breed, but it offers valuable survival and reproductive traits to the beef world.
Those familiar with the popularity of the Angus breed today may be surprised to hear of its humble beginnings. Angus cattle originally descended from polled (naturally hornless) native cattle of Aberdeenshire and Angus, counties in northern Scotland. The strains from the two counties were crossed and recrossed over time until a distinct breed, then called […]
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 […]
Having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte? Why is it bad?
For those of you who want to sell beef, How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder is a must-read! In a friendly, easy-to-understand manner, Holder explains the different aspects of direct marketing entrepreneurs will encounter, such as niches, pricing, distribution, advertising, public relations, and record keeping. You’ll also find out how to have […]