The Angus is now America’s top beef breed. A Certified Angus Beef program and a strong presence in the fast-food industry have made Angus the choice of many in the cattle business.
Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds on pasture.
Permanent fencing is sometimes necessary, but it can also be costly. However, with a little time and effort (and a few Osage orange trees) you can make your own fence posts and save some money. Why Osage orange? It lasts. Once the wood dries, it’s iron tough. Just watch out for the thorns. You willContinue reading “How To Make Osage Orange Fence Posts”
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 beContinue 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 consistentlyContinue 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?
The number of breeds available to the homesteader or chicken enthusiast can be astounding. Just flip through a hatchery catalog. Who would have thought there were so many different kinds of chickens? To whittle down the options and select a breed or breeds you are going to be satisfied with, you need to have atContinue reading “Choosing a Breed of Chicken”
If you are looking for a basic guide to purchasing and caring for a flock of sheep, try Sheep Production in Kansas. This 76-page bulletin was originally published by the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1927. The bulletin covers a variety of topics, including sheep selection, pasturing, feeding, and housing. Want to know: Which breedContinue reading “Free eBook: Sheep Production in Kansas”
For those of you who want to sell beef, How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder is a must-read!
The best way to solve an egg production problem is to keep good records well before the problem starts.