Looking for ways to expand your small-farm dairy business? Milk offers many opportunities for diversifying your product offerings!
When extension centers and other information sources discuss stocking rates, they usually make their recommendations in acres per animal (or animals per acre, depending on the climate and the type of animal). For instance, you might read a factsheet that advocates 5 cow-calf pairs to the acre. There’s one problem with this method of calculating…… Continue reading What are Animal Units?
Tenderness is critical to the meat-eating experience. Nobody enjoys sinking their teeth into a tough steak. A tried-and-true method of testing beef tenderness is the plain old taste test. These days, however, there are ways to objectively measure the precise tenderness of a cut of beef. The Warner-Bratzler Shear Force Test The Warner-Bratzler shear force…… Continue reading Beef Tenderness and the Shear Force Test
While allowing livestock of all types to enjoy the freedom and nutrition of pasture is ideal, there are times when animals may need to be temporarily confined. For instance, you might be raising chicks in a brooder, or you might need to isolate an injured animal in a stall. So how do you keep livestock…… Continue reading Pros and Cons of Deep-Litter Bedding
Is there someone in your family who loves country living? Show that you care with a gift tailored to their favorite interest this Christmas! Allow us to suggest 15 gifts (in no particular order), ranging from cute to indispensable. 1. You Can Farm For either the newbie or the seasoned agripreneur in need of fresh…… Continue reading 15 Gifts for the Country Living Enthusiast
Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense) grows sturdy upright stems ranging from two to eight feet in height. Some stems are branched and others are not, but one thing can be counted on with this species—there will be quite a few of them packed into each clump! Look for a pink or red color near the base…… Continue reading Johnson Grass
An overview of the advantages of sheep milk, the best breeds for dairying, and a few special care considerations.
Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) is a medium-sized grass that ranges from three to seven feet in height. It frequently grows in clumps, but it may also be found growing as a single stalk. The stem is hollow but stiff and upright. The leaves are blue-green in color and flat. They may grow anywhere from 2…… Continue reading Indian Grass
From 3 in 1 to heterosis to yield grade, all those confusing cattle terms you have wondered about.
How to know if you truly have a wool allergy, and what to do about it.