A book by Joel Salatin is guaranteed to inspire brainstorming, and Salad Bar Beef is no exception. Salatin repeatedly points out the fact that humans tend to overcomplicate things, and the current state of the beef industry is proof—ruminants designed to eat grass are fed costly grains in a confinement system. So what does he proposeContinue reading “Salad Bar Beef”
Pat Coleby’s guiding principle seems to be that if you provide the animal with the right vitamins and minerals, it will heal itself. She seeks to work with the animal’s natural immune system, rather than to suppress it with antibiotics and other drugs. Natural Cattle Care, covering both beef and dairy cattle, demonstrates the applicationContinue reading “Natural Cattle Care”
One of the best ways to achieve a balanced approach to stewardship is to observe and mimic nature, putting the laws of creation to work for us.
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 thatContinue reading “Natural Goat Care”
What is that strange-looking weed your favorite milk goat just ate? Your nationwide field guide either doesn’t have a picture of it or provides such a confusing explanation of the plant’s range that you can’t really decide if it’s even likely to exist in your part of Kansas. What to do? When you encounter anContinue reading “Wildflowers & Grasses of Kansas”
Management-intensive grazing (MiG) is difficult to define because of its flexibility. Simply put, MiG is a systems approach to keeping grazing animals of all kinds. It starts with goals (environmental, economic, and lifestyle) and progresses to a grazing plan that takes your unique circumstances into account. MiG has much to offer those who keep grazingContinue reading “What is Management-Intensive Grazing?”
With a little time and effort (and a few Osage orange trees) you can make your own fence posts and save some money.
Soil type is a key piece of the farming equation, one that will affect many of your practices. Here are just the basics of sand, silt, clay, and loam.
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?”
Having a field full of endophyte-infected fescue is not a good thing…but what is an endophyte? Why is it bad?