Category Archives: Dairy Cattle

Ghee and its uses

There are many good tutorials on how to make Ghee from butter out there. It is a pretty straightforward process. What is not commonly appreciated is the utility of Ghee and its importance to the small scale farmer or homesteader. … Continue reading

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From Corn Fields to Pastures

A process we undertook a few years ago, which is considered challenging by some, was to convert a continuous cornfield into a pasture/hayfield. There are certain challenges to be appreciated here. The first is that if it has been a … Continue reading

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Frost Seeding

It’s getting time to Frost Seed, and if you haven’t bought them yet, do so now. Some companies that sell quality forage seed and have a distributor network in the Midwest: Byron Seeds, LLC Cisco Farm Seed Ampac Seed Company

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It’s Cold!

It has been very cold lately. Usually it never even gets this cold at any point in the winter. It’s already made it to negative 6 degrees F here. At least the wind hasn’t been too bad. Icicles have been … Continue reading

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Stockpiling II

Ongoing experimentation with forage-based feeding of dairy cattle continues to yield good information.┬áThis Winter has come unexpectedly early and is unusually cold, yet our stockpiled Ryegrass pastures are holding up well. Of course we feed hay in the barn at … Continue reading

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Low effort tender grass-fed baby beef

We had our calf slaughtered two weeks ago, he dry-aged for 8 days at a local slaughterhouse, and we took him home in four quarters. We are now most of the way through butchering him. We’ve eaten a few meals … Continue reading

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Milk tastes “weird”

Some people accustomed to drinking store bought milk that try our milk think it tastes “weird.” It was described sometimes as a “chemical” taste. I knew it wasn’t because of spoilage. Our milk is very clean and fresh, and we … Continue reading

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