Category Archives: Dairy Cattle

Clothes dryer

I really find it funny how the marketing folks at appliance companies think. I am seeing now “eco” branding appearing on clothes dryers, both gas and electric. How absurd. These contrivances can neither be ecological nor economic. Unless you live … Continue reading

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Starvation is Cruelety

I see this with alarming frequency, particularly with smaller dairy cattle (Jerseys, Gurnesys and Dexters). People who THINK they know how to take care of a diary cow, but really are just abusing (usually starving) them. This is because of … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Mowing

Mowing is something that should be generally avoided, but can be just the right prescription if weeds or over grown pasture plants are what ails you. Mowing uses fuel and time, puts wear and tear on machine and man (or beast), … Continue reading

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My Little Manure Spreader

Almost everyone has at least kid’s farm book idea of an agricultural tractor. They will probably also know something of the common domestic animals (from Old MacDonald’s farm, if nothing else) and, of course, the plow—probably a bit of nonsense … Continue reading

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Time to plant forage

August is a busy time of year in my climate. Contrary to what many people think, this is the time of year to plant perennial forage plants, not in spring. I had to learn this the hard and expensive way, … Continue reading

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Green Manure

I no longer like to make pure Red Clover hay; I think it is not good for dairy cattle for at least two reasons: 1) the pseudoestrogens in it mess with their hormones, to the point that open heifers will … Continue reading

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Tree-line mowing, a vision, and the Terminator

One of the challenges of fences and trees are that they are difficult to mow around; this reason, more than anything else it seems, determines the pattern of the rural countryside. People generally have unmanaged woodlots scattered among vast fields … Continue reading

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