Category Archives: Dairy Cattle

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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Stockpiling forage

One of the happy things about stockpiling is that it works very well with innate human laziness. Stockpiling is basically letting a pasture or hayfield grow up to maturity or near maturity in the fall before growth greatly slows after … Continue reading

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Vacuum Sealer

Wow, what a great little gadget. I am normally very suspicious of kitchen gadgets, even ones with broad acceptance in our society, but there are some that are very worthwhile. A good manual meat grinder is nearly essential if you … Continue reading

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Ruminant “Magic”

Most people simply don’t realize this fundamental fact of agriculture. The edible herbivorous animals–ruminants (cattle, sheep, and goats)–employ a legion of symbiotic bacteria that live in their rumen, the first chamber in their four-chambered stomach, which can break down cellulose … Continue reading

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