Category Archives: Grass

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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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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Improvements to a “deer rifle”

Since purchasing a Mossberg 464 last year, I’ve done a few things to it which I consider essential to making it a good, reliable deer rifle. To begin with, any rifle you hunt with you need to trust. To trust … Continue reading

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Why hunt?

Some people may wonder why anyone would want to hunt, especially medium game like deer. Our society is virtually pre-occupied with providing entertainment–film, golf, Netflix, professional sports, etc. Why do thousands of folks head out into the woods in November … Continue reading

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