Category Archives: Pasture Farming

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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The Drought Breaks

This year our drought came late, and was particularly acute in the final two weeks of September. We’ve had little rain since early September, so the ground was very dry. This was probably punishment for getting all excited after the … Continue reading

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An Ode to White Clover

One of the most unheralded, yet important, plants of agricultural merit is the little White Clover plant. The Irish seem to have understood its importance. The plant which England chose to represent itself, the Rose, is beautiful no doubt, but … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

I am not at all sure how the phrase “Indian Summer” came into use, but what it describes is a basically summer that lingers well into Autumn or one that “re-appears” after a period of Autumn-like weather. The latter case … Continue reading

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Family Cow breeds

The reason why we keep a Jersey is pretty simple. Jerseys are the breed most adapted to small-scale dairying or being a “family cow” because that is how they were kept on the little Isle of Jersey,¬†where they originated, for … 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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Hurricane Harvey Wasn’t All Bad

What brought 50 inches of rain and disaster to Texas has brought two to three inches of gentle rain to Indiana, just what we needed after a dryish August. I am fully expecting strong autumn growth of cool season grasses, … Continue reading

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