Category Archives: Rotational Grazing

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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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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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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Zanon Lawnmower

I recently purchased a 40″ Zanon lawnmower for my Grillo 110 two-wheeled tractor. It is a very impressive (to me) machine, and it really makes me wonder why they are not more common stateside. The Zanon coupled to the G110 … Continue reading

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Duckingham Palace

Ducks are basically like chickens. I think this misconception, very common among poultry keepers, is the greatest obstacle to keeping ducks. All poultry books I’ve read (except one) are about chickens, then they tack on ducks, geese, and turkeys at … 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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