Here is the deal. I strongly disagree with bashing competing sectors of Agriculture Production for one's benefit. I continually see this by people using labels of grain vs grass fed, big ag vs family farm, organic vs conventional. Many tend to use words like "inhumane" to scare people. Because of this constant bashing, consumers shiver … Continue reading Production Ag: Can We Work Together?
At our feedyard we handle many groups of age and source verified cattle. Good News: This is a great program that is gaining momentum and increasing guaranteed premiums for producers. Bad News: This is just another set of paperwork and thought processes I have to go through as a receiver in the feedyard.I remember just … Continue reading Technology Upgrade: EID Tag Reader
When it comes to production Agriculture, there is strength in numbers on the farm or ranch. People have joked for some time about having more kids because they are "free labor" but in reality the kids are a big part of a family farm operation. I was always at my dad's side while growing up; … Continue reading Wordless Wednesday: Family Tradition
As I sit here in the feedlotLooking at a schedule that's quite a frightMy mind wonders back to WyomingA place that sounds just right.The weather was not so warmOn that summer day in mid-JulyWhen the cattle needed movingUnderneath that big ole mountain skyWe loaded up the horses and trailered up the the mountainEveryone was loaded … Continue reading
Who knew there were so many people just looking for an internship simply to have something on a resume. Now, I know everyone has to get their start somewhere, but companies are not interested in spend time and money on interns that obviously have no interest at all in working in that company's field.Maybe I … Continue reading Recruiting Ventures
Vlog. Video Blog. It is a great and easy way to share your story. Maybe you do not think of yourself as a great writer and find it difficult to write down your story in a blog. Have you tried telling your story through a Vlog? Video blogging is a great way to share a … Continue reading Sharing Through Video
After being in Texas since May, I finally found an opportunity to make a trip home to Arkansas. For a few days I have traded the wind and endless horizons of the High Plains for the hills and humidity of Arkansas. It is great to see trees and water again after being gone for 4 … Continue reading The Long Road to Fall
Where has summer gone? Tonight will mark the beginning of fall and a special Harvest moon. (Read about that on my AgProud blog!) I am in Stillwater, Oklahoma this week talking to possible feedyard recruits at Oklahoma State University. It is a rather weird experience to be on the other side of the table. Last … Continue reading No Steak for Cattle Feeders?
Finally, this time of year has returned. Harvest 2010 (Found on Twitter as #Harvest10 feed) is in full swing and tonight many people will be celebrating with the Harvest Moon. The Harvest Moon is designated as the Full Moon phase that occurs closest to the start of Fall, both of which happen tonight. The Harvest … Continue reading Harvest Moon
Factory Farm. Big Ag. Corporate Agriculture. CAFO. These are just a few of the terms used by those who oppose large business agriculture in today's food production. Let's face it, agriculture is made of many different farms, ranches, and operations, none of which are exactly the same. Some may be owned by families, others by … Continue reading The Face Of Food Production