Raising cattle is one of the best jobs in the world. Every day is different and when working with livestock, you have no clue what's waiting for you around the next fence post. Whether I'm traveling across the country or interacting with people online to share my agriculture story, I receive a ton of questions. … Continue reading How many calves can a beef cow have?
During the past few weeks, there has been an onslaught of questions about the beef supply chain and how beef is arriving in our grocery stores. Accurate answers to many of these questions are difficult to come by because there is so much uncertainty surrounding our current pandemic. Last week, I had the opportunity to … Continue reading Beef Questions and Answers | Interview with a Nutritionist
When winter storms strike, livestock farmers and ranchers do a number of things to prepare, not only for their home and family but also for their livestock before the storm hits. On occasion, these storms strike with such a fury, that impacts may be catastrophic and historic in nature. Even in a cattle feedlot. … Continue reading Caring for Feedlot Cattle During a Winter Storm
I am often asked how antibiotics are used in cattle. Every situation is different and every veterinary prescription can change depending on a large number of environmental factors. The following Questions and Answers regarding antibiotics use in cattle come from South Dakota State University Extension. Be sure to visit their page to learn more about … Continue reading How Are Antibiotics Used in Cattle? | Ask A Farmer
How does the old joke go? If you walk into the sale barn cafe, there's a good chance you'll be able to hear a someone griping about the cattle markets or the weather. Two subjects that are ever-changing, and neither will be just right. Too much moisture, or temperature swings to wide. If we sell … Continue reading Cattle Market Trends, Seasonality and Resources
Everyone has a different calving season. Some have none at all. Some folks begin Spring calving in January, others wait until March or even May. Then you have Fall calving season that can begin in September or October. With so much difference, what's the right answer for everyone? There isn't one! And if someone tells … Continue reading Calving Season – What works for your operation?
How would I work differently if a non-farmer/rancher followed me around on the farm for a day? Well, my first impulse is to say I would not do anything differently, but every time someone visits the house I make sure the house is picked up, the dishes are done, and the dirty clothes are stashed … Continue reading Visit from a Non-Farmer for a Day