Most of my friends & family now understand that I am a bit weird. And they’re used to it. No one even raises their eyebrows anymore when we bring home a new farm animal or start building a new structure/fence/tractor/whatever. So it’s all good. But then there are those other times when I happily run to town in my muck boots and manure-smudged jeans, and I see someone who doesn’t know me very well… And…"10 Things Your Friends Just Don’t Understand"
Supplying adequate nutrition to the cow is critical during the 60 days prior to calving and immediately after calving"Beef Cattle Is A Major Industry In PA With Over 25,000 Farms"
The 54 Texas counties declared a disaster area due to Hurricane Harvey contain over 1.2 million beef cows, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture inventory report"1.2 Million Beef Cows In 54 Texas Counties Affected By Hurricane Harvey"
The antibiotic resistance crisis is largely a numbers game. Every time antibiotics are used in humans and animals, the risk for emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria goes up"Report Outlines Steps To Reduce Antibiotic Use On The Farm"
Anaplasmosis is an infectious blood disease in cattle caused by certain bacteria transmitted by ticks worldwide"USDA Grants MU $460,000 to Develop Immunizations for Tick-Borne Disease"
Everyone likes a good bargain, but when it comes to hay, low price often equates to poorer quality. Because hay is often sold by the bale, the amount of savings from the “good bargain” can be reduced substantially if there is a negative impact on herd nutrition"Bargain Hay is No Bargain if it is Poor Quality"
When hay is harvested nutrients are removed from the field. A ton of alfalfa removes approximately 13 pounds of phosphorus (as P2O5) and 50 pounds of potash (as K2O). According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Ohio harvested 2.6 tons per acre of alfalfa in 2016"Livestock Manure; an Option for Replenishing Soil Nutrients in Hay Fields"