Category: Cattle

We Have an Animal and Fowl Clean-up Crew. Should You?

On a small place many clean-up tasks can be accomplished by birds and animals. These workers often accomplish tasks for free, or maybe even at a profit for you. Here’s what I mean. All kinds of creatures are glad to … Continue reading

Growing Better Pastures

We have these fields across the road from us and they are a real object lesson in growing grass. The land is in some sort of government wealth-transfer program. For years it’s just been mowed in sections and not all … Continue reading

GMO Livestock Feed

Genetically modified plant materials in feeds for livestock seems weird to me. It also seems suspicious that these materials were considered essentially the same as non GMO materials with virtually no testing. Well, the word is getting out that animals … Continue reading

Reacting to High Grain Prices

When grains are at record prices, that also means that manufactured feed products for livestock carry high prices as well. What’s a small stock farmer or rancher to do when the price of feed seems almost like some kind of … Continue reading

Do Jersey Calves Make Good Beef?

Since Jersey cattle are dairy animals it might seem that the bulls of the breed would hardly be worth much as beef. Let’s look at that idea. The Jersey breed is noted for milk production and not for massive amounts … Continue reading

Feed Hay on Grass

High production dairy animals often have a tough time getting enough feed to produce milk to their potential and to keep up their body weight. Especially for a home dairy, you’re already struggling with high feed costs anyhow and maybe … Continue reading

The Cattle Auction Culture

Ranchers of any size will usually have some experience with cattle auctions.  What an interesting culture you find at these sales.  This is a place to have some fun and excitement and the admission is free.  Try one out some … Continue reading

Better Than a Bank Account

If you have a little extra cash you know you really don’t get much return on it if you put it in a bank.  You get nothing really. What about a little animal project though? Here’s an example. I had … Continue reading

Chucky Boy the Charolais

Have you ever had a 1500 pound pet? Well, we did and his name was Chuck and he just happened to be a purebred Charolais steer. He left the ranch only after staying with us for about 3 years. Here’s how this … Continue reading