They Tried to Tell Us She’s Too Young

With apologies to that old popular song, at last year’s NADA convention, Ken McDowell reported that he has not had one open heifer in his 30 years of managing the Rotakawa herd in New Zealand. Ken said the major factor in this remarkable achievement is almost certainly his practice of not breeding his heifers until they are in their second year, producing their first calf at three years of age.


September 20th, 2012|Husbandry|0 Comments


Listeriosis, also known as circling disease, is caused by bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. It is most often seen in temperate climates and affects ruminants, camelids, and, in rare instances, horses, with wide-ranging symptoms listed below. This bacterium thrives where there is moisture and organic material and the pH is in the 5-10 range.


September 20th, 2010|Disease|0 Comments

Adventures in Nutrient Management

Bluebirds frolicked overhead on a bright and sunny December 2007 day scoping out possible nesting sites for 2008 before heading south. Whether it was global warming or not, it was a beautiful day last year to stick an auger in the ground and take soil samples of the entire farm. Being questioned by experts many times at the podium for not knowing my in-depth soil fertility, precipitated a move after 17 years, to get a soil analysis and have a nutrient management plan developed. This plan, cost shared by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will ultimately land me on the Environmental Working Group’s website after a 130 year farm history of not being in any government programs.


September 20th, 2009|Husbandry, Soil Fertility|0 Comments

More on Getting Started

Note: Linda recently posted a three-part series on getting into grass farming. Her articles prompted the following letter from Jeff Price of Lancing, Tennessee. Here’s his letter and Linda’s response.
Dear Linda,

I have a question in regards to how you applied minerals to your fields. Did you buy 50- lb bags of boron and […]

September 18th, 2009|Husbandry|0 Comments