The World Devon Congress and Tour

The UK is the Place to be in Early June of 2016

Just a reminder that the World Devon Congress and Tour will be in the UK next June.  The actual dates are June 5-20, 2016.  In the middle of the the two weeks will be the the actual congress with reports from the different Devon […]

Marketing Survey Says

Marketing Research on the Millennial Generation

A high percentage of RDUSA members and others who visit our website market grass finished beef directly to the consumer.  There is an interesting article on marketing beef in the September 2015 issue of COW/CALF PRODUCER  that I think will be useful to direct marketers.  This magazine is a publication […]

An Added Bonus to Your 2015 Conference Experience!

A Post Conference Experience

We have a new post-conference experience for those whose travel plans will allow it.  We have just learned that on the Sunday after the National Show and Sale, Sept. 20, Vic and Alison will be traveling to Lenoir Creek Devons, owned by Charlie and Martha Trantham.  They will be going through the […]

A Break from Jeremy’s Trip

Answering a Question
A couple of weeks ago Guille and I received a question from a RDUSA member about polled and horned genetics.  After my feeble attempt to answer the question, Guille suggested that I post it on the blog in order to have some more informative type articles for newer members who may not have […]

April 26th, 2015|Devons, Genectics, Husbandry, Opinion, Selecting Cattle, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Cattle Prices Must Go Up—via Marginal Cost of Production

I routinely read at least a dozen cattle and agricultural periodicals and magazines, and many of them have recently cited the continuing decline of the US Cattle Herd numbers. Currently, the US Beef herd stands at 29 million head, which represents the smallest herd since 1962, and a decrease of .9% over the past […]

March 4th, 2014|Business, Cattle News, Conventional Agriculture, Opinion|3 Comments

Soil and Society

As breeders of quality Devon cattle, all of whom are destined to become high quality food for humans, we Devon breeders have a special responsibility. Combined, we breeders have a collective thousands, perhaps millions, of acres under our care.

This article by Satish Kumar speaks to the love that Devon breeders bring to their land […]

October 15th, 2013|Linked, Opinion|0 Comments

Sustaining the Family Farm

Historically, the family farm has been the mainstay of North American agriculture. When people thought of farming, they thought of a husband, wife, and their children, living and working full-time on a farm that they owned and managed. However, the full-time family farm has not been the norm for some time, as more and more families have had to supplement farm income by seeking employment off the farm. Many farming operations now owned and managed by families look more like animal factories or mono-crop plantations than family farms of the past. Today, many people in the agricultural establishment – including commodity organizations, government agencies, agricultural universities, and agribusiness corporations – are suggesting that family farms are outdated and are no longer sustainable. And many seem to question whether family farms are even worth saving, if in fact we could save them.

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September 20th, 2011|Conventional Agriculture, Opinion|0 Comments

Bridging the Gaps

Clay Enos, a professional photographer from New York City, recently visited our ranch, referred here by the Community Coop as he traveled back roads across the country on a Vespa motorcycle. Why here? He was touring East to West using the online “Eat Well Guide to the U.S.”, traveling slowly and trying to eat locally grown food as he went, and stopped here for a meal and a chat between Bozeman and Helena. Clay told me that in all his miles of traveling, he continually found that only the most expensive restaurants, countrywide, served locally grown food. Without a kitchen of his own, he said, it was almost impossible to find affordable, locally grown food. No diners, few mid-range restaurants, had anything local.

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September 18th, 2010|Opinion|0 Comments

Health Insurance Does Not Keep Us Healthy

Over the last few years the Gates Foundation has sent millions of dollars into health and food programs in some of the world’s poorest nations. While eminently laudable, the other side of the Gates Foundations’ coin is of a definite benefit to their shareholders worldwide. In an address on agriculture, Gates said “Environmentalists are standing in the way of feeding humanity through their opposition to biotechnology, farm chemicals and nitrogen fertilizer.” What Gates’ speech did not mention is that each of those components is patentable, aggregates power and capital into the hands of a few, and requires cash outlay on a yearly basis for farmers. Which subsistence farmer can afford patented seeds, fertilizer, and herbicides?

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September 18th, 2009|Conventional Agriculture, Opinion|0 Comments

No Money in Grazing Dirt

At 45, I’ve seen many changes in my lifetime. Today’s reality check has me spending 75 bucks to fill my small pickup. I’m also stressing about the prospect of going from 600 dollars to 2500 to heat my family’s home. I fill up at our local fuel station that has been in business for over 50 years. It’s funny to see the ole pump’s numbers highlighted with a Sharpie to indicate the now-obsolete technology because years ago no one figured gas would go over $ 3.99 per gallon.

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September 20th, 2008|Opinion|0 Comments