Snags – Charlie Brown Trees for Wildlife

Snags – Charlie Brown Trees for Wildlife Or, Just Because You Suck at Equine and Timber Management Doesn't Mean You Can't be Awesome at Wildlife Management Snags – Standing Timber that Provides Critical Wildlife Habitat There are two dead oaks outside my kitchen...

How We Designed Our House

How We Designed Our House Most of the time, if you want to live on your rural property, you have a few choices – build, remodel, renovate, and other options are available, like a tent, camper or a mobile home. (Of course there’s a chance that you have...

When You Literally Put the Mud in Mudroom

The mudroom looks completely different in the summer. Whenever I go onto Pinterest or Houzz, and type in “mudroom”, there’s all these beautiful white rooms with book bag hooks, and cute little cubbies and even the washer and dryer and I sort of ooh,...
Rotational Grazing 101

Rotational Grazing 101

Rotational Grazing 101 Whether you call it MiG – management intensive grazing – mob grazing, managed grazing, strip grazing or any of a half dozen other names, rotational grazing is a system of allowing animals to graze a pasture, then providing that...
A Few Differences Between Beef Cows and Dairy Cows

A Few Differences Between Beef Cows and Dairy Cows

A Few Differences Between Beef Cows and Dairy Cows This Red Angus cow has the muscularity, smoothness and femininity we like to see in beef cows. This stylish and productive Red and White Holstein is as near to perfect as a dairy cow can get. I was 23 when I moved to...

Direct Marketing Beef

Direct Marketing Beef Direct Marketing, CSAs and Grassfed Beef In addition to the more common means of marketing beef cattle, feeder calves, and as cull cows, direct marketing is another method of marketing cattle that can work in some locations, and for certain...

Cow Beef – It’s What’s for Dinner

Cow Beef – It’s What’s for Dinner Cow Beef Most of the steaks that end up in higher-end restaurants, or the premium steaks at your grocery store, are from “fed cattle”, young animals that eat a high energy ration on a feedlot. Ground beef...

Beef Industry Basics – Part 2

Beef Industry Basics – Part 2 Beef Market Basics Way back in the day, when I was a kid, the local TV stations all did a morning commodity market report, and I used to wonder what in the hell they were talking about. We’ve come a long way. The raucous...