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...

Beef Industry Basics

Beef Industry Basics When Others Look to You for Answers     ​Knowing How the Beef Industry Works is a Great First Step in Knowing How Virginia Farming Works When you feel like you’ve just sort of been plopped down on a farm, it can be really hard to...
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 pasture with a rest period....
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 central Virginia, and one of the first things I...

About All That Mud

About All That Mud It looks terrible now, but in another month, a little dozer work and vigorous green grass will remove any vestiges of these ruts. These cows are waiting for me to remove the wire between them and their new "break". Rotationally grazed pastures can...