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Bringing the Grass to the Cows

Today we’re feeding the cattle bales of summer grass. I thought it might be interesting to show the process of feeding, and to look at the protective bale rings we use to prevent the cattle from trampling their valuable feed …

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Grass Fed Beef

When the Grass Isn’t Growing, What Do Grass Fed Cattle Eat?

We often emphasize the importance of “grass fed and grass finished” as a standard for feeding our beef cattle. Grass fed cattle are eating the kind of food that suits them best, and this is a very different diet compared …

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Behind the ScenesFood Policy

Empty Shelves and Farm Economics

My mom sent me pictures of the meat cases at her nearby grocery store. Many shelves were sparsely filled, while others were completely bare. We seem to be facing wave after wave of disruptions in our commodity markets, and there’s …

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Behind the ScenesPasture Farming

Plans Built on Grass

Everything I plan is stacked on layers of utterly unpredictable events and utterly uncontrollable forces. And yet I find that the more planning I do, the better prepared I am for the year. Winter is time for farm planning. This …

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Behind the Scenes

Farm Goals for 2022

Enjoying the quiescence of our winter schedule, Rachel and I have been using this time to make plans for Wrong Direction Farm for the new year. Whenever I do my listmaking, I invariably fill the sheet with all sorts of unachievable …

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Pasture Raised Poultry

When Your Fancy Free Range Chicken Comes from the Same Place as Walmart’s Chicken

I was intrigued to read this morning a new article from ProPublica on the chicken industry. The piece covers two somewhat divergent topics. One topic relates to the sourcing of chicken, the other relates to bacterial contamination rates in certain …

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Grass Fed Beef

Rachel’s Thoughts on Herding Cattle

Rachel recorded this video about how she herds the cattle when she needs to gather them from a large field. As with most other skilled activities, it can look easy and natural, but that’s only the case after one has …

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Grass Fed Beef

Always Amazed By Cows

I found two stories this week that corroborate my observations about the power of cattle to improve diversity in the landscape. I don’t claim that cattle will always be the solution to any problem, but I do believe that when …

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Behind the Scenes

Installing Fence Posts on the Farm

Our high tensile fences in the pastures are strung on wooden fence posts, each sunk four feet deep. Over the years we’ve slowly added permanent fences throughout the farm. We’re inching our way to the finish line, this year adding …

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Pasture Farming

The Phone Call We Dread

“You aren’t asleep, are you?” It was 10:15 Sunday night and my neighbor Mike was calling. I knew it wouldn’t be good news. “Your cows are up next to my barn. A big group of them.” And there goes a …

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