Calf Rearing: An Advanced Course April 2011, Paul Van Amburgh (smallfarms.cornell.edu). At what age should you wean a calf off its mother? It takes ten months on mother's milk for full genetic expression and for the endocrine system to fully develop. Never put a calf on a bottle unless you have to. “We tried many methods of calf rearing: bottle feeding, bucket feeding, grain, buckets with nipples, and nurse cows... But raising our own replacements on their mothers is by far our best investment with the biggest payback. We knew that only one individual could raise our replacements and do it far better than we could: their own mothers; who wanted the job.” The result was happy cows and calves, increased disease resistance, full expression of genetic potential, strong, healthy, problem-free cattle with impeccable health, with greater feed efficiency, performance, and longevity. The vet bills are negligent. Replacements are needed for years. They are more fertile, with strong, very predictable heats, and they breed on the first service over and over again. They live a long, healthy, happy life. “The most difficult aspect of raising replacements on their mothers is finding the courage to try it. It is not a process without kinks. But if you get started and are determined to make it work, you will never go back to any other method.”
The benefits of raw milk, raw milk butter, and unpasteurized cheese by Prairies Edge Farm
Body capacity; depth & spring of rib, is something lacking in a lot of miniature cattle. It is something significant to be aware of and to select for when selecting and breeding homestead cattle with grass fed genetics: “Psst, here's a little secret to DEEP cattle and improving depth in your herd....” Silver Maple Dexter blog post, Nov 2018.
What people who believe, “cattle destroy the climate” need to see… REALNESS. There are more and more people so removed from reality that they believe cattle ranches are destroying the planet. This is hard for people who raise cattle to understand or even believe simply because it is the exact opposite is what is happening... lonesomelands.com
Dirt to Soil - Chapter 4: Rethinking Our Livestock Focus
Gabe Brown didn’t set out to change the world when he first started working alongside his father-in-law on the family farm in North Dakota. But as a series of weather-related crop disasters put Brown and his wife, Shelly, in desperate financial straits, they started making bold changes to their farm. Brown—in an effort to simply survive—began experimenting with new practices he’d learned about from reading and talking with innovative researchers and ranchers. As he and his family struggled to keep the farm viable, they found themselves on an amazing journey into a new type of farming: regenerative agriculture. (17 pages)
Do Whole Dairy Products Promote Heart Disease?
Whole milk, cheese and butter have long been demonized as unhealthy, their saturated fat content incorrectly identified as a driver of obesity, heart disease and related health problems. We now know eating fat does not make you fat, and full fat (whole) dairy products are healthy, especially when organic and grass fed.
Regenerative Farming Matters
A report by naturopathic Dr. Mercola, featuring a video by Russell Brand (11:09). As Bill Gates buys up yet more farmland, are we seeing the systematic transfer of land from farmers to oligarchs? In a second video (14:55); Carbon Nation presents a Peter Byck film, in collaboration with AZ State University: When the driving goal of food production is efficiency as opposed to resiliency, the land, water, soil & plants suffer, the livestock suffers, the farmers suffer, and consumers suffer.
The Only Type of Beef You Should Eat
A report by Dr. Mercola. A closer look at pasture fed beef vs. corn fed beef: Regenerative farming vs. industrialized farming. The whole story. Video: Will Harris, a regenerative farming pioneer who runs White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia on Joe Rogan podcast. (Download the PDF for live video links.)
The Healing Benefits of Red Meat
The suppressed truth: Red meat is healthy. In fact, a carnosine diet can actually reset your metabolism and increase health benefits, including weight loss.
How a Vegetarian Diet Can Affect a Pregnancy
Heart & Soil, a company founded by Dr. Paul Saladino to help people return to the way our ancestors ate, produced a 20-minute video discussing the health benefits of eating an animal-based diet when women are pregnant or want to become pregnant. During pregnancy, the food you eat affects your health and the health of your growing baby. This impressive demonstration shows how a vegetarian eating plan affects pregnancy. (Download the PDF for live video links.)
USDA’s Phony ‘Animal Welfare’ Rule and Other Shenanigans
About the only way consumers can be sure they are buying real organic food produced by naturally pasture-raised, happy animals, is from a small local, family-owned farm. "Organic" labels were supposed to be a guarantee of wholesome food but, tragically, organic standards have eroded over the years through the willful violations of factory-farm producers controlled by giant agriculture industry lobbying, who today supply 90% of (one good example:) 'organic' eggs. And now, the situation's about to become even worse. (Download the PDF for live links.)
How to Support Long-Term Fertility of Your Soil
Using simple tools like biochar (essentially charcoal before it is burned further to ash) can boost the carbon content of your soil while enhancing nutrient availability and retention. Farmers can make their own biochar in a simple burning pit. The resulting fertile soil is one part of regenerative agriculture; a key to healthy, sustainable food production. (Download the PDF for live links.)
Benefits of Going Organic
This is a terrific starting point you can take to overhaul and optimize you & your family's health & wellness. Although some people feel it's easier to calculate their taxes than know how to stay healthy, this simple guide & strategy will put that notion to rest in a big hurry. So get started today. (Download the PDF for live links.)