Hands-on learning experience


They clipped cattle, fed piglets, shoveled manure, weaned calves and hunted for eggs. They also figured out how to make a living wage doing what...

Mistake proves fatal for little pig


I held her close. Her heartbeat was strong but fast. Her rasping breath was sucking air in then pushing it out as she fought for life. She was...

Farm visitors


They came from Australia, Hawaii, South Korea and even Nashua to visit our cows and pigs. We’ve even had visitors come from Vietnam. They are all...

Turning cow waste into plant food


The caller spoke with a slight twang, perhaps a Southern accent?“How much would a truckload of composted cow manure cost? I need it for my lawn...

Not fit for stores, but fit for cow


The cows charged down the hill, lining up along the gate in anticipation as the white delivery truck pulled into the barnyard. The chickens joined...

A baby is born on the farm


The calf tumbled over, head flopping as he attempted to get his legs under control. Blasting wind and horizontal rain was not going to stop this...

Piglets move into the tub


There are seven baby pigs in my bathtub. I thought one or two would need help, but three days after their birth it seemed wise to move the...

Waiting for babies


No newborns yet. Eleven calves and myriad piglets are due, but expectant mothers are still expecting.I know how many calves are coming as each cow...

A mucky second return of spring


Second mud season is here.In February, the ground thawed enough to put up a fence to move the breeding hogs out of their slushy-mucky paddock. Ice...

Cow names help track needs


‘Why do you name your cattle?” I’ve been asked.All cattle need identification. If one of my 80 head of cattle gets sick, pregnant or injured, it is...

Follow cattle from farm to fork


You know that beef comes from a cow or steer, right? Did you know that each cow provides only two tenderloin roasts and it can take four critters...

Why do we eat meat?


‘Why do we eat meat?” This a question I struggled with when I was a vegetarian. In the 1990s, I was sure it was wrong to eat beef. I hated the fact...

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