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...

In farming and acting, community is key


Swords clashed, fighters groaned and the audience gasped as a battle raged on stage and actors fell to the ground.At the end, spoiler alert, the...

Cows are covered with snow blanket


A blanket of snow covered my black and red Scottish Highlanders turning them white.When it snows you might ask, “why don’t you bring your cows...

Civil War musket shot cow, not fatally


The bullet was lodged under the steer’s skin for at least six months. It was a bullet, called a minié, from a rifle-musket that didn’t kill the...

Local cattle root for Patriots


Gameday is here and my livestock are ready, are you?Our Scottish Highlander cattle like to wear Patriot’s bling while the pigs just like to eat the...

Rescue mission for a down cow


Just after feeding, I saw a white belly and kicking legs in the back pasture. Two yearlings were staring at the form on the ground.Something was...

Twin calves reunited on farm


This week, I took four pigs and a heifer to the butcher. Processing animals that I have spent so much time raising is challenging and sad, but we...

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