Ask A Farmer
ANSWER: Springtime is when we put cows on pasture and when we plant our crops – alfalfa and field corn – which is fed to our cows.
This time of year, in April and early May, our dairy farm transitions from winter to spring. I love this time of the year: ...read more
Answer: All animals have natural occurring hormones. So there’s no such thing as hormone-free pork. Also, no supplemental growth hormones are given to pigs.
I was driving around the country and I came across a sign advertising pork for sale, more specifically, “hormone-free pork.” I have seen similar advertising in small ...read more
Q: How are cattle farmers educated and trained on animal practices, food safety and quality?
A: I am certified through the Beef Quality Assurance program, with principles of best management practices and safe operating procedures designed to meet U.S. food production standards.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) is an education program for farmers ...read more
Q: How are dairy farms different today, based on modern technology, compared to the days of milking cows by hand?
A: Farmers don’t milk cows by hand anymore. Today most farms have milking parlors and can milk several cows at a time. Technology has improved dairy farming.
My Grandpa milked cows by ...read more
Answer: The holidays are a special time and meant to be shared with family. However, livestock farmers still need to tend to their animals and don't have the holidays off.
As a farmer who raises pigs, I dislike holidays. Why? On a livestock farm, animals require daily care, including holidays.
You see, I ...read more
Answer: Pens allow farmers to sort cattle by size, gender, diet and quantity. This separation offers uniformity and a better environment for the beef cattle.
Often, I get the questions, “Why do you have so many pens of cattle? Can’t they all just be together?”
The simple answer is no…when you are ...read more
Answer: There are several reasons dairy farms are going out of business: lower milk prices, oversupply, lack of markets, less consumption and diminishing exports.
In 2014 we had record milk prices of over $25 per hundredweight. Dairy farmers get paid by the hundredweight which is 100 pounds of milk or just ...read more
Answer: Yes, the quality and standards of food produced in the United States are second to none.
Very few items that we buy today last as long as we think they should and are usually cheaper to replace than to repair. That is not the case with the agricultural products that ...read more
Answer: With fresh hay and wheat available in the summer, cattle enjoy the new crop filled with more nutrients. On hot, summer days they drink more fresh water and keep cool by being in the shade or a building with a breeze or fans to circulate air.
Cattle diets can vary ...read more
Answer: Our cows are on pasture from late spring to early fall when the weather is good. We rotate cows between pastures to graze on forages. In the winter, our cows are housed in barns for shelter and comfort.
On our dairy farm we provide our cows with pastures. Some dairy ...read more