Ask A Farmer/Farm Family

What does hormone-free pork really mean?

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 more

How are cattle farmers educated and trained?

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 more

How are dairy farms different today?

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 more

How do you juggle the holidays with your family and farm?

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 more

Why do you separate beef cattle with pens on your farm?

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 more

Why Are We Losing So Many Dairy Farms?

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 more

Why can’t you leave cows on pasture year-round?

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 more