RURAL REFLECTIONS A Winter without Cattle
If you wonder why I haven't written about our cattle lately, the
reason is simple; they're gone. I sold the cattle last December, the
Hay in January and the straw last week. It has been a wint... Posted on 3/1/13 at 10:52 AM
STAFF BLOG IN THE SPIRIT Going live to the stable
Theirs is a gift that keeps on giving year after year after year.
For the past 24, the people of Holmes United Methodist Church, southwest of Thompson, N.D., have freely given a very special present... Posted on 12/21/12 at 3:08 PM
OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! The Teat Tweet
Everyone who is anyone (and a lot of people really aren't anyone) is now using social media, from your hometown to your church to your mom to your dog.
And now Twitter is going to the cows.
That's rig... Posted on 5/24/10 at 8:31 AM
The typical mid-sized dairy farm uses a large amount of energy during milking activities. This is a result of the frequency of milking and the energy intensive nature of harvesting milk, keeping it cool, and cleaning the equipment with hot water. Renewable energy systems generally become more economically efficient as the amount of energy used increases, making dairy farms a great place to incorporate renewable energy.
Cattle need energy to survive the big picture, but that survival does not mean much if their daily nutrition is not balanced. Growth requires the appropriate combination of many nutrients, including protein, minerals, vitamins and even water.
Sometimes the demands of the moment prevent agriculturalists from thinking about the long-term, big-picture outlook for area agriculture. What does the future hold for agriculture on the Northern Plains?
Minnesota is officially free of bovine tuberculosis, a disease that shook the state's cattle industry a few years back after it was discovered in Roseau County and to this day has caused some ranchers to regularly test their animals.
Different or not, bovine poop bingo is still a game of chance, says the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. That means everyone who plays should have equal opportunity to win. Hence, the full page of rules and regulations for its official state name -- "Cow-a-bunga." And the suspense can be palpable.
A champion Jersey dairy cow was honored with a monument originally placed in front of NDSU's dairy building. Some think the monument — a granite boulder with a bronze plaque hailing her as a "gold medal cow" — marked the spot where she was buried in 1932. Others say there's no proof.
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