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Animal Whisperers: Using Nature to Fight Pesky Flies

Theresa Westaby has no flies on her farm. Wait… you might be thinking. What?! Ok, “no” flies might be an exaggeration, but only a very…very…very slight one. The Westabys, who are Organic Valley dairy farmer-owners in Illinois, have been using Spalding Fly Predators for 14 years, and they rarely see a fly buzzing around their …

August 31st, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming  |  2 Comments


Organic Farming Connections: A Young Farmer’s Photo Essay

By Peter Schmid, Organic Valley farmer-owner from Washington Since 1996 when my family farm joined Organic Valley, I have grown up as a part of our cooperative and watched it grow. So for years, I have had an appetite for learning about other farms in our cooperative. I have to admit, I have been envious …

August 15th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel  |  1 Comment


Animal Whisperers: Cow Waterbeds—Yes, Really

I never thought I’d see the day when a cow would be resting on a nicer bed than me. Single chamber cow waterbeds were brought to the United States from the Netherlands back in 1999 by DCC Waterbeds inventor Dean Throndsen. Since then, they have become the bedding choice for thousands of farmers across the …

August 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming  |  1 Comment


Rootstock Radio: What Makes Organic Agriculture (& Life on a Farm) Beautiful

Download Regina Beidler calls herself an “accidental farmer,” but her commitment to organic agriculture, sustainability, rural communities, and caring for her animals is deeply intentional (and about as far from accidental as it gets.) Regina and her husband, Brent, own and operate a 40 cow organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. They transitioned to …

August 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Animal Whisperers: Respect the Cowbell

At the word “cowbell,” our first thought might be of an oft-parodied musical instrument (“More cowbell!”). But after that, we may fall into a bucolic scene: a line of cows, the leader wearing a gently dinging cowbell and guiding its fellows back in from the pasture at milking time. The cowbell isn’t just to create a …

July 28th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming


Animal Whisperers: Vacuuming up those Pesky Flies

We all know the feeling—there’s that one pesky fly that has its heart set on aggravating you all day long. Well, imagine being a cow and having a whole bunch of flies aggravating you all day long, while at the same time lacking the dexterity to swat them away. Enter the fly vac. James and …

July 14th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Bringing Amber Waves of Grain Back to Long Island

Once upon a time, Amagansett, New York, like most of Long Island, was farmland serving the burgeoning port city of New York. It produced, among other things, abundant wheat crops, which were ground by local mills into flour to support the urban population. Today, the hamlet, which lies near the tip of Long Island, about …

July 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


Animal Whisperers: From Milking Parlor to Massage Parlor

Dirty cows are uncomfortable cows. Fly-bothered cows are uncomfortable cows. And uncomfortable cows are not happy cows. Plus, they produce less milk. Is there a way, then, to make cows clean and comfortable—short of bathing them individually every day and fanning away the flies by hand? One way is with a rotating cow brush. Scratch …

June 29th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming


Animal Whisperers: Your Local (Bovine) Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s easy to see why cows love pasture: lush grass, fresh air, plenty of space to amble around… Organic farmers have held pasture as a cornerstone of their farming practice since ‘organic’ labels started sneaking into early food co-ops. But even before the distinction between conventional and organic agriculture (when “farming” automatically meant organic farming …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Animal Whisperers: Music Soothes the Savage…er…Gentle Beasts

Sure, excellent diet from pasture and plenty of time outdoors are the rock solid foundation to excellent animal care, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We want to share a few tricks of the organic farming trade that our farmer-owners use to keep their animals in peak condition and “on the sunny side” …

June 15th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


 
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