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June, 2017

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  |  Posted by Caroline Carlson | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living

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

We wanted to share with you a few of our secrets around keeping animals happy and healthy. 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 …

June 15th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming

On the Record: Organic Valley Strongly Supports USDA Organic Animal Care Standards

Organic Valley strongly supports the USDA’s final rule on organic animal care standards. Our farmer-owned cooperative, which works with thousands of organic dairy, hog and poultry producers, has long advocated for action to clarify the conditions and expectations for animal care in organic farming. We have lived with inconsistencies in organic livestock and poultry production …

January 20th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record, Organic Farming

What You Need to Know About the USDA Organic Animal Welfare Regulations

On April 7th, the USDA proposed new organic animal welfare regulations. The long-awaited regulations would provide better living conditions, including more access to the outdoors, for animals raised for organic meat and poultry, and for organic egg production. The regulations stand to improve the lives of millions of animals and uphold the integrity of the USDA …

May 18th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record

Into the Driftless – A Special Housemate, A Better Neighbor: The Bat

When you move from the city to the Driftless country, there are a few things you have to get used to – businesses close by 5pm, buggy is an accepted form of transportation, and rifles are sold at Walmart. One thing that I’ve been more challenged to warm up to, is a small, winged visitor …

May 6th, 2016  |  Posted by Kelly Slentz | Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors

Why did our %#$!!# chickens cross the road?

Remember a while back when I blamed last year’s turkeys for our chickens’ sudden bad behavior? I may have to take it back, even though the turkeys won’t have the luxury to gloat after my heartfelt apology. Sorry. Our chickens used to be such good citizens. After at least twelve years minding their own business …

May 2nd, 2016  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Organic Veterinarian Dr. Paul Dettloff

Download Dr. Paul Dettloff, DVM, has over 45 years experience in sustainable dairy production, with the last 25 years in practice as a large animal veterinarian and today offers an impressive array of techniques and diagnostic skills to the care and wellness of organic farm animals. He is the owner and developer of a company …

March 24th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Cow Nutrition & Us with Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines

Download Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM is Organic Valley’s ruminant nutritionist. That simple title conceals quite the background for Dr. Silvia, who has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition. As Organic Valley’s ruminant nutritionist, she travels around the country helping Organic Valley farmers improve the nutrients available in their pastures. …

March 15th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Dr. Guy Jodarski, Organic Valley Veterinarian

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, we’re here with Dr. Guy Jodarski, one of Organic Valley’s staff veterinarians who specializes in holistic and organic animal care. He has practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years, and today he has an emphasis on dairy herd health and preventative techniques. He enjoys teaching farmers how to keep their animals …

March 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio

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