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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, Featured Post, Organic Farming

Rootstock Radio: The Science of Grass

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, we speak to Kevin Mahalko, organic farmer and Grazing Specialist at GrassWorks, a non-profit organization based in Wisconsin that promotes managed grass-based agriculture. Kevin previously served as president of the board at GrassWorks and continues to be active in the education of new Graziers. He and his dad, Ken, have …

October 25th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

How Soil and Pasture Relates to Animal Health—And Your Health

“How Soil and Pasture Relates to Animal Health—And Your Health” was written by Organic Vally / CROPP Staff Ruminant Nutritionist Silvia Abel-Caines, PhD, DVM. In 1907, the promotional phrase “Carnation Condensed Milk, the milk from contented cows” was introduced. This slogan referred to the higher quality milk produced by happy cows grazing lush, Pacific Northwest pastures. Fortunately, …

June 17th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Health & Wellness

5 really, really nice things you can do for your cows

Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “5 really, really nice things you can do for your cows” was written by Andy Radtke for the Spring 2008 edition of Rootstock. 1. Rub your hands together vigorously before milking. Please. There is …

June 2nd, 2015  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault

Why my cows have grass stains

The winter is over and the long awaited first day of pasture is here.  The cows are always excited to see fresh grass, but nothing like the first day of pasture to kick start the grazing season!

May 9th, 2013  |  Posted by Jake Wedeberg | Published in Organic Farming  |  4 Comments

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