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August, 2017

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  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | 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  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | 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  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | 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  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


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  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | 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  |  Posted by Caroline Carlson | 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  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, 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


 
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