What if our farm is the antonym of sustainable? WHAT IF WE FAIL?

I admit it. I’m a geek. To those of you who’ve been following me for a while, that admission isn’t much of a shocker. You’ve already figured out that I was the kid who liked school, got straight A’s, and reveled in the opportunity to take an exam. (Ok – ok – I didn’t revel…

The miracle of birth

Every cattle farmer will tell you, calving season is the best and worst time of the year. The hours are long. The work is exhausting. And sometimes despite all of your best efforts things go wrong. But some days, everything goes right. When I find myself standing in the sunshine watching a cow give birth to a healthy…

The slow work of farming

I’m standing in the barn, typing on an iphone so you know this will be short and error ridden, watching my new twins. We are supposed to start calving in a week or so but have had an early set. Its not uncommon for cows, like people, to have a shorter pregnancy when they are…

Consumer watch reports on antibiotics in meat

Earlier this month, CTV’s Consumer Watch played a brief clip on antibiotic resistance in children and the growing demand for niche-product meats. I found the segment shallow and biased. Biased to the extent it seemed designed to mislead and manipulate viewers rather than inform them. That, in my mind, is the job of marketing agencies –…

Freezing – freezing – cold!

Remember the game kids play, where warmer means you are getting closer? Feels like that today:) Lots of interest in last night’s post so thought I would send a live update from the water-bowl. Current score? Mother Nature 2. Farmer zero. So here I sit with my kettle, heat tape & diesel heate with The…

My daily mantra: feed – water – shelter – health.

Inspire me today says, “Every day should be a positive one, no matter what it may bring you. One way to focus on the positive is to start each day with a mantra…”. They suggest the mantra, “My word of the day is ______ and I will keep it with me.” (they suggest inspiring words…

JUST CALL ME DOROTHY….OZ’S FANTASY ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS IN MEAT

I feel like Dorothy – a young (well ok, youngish) girl plucked from the reality based pragmatic world of the farm – and dropped into Oz where fantasy, fiction, and myths are accepted as reality. My proverbial tornado is the media storm that is swirling around antibiotic use in livestock. The insanity hit a new…

Liquid Gold… Millions attest to a miracle cure

Miracle cure-all! Saves millions of lives every year! Drink this life-giving, fulfilling, natural, nourishing to guarantee health. What’s the catch? It’s seasonally available and even then, supply is limited. Honest! This really exists in the real world. What would you give to try it? What if I told you that I have witnessed almost immediate…

Humility

We all love the opportunity to publically announce we are an idiot  – right? Well, here I am. I walked right into it. First, to understand this, you need to understand my twitter policy. I don’t retweet things without reading and looking at them. No matter how enticing the title sounds I’m not going to…