Grass-fed meats are showing up everywhere—in grocery stores, at farmer’s markets, and on the menus of burger joints and fine dining restaurants. Why? Because, compared to grain-fed, the meat is healthier for people (it has a more nutritious fat profile and more vitamins and minerals), is healthier for the environment, and has a more delicious flavor profile. There’s also the issue of humane treatment: Grass-fed animals living on open pasture almost always enjoy a better life than their grain-fed counterparts who spend the last months of their lives confined to feedlots.
Check Items Inspected: Yes No N/A Date Corrected Farm Tractors ___ ___ ___ _____________ 1. Is the tractor equipped with a rollover protective structure (ROPS)? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 2. Do you always wear seatbelts with ROPS? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 3. Do you read the operator’s manual and follow operating, maintenance and safety recommendations made by the manufacturer? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 4. Do you conduct a pre-operational inspection of the tractor and observe bystanders and hazardous objects before operation ___ ___ ___ _____________ 5. Do you enforce the “NO RIDERS” rule? Yes No N/A Date Corrected ___ ___ ___ _____________ 6. Is there a clean, reflective slow moving vehicle sign (SMV) on the rear of the tractor or the towed implement? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 7. Are all warning labels readable and in place? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 8. Do you lock brake pedals together before traveling on roads and do they operate evenly? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 9. Do you use safety hitch pins and chains for towed equipment? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 10. Is there a first aid kit and fire extinguisher on the tractor? ___ ___ ___ _____________ 11. Do you provide adequate ventilation when operating tractors in buildings?
Grapegrower report: Organic practices make the differenceNapa Valley RegisterWhile the next four to five months are not normally considered the growing season in the vineyards, at the certified organic Oakville Ranch Vineyards, this is the time of...
Organic farmers throughout the Canadian province of Ontario are counting the days until they officially lose their organic certifications as a result of potential commercial plantings of genetically-modified (GM) alfalfa.
We had found on Craigslist some folks who were parting with 6 donkeys. My good friend, and fellow ranch owner, Andrew Siemer and I loadced up the kids and we headed to New Braunfels to pick of these donkeys. When we arrive the donkeys were so docile and friendly. Real lovers! The sad part was they had so many wounds on them. Bite marks, puncture wounds, open flesh wounds, they were malnourished, it was heart wrenching.
The American Grassfed Association Certification Committee has added BovaZyme®, a feed additive distributed by RJ Ag Products, L.L.C., to the list of supplements approved for use in beef and dairy cattle feeding.
There is no reason you can't raise pigs in a healthy and humane way and still make profits. You just have to want to do this. Our animals comfort and lifestyle is our foremost concern on our ranch. "Good for the animals, Good for the planet" thats our motto and we live by it!
Is a large, reddish brown hog, their hair is around an inch long. They have a red fleshy growth hanging from either side of the neck, called a wattle. They have a relatively small snout compared to many other breeds. They average 600-800 pounds when grown, but have been known to reach 1500 pounds. As you would expect the male is larger than the female. The stand roughly 4 feet tall, and are 8 feet in length.
They are great foragers, which suits them well to pasture raising. They produce a lean flavorful meat.
They are currently on the critically endangered list of the American Livestock Conservancy.
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