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Welcome to the Farm Credit Knowledge Center Blog!  This blog is a combination of posts from industry experts, Knowledge Center staff and guest contributors covering all aspects of agriculture and life in the country.  We want you to participate in this blog, sharing your thoughts and comments about the topics posted here.

March 2017

Farming Methods - Rotational Grazing

Spring is here, and it actually feels like spring today!  With the few warm days that we’ve had recently, it also starting to look like spring…some of the early flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to show buds, and the grass is starting to green up – and much to my husband’s dismay, grow as well!  That grass is oh so important to livestock producers who have been feeding hay all winter; it signifies that the grazing season is not far away.  Pastures are an important tool for anyone who grows livestock and, properly managed, can do an incredible job at providing nutrients.  As a part of our “farming methods” series, we’d like to share a little bit about rotational grazing and some of the benefits and advantages of this farming method.
 
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When in Doubt...

Anyone else feel like winter finally woke up, looked and the calendar, and said “I better get a move on it” last week?  We have had a fairly mild winter with next to no snow, and with Spring a week away, we get the most significant accumulation of snow we’ve had all year last Monday night/Tuesday.  Granted, it was still not a huge amount, definitely less than we’ve seen in previous years, but it came with cold temperatures and some pretty nasty wind.  And of course, for many cattlemen, it came right as cows are calving.  Many producers will hold off calving in January and February, and aim instead for the end of February into March to try to avoid some of the really bad winter weather, and this storm just proved that strategy doesn’t always work.  In fact, I know of two situations where a calf was born early Tuesday morning…
 
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Why Agriculture?

There have been several times over the years when someone would ask “Why do you want to be involved in agriculture?”; “Why do you want to work in the agriculture/cattle/livestock industry?”; or “Why would you want to raise cattle/crops/hay?”  The questions may vary slightly, but essentially they were asking “Why agriculture?”  Seems like a simple question doesn’t it?  And many of us can (and usually do) give a fairly simple answer, but the truth is so much more complicated. 
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Be Curious

Chances are, we've all been a situation at some point in our lives where things were not as they appeared.  As a parent, and a livestock owner, I know I have been.  A child having a meltdown in public that we handle the best way that we can, an animal that has gotten injured through something completely out of our control, and many other situations...from the outside looking in these can look very different from what they actually are. 
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