Selecting traits that work at White Clover Sheep Farm

CW-MR-2-White clover sheep1by Sally Colby

After visiting a sheep farm as a youngster, Ulf Kintzel decided he wanted to become a shepherd. He spent school vacations working on that farm, and eventually did an apprenticeship in Germany to become a shepherd.

“There was something appealing to me about sheep,” said Kintzel, who moved to the United States in 1995 after graduating with a degree in agricultural engineering. “I was never intrigued the same way by cattle, goats or other livestock.” [Read more…]

Plan ahead to prepare for severe winter weather

CEWN-MR-1-Winter weather35by Sally Colby

Like all seasons, winter comes with its own set of obstacles. In most cases, farmers deal with winter weather fairly smoothly, but this winter has been particularly challenging for many producers who have dealt with frustrations from extreme cold and broken pipes to making equipment repairs in frigid temperatures. [Read more…]

An alternative grass-fed beef system for Northern Tier producers


Grazing beef cattle year-round, over-wintering them outdoors, stockpiling forages and bale-grazing on pasture, is becoming more common in Northern Tier states. Omitting grain altogether, or feeding it minimally, and keeping animals on pasture year-round has re-emerged as an environmentally-sound, humane, low-impact way to raise meat. [Read more…]

Organic Trade Association applauds Senate passage of Farm Bill

Years of advocacy for organic priorities grow recognition for the sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 on Feb. 4 clears the way for the bill to proceed to President Obama for final sign-off into law. The legislation, adopted by the House of Representatives on Jan. 29, includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years. [Read more…]

NMPF statement on passage of Farm Bill by House and Senate

From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF on Feb. 4:

“It has been a long and torturous road toward the creation of a better safety net for dairy farmers, but with today’s vote in the Senate to approve the farm bill, coupled with last week’s House vote, that five-year journey has reached its end. [Read more…]