Buying and transporting, Daryl Bowman serves cattlemen throughout the Mid-Atlantic

CM-MR-3-Buying 3by Karl H. Kazaks

WOODSTOCK, VA — Hauling. Buying. Selling. Backgrounding. In a nutshell, that’s what Daryl Bowman does. He operates two businesses, Daryl Bowman Livestock (his transport and brokering business) and Blessed Acres (his farm). But the larger picture is more complicated. What Bowman does involves managing five trucks, scheduling the transport of cattle to destinations as far as Illinois and Kansas, attending several sales per week, and running his 300-acre farm. [Read more…]

Animal cruelty and investigation

CM-MR-2-ANIMAL CRUELTY1by Steve Wagner

When encountering the world of animal cruelty, one can be easily overcome by the staggering number of ways used to inflict animal cruelty. Comfort may be taken in the fact that there were people back in the American Civil War who exacted retribution for such actions. A prime example was General Ulysses Grant who, when he saw a man flogging a horse, had the man stopped, stripped of his shirt and tied to a post where he took the horse whip and ordered the man flogged without mercy. Hopefully the man learned his lesson and did not repeat the offense. Countless laws and protective regulations would prohibit Grant’s action today. Animal cruelty continues on a widespread basis at the hands of the thoughtless, the impulsive, and even those who engage in such activity subversively as sport and gambling. [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

CEWN-MR-1-ALTERNATIVEby Tamara Scully

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…]