Archive for February, 2011

A Cowboy and Two HSUS Supporters Boarded A Plane…

A Beautiful Horizon

Despite disliking being away from the ranch and family, I look forward to traveling and challenge myself to meet new people, learn new things and make each trip memorable. This trip is definitely going down as one to remember. Read more…

Jake, And The Rancher’s Prayer

The following poem was sent to me yesterday. I enjoyed it so much, I had to share.

Jake, the rancher, went one day
To fix a distant fence.
The wind was cold and gusty
And the clouds rolled gray and dense. Read more…

Regional Food Systems, Are They Possible?

Growth of Farmers Markets

Growth of Farmers Markets

For the most part, infrastructure exists to meet the needs of local markets across the country. Granted, processing facilities in many regions are limited, but generally speaking, are able to provide adequate  service to keep producers with product to supply Farmers Markets and direct sales.

I feel there is general agreement that if more facilities were available and/or existing facilities were able to expand, more farmers and ranchers would be able to market their product on a regional (larger scale) than just locally. The big question is how can we improve the infrastructure to create viable regional opportunities? Read more…

Letter of Thanks to Senater La Malfa & Assemblyman Nielsen, 1600 & ITP Permit

Honorable Senator Doug La Malfa

Honorable Assemblyman Jim Nielsen

February 17, 2011

I would like to personally thank both of you for your involvement in the matter of the California Department of Fish and Game Incidental Take Permit and the citizens of the Scott and Shasta Valley.

For more than 30 years the farmers and ranchers of the two valleys have been voluntarily improving water efficiency, installing fish screens, replacing push up dams with permanent, fish friendly structures and incorporating bypass flows into their diversion structure designs.  All of these actions were done proactively to address potential impacts to salmonids. In addition, landowners along the two rivers have installed fencing to better manage grazing in riparian areas and have voluntarily stabilized banks and planted native vegetation to improve the habitat. Read more…

Animal Welfare & Livestock Production Questions

Continuing with questions for perspective and understanding, these pertain to livestock production and animal welfare. Once again, feel free to answer any, all or none of the questions. These are not asked to cause heated debate, but to garner further understanding and perspective. Thank you. Read more…

Food System & Production Questions

A brief change in format was called for today. Instead of sharing my perspective on issues, I have compiled a list of questions over the past year that I would like to ask. I am genuinely seeking answers and opinions for these questions, which I feel have not been adequately addressed. I have divided the questions into a couple of groups. Here is the first set, relating to food production. Read more…

Tipping Horns

Hereford cattle have the gene for horns, both bulls and cows. For decades, breeders have used horn nippers in combination with horn weights in order to make the horns curve down, instead of straight out. This is done for several reasons, the primary being for ease of working them in corrals, lead-ups and chutes.

Horn Weights

Horn Weights

The second reason is for animal and human safety. When feeding horned cattle, whose horns are growing straight out, it is rather common for eyes of neighboring cattle to get poked and humans to get stabbed. Read more…

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