Hoard's Dairyman Farm
Tail of the Dragon
Jan. 16, 2019
I was wrapping up a day of farm visits in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina when my host asked, “Where are you staying tonight?” “Sylva,” I responded...
Nov. 23, 2018
If you’re like me, there’s still a good part of each day that is spent thinking. Just the other day, I was thinking about how many great ideas humanity has lost because, rather than thinking, time was being spent perusing a cell phone screen...
First Cut: Rodney Dangerfield
Aug. 15, 2018
Many of you remember comedian Rodney Dangerfield. His stand up act was filled with self-deprecating humor...
First Cut: Bad timing
April 30, 2018
Herbert Hoover received plenty of accolades prior to his presidency for a wide range of humanitarian efforts. He was overwhelmingly elected as our 31st president in 1928...
First Cut: Just don’t do it
March 15, 2018
For over 20 years, our family lived in a large, century-old farmhouse, held together with state-of-the-art 1950s “knob and tube” wiring...
First Cut: A hay gut check
Feb. 15, 2018
The USDA has issued its hay report card for 2017, and depending on your point of view, the results are either positive or negative...
First Cut: Bailing out of baling
Jan. 16, 2018
Recently, I was asked to judge a grazing management essay contest. The entrants ranged from ages 14 to 22. While impressed by the quality of writing and knowledge conveyed by many of the entrants...
First Cut: Elusive yield
Nov. 15, 2017
Using a front-end loader, Ray lifted the two tires filled with concrete into the back of his two-wheel drive pickup truck. This would help with traction while pulling the forage wagon uphill...
First Cut: Value-added forage
Aug. 31, 2017
It’s a new day as farmers and ranchers are in the midst of a value-added revolution. What is most impressive is the sheer number of ways this is happening...
First Cut: Regrowth and death
April 30, 2017
Perhaps no physiological phenomenon is more important to the livestock industry than that of plant regrowth. Where would we be without it? Regrowth occurs each spring after winter dormancy, foll...