Hoard's Dairyman Farm
A look into the haymow
March 15, 2019
Sometimes hay gets cut later than we’d like; sometimes hay data gets reported later than we’d like. The latter occurred this year because of an extended wall discussion in our nation’s capital...
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...
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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
April 5, 2017
Mike Rankin Most major league baseball teams have what they like to term a utility player — a guy who can start at multiple positions or pinch hit for just about anyone in the lineup at any poi...
It’s the best we have
Feb. 15, 2017
Perhaps more than any other season, winter is a period for reflection. The USDA helps in this regard with their bevy of January production reports. I, like many people, have sometimes looked at...