Hoard's Dairyman Farm
First Cut: Just don’t do it
March 15, 2018
Mike RankinFor 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
Mike Rankin, Managing Editor 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: 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...
Down but not out
Jan. 15, 2017
Everybody has a unique story of how and why they made agriculture their chosen career. I developed my interest by making, stacking, throwing, walking on, and feeding small square bales. My assor...
Nov. 1, 2016
tithe tith n : a tenth part paid or given It’s usually about this time of year when churches across the U.S. begin their pledge campaigns to meet the ensuing year’s budget...
First Cut: Forage wars
Nov. 9, 2016
Who doesn’t like a good debate?Perhaps one of the greatest learning and decision-making tools a person can employ is to take an opposite view, whether you believe it or not, and engage in debate...
First Cut: Unlike any other cutting
April 27, 2016
Whether you’re cutting alfalfa in southern Vermont or northern California, one commonality across the miles is that first-cut alfalfa is different than all of the rest...