Darrell Steele, a member in Washington County, has gotten the cover crop itch and started with a typical cover crop of cereal rye on his corn and soybean farm where he raises hogs too. After attending a soil health workshop he wanted to test out extreme-cover cropping and is beginning to grow “sexy” diverse cover […]
July 3, 2018
June 15, 2018
Tom Frantzen talks about a new crop – hybrid rye – that he has added to his rotation to battle giant ragweed and how he plans to feed the grain to his organic hogs.
June 22, 2017
The Spring 2017 issue of the Practical Farmer, includes an article titled “Forage-Fed Pig Production” highlighting Steve Deibele’s feeding practices. Steve’s a pastured pig and cattle farmer at Golden Bear Farm in Kiel, Wisconsin. He spoke at Practical Farmers’ annual conference last January on raising pigs on a forage heavy diet without the use of corn or soybeans. […]
May 9, 2017
Time was when oats were included in the diet of nearly every single farm animal (aside from maybe the dogs and cats) raised in the state of Iowa. Cattle, dairy cows, horses, chickens, pigs and sheep all ate oats (and other small grains) at various stages of their lives. That time has now past, of […]
March 2, 2017
As the old saying goes, pigs are the mortgage lifters on the farm, which has held true at Crooked Gap Farm. The Book family has been farming for eight years; primarily raising Hereford hogs, but also heritage breed Dexter cattle, Katahdin sheep, meat rabbits and pastured poultry on 40 acres outside of Knoxville. 100% of […]
August 15, 2016
Objective: Does supplementing pigs with apple cider vinegar (ACV) provide health benefits that contribute to better rate of gain? Anecdotal evidence suggests improved health, and we’re looking for quantifiable benefits.
July 5, 2015
Specialty corn varieties are bred to express quality profiles that are more suitable for livestock feed than standard, conventional corn varieties. With that in mind, John Gilbert, of Gibralter Farms near Iowa Falls, investigated different fertilizer practices to improve productivity of a specialty corn variety (cv. GEI 101) he has deemed to possess a desirable quality profile […]
April 28, 2015