The good side of technology
Dayton, Texas — In late July, I found myself poking at hay bales, seeing if my finger could press in a little ways in the middle of a round bale — but hardly any on the outer portions since it was wrapped so tight. On a field day with the New Holland folks, I became more and more aware of the science of hay-making. For example, bale weights can tell you where the best hay in the field is located. FULL STORY »
What keeps employees?
It would be easy to think that when an employee leaves your farm, at least you are saving a few dollars on the payroll. Actually, various studies have shown that you will probably incur costs to the business equal to 30 to 150 percent of that person’s pay. The payroll is lower, but shuffling staff to cover the opening, the hiring process and training time all hurt productivity on the farm and may incur some actual costs for overtime, advertising, and so on. FULL STORY »
Farm bill impasse: Are we really losing anything?
People have joked for decades about the need for caution when the legislature is in session. In fact, the famous phrase, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” was written 147 years ago. FULL STORY »
New-style calf barns spring up
The brutal winters of the Upper Midwest have motivated some producers to seek alternative housing facilities for their calves .They want an option that offers the environmental and health benefits of hutch housing FULL STORY »
Do small farms really take better care of their animals?
Many people believe — rightly or wrongly — that animals receive more individualized attention and better care on smaller farms.But a growing body of research refutes that notion. FULL STORY »
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