October 2010

And the Winner is......

Colleen Schroeder of Schroeder Brothers Farm of Camp Douglas LLP from Camp Douglas Wisconsin. She is the winner of the Colorado Hay Probe that was donated by UDY Corporation. Check out their website for to see their selection of Hay Probes and other products. http://udycorp.com/

Livestock Waterers

Product Review


Relax . . . Ritchie waters ‘em right. Thomas Ritchie patented the first automatic waterer device in 1921. Since that time, Ritchie Industries has manufactured a complete line of livestock waterers to the highest specifications in the industry. From a single horse stall fount to fountains that accommodate 500 cattle, Ritchie fountains have set the standard in quality. So when you buy a Ritchie fountain, you know you’re getting the most dependable product on the market…not to mention the best value, service and warranty in the business.


Just roll out the GAP ZAPPER  and attach it to an existing electric fence system or to a stand-alone fence charger for a permanent or portable livestock and/or wildlife guard.  The GAP ZAPPER is a flexible rubber mat, made of two layers:  the bottom layer is nonconductive rubber and the top layer, made of a specially compounded rubber, has the ability to conduct electricity.  The GAP ZAPPER sends out an electrical charge to curious animals and keeps them on the right side of your fence line. The GAP ZAPPER withstands all vehicular traffic except tracked equipment.  If you need to move tracked equipment, the GAP ZAPPER can be quickly rolled up and moved out of the way.  Of course, you can walk across the GAP ZAPPER if you have on rubber- or vinyl-soled shoes.

Highland Breed

The Highland breed has lived for centuries in the rugged remote Scottish Highlands.  The extremely harsh conditions created a process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals survived to carry on the breed.

Originally there were two distinct classes: the slightly smaller and usually black Kyloe, whose primary domain was the islands off the west coast of northern Scotland; the other, a larger animal generally reddish in color, whose territory was the remote Highlands of Scotland.

Today both of these strains are regarded as one breed-the Highland.  In addition to the red and black of the original strains, dun, brindle, silver and white are also considered traditional colors.

Supplemental Incomes

There are still nearly a million cattle farms in the United States, according to the 2007 Census of Agriculture—but more than three-quarters of those farms have fewer than 100 head, and they average only about $16,000 a year in annual receipts.  Many cattle ranchers have full- or part-time jobs in town…but others have found they can generate added income right on the farm.

Beef Cows, How Big is Too Big?

The genetic revolution in the beef cattle industry has brought us tremendous increases in productivity.  The bulk of these improvements have been realized through improved rates of gain.  The U.S. cattle industry enjoys one of the shortest cycle times, the time from when a calf is born until it is harvested, than any of the other top ten beef producing nations.  We are now producing more pounds of beef with fewer cows and in the grand scheme that is more efficient.  However these increases have come at a cost to our cow/calf production systems.