Highland Cattle

Highland cattle originate from the highlands of Scotland, and are immediately recognisable by their shaggy coats, long eyelashes and long horns. They are found in a variety of colours, including brindle, black, red and silver. Whilst originally from Scotland, they are now a popular breed all over the world. Highland cattle are one of the oldest registered breeds in Britain, with records showing the breed first recorded in 1884.

The popularity of Highland Cattle is largely due to their hardiness. They can withstand extreme weather conditions due to their protective long coat, and also thrive on extreme terrains, making them ideal cattle for hills and mountains. They will also do well in warmer climates, making them the perfect all rounder. Another significant benefit of this breed is their meat, which tends to be leaner and low in cholesterol, yet still high in protein. In fact, the meat is 40% lower in cholesterol than other beef, which is of course highly desirable to today’s consumer. Continue reading »

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Different Types of Farm And Agricultural Machinery

As the population of the country grows the demand for food and organic products also increases. The farmers and farm land owners have to work hard to produce more products so that they meet the increased demands. In recent times technology has led the way and transformed the way agricultural activities are performed. There are different types of farm and agricultural machines which can now be used by farmers. Although they are expensive, they can really help a lot in improving efficiencies and increasing produce. Some of the different types of machines are described below.


This is the most commonly used equipment in the farm. A tractor pulls heavy objects and supplies needed in the production. It has two large wheels at the back and two small wheels in front. Today tractors are more modernized. They have comfortable seats, durable wheels and body and temperature control. Continue reading »

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Animal Feed Additives Market – An Overview

Animal Feed additives (AFA) are the materials of nutritional value that are fed to animals. It acts as vitamins for farm animals that get insufficient nutrients from regular meals. The global market for AFA is growing tremendously owing to the growing demand for meat and related products over the past few years. Asia Pacific is expected to lead the global AFA Industry attributed by more number of farm animals in this region. Major contributors in the Asian market include emerging economies such as India and China. Europe is expected to remain at second place after Asia Pacific in terms of revenue generation. India, China, and Brazil contributed around 23% share in 2011 in the global market. This share is expected to rise to 39% by 2018.

Increasing demand for protein rich meat and dairy products, industrialization in meat production, rising rate of meat consumption, outbreak of livestock diseases, and growing awareness about meat safety and quality are some important factors driving the growth of the AFA market. Continue reading »

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Equipment Needed for Cattle Farming

Raising cattle requires a whole array of equipment, from cattle crates, to water troughs. Here is a list of basic equipment, with a brief explanation of what each item is and why it’s so important.

1. Cattle Crates/Crushes

Cattle crates, or cattle crushes as they are sometimes referred to, are cages which are used to hold cattle still for the purposes of examination, marking or treatment. They are generally constructed nowadays of steel, and are available in an assortment of sizes and and with a whole range of attachments. The main purpose of the cattle crate is to ensure the safety of both the animal and the person giving treatment, with the minimum of stress.

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Forests Are Essential for Life

Forests are essential to our survival upon our spaceship Earth. Without them, our lands will become desert incapable of sustaining life. Trees are the forest’s interface between the atmosphere that we breathe and the land that we stand upon. Through the work of trees, we enjoy the benefits of soil creation, an active hydrological cycle, the moderation of climate, the exchange of carbon dioxide for oxygen through their respiration, the long-term sequestration of carbon, a nutrient rich landscape in which to manage and rotationally graze hogs on mast crops, a diverse forest habitat for wildlife, raw materials for the construction of our homes, and a place to retreat to in order to recharge our souls. Planted in endless rows of the same species, trees become a commodity on a plantation. While mixed species trees, together with herbs, fungi and their mycorrhizal associations, shrubs, brambles, fauna, exists as a diverse polyculture that is redundant and resilient to disturbance.

As small farmers participating in our market economy, we must show that diverse methods of maintaining a forest are just as, if not more, valuable to our income streams than the current practice of clear cutting a stand of timber every fifty to one-hundred fifty years to sell at commodity prices. To this end this article defines nine points that demonstrate why a forest, a polyculture of trees, is more valuable than the market value of their standing timber, once cut and processed into lumber. Continue reading »

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Secret Power – Plants That Have Changed the World

The gods formed the first human beings from clay. But they were soft and weak and crumbled easily. Then the gods tried it with wood. The wooden puppets could speak and walk, but they had no soul, no intelligence. They just wandered around aimlessly. Then the gods kneaded the flesh of human beings from white and yellow maize and made the arms and legs from maize meal porridge.

The “maize people” could think and reason – and with one glance they grasped the entire world. The gods then breathed on the eyelids of their creation and veiled their sight for ever more. The gods did not want human beings to see or understand too much. This is what the May myth tells us. This film is about the history of the maize plant, which though it has conquered the world, has been given too little attention by “short-sighted” human beings.

300,000 people lived in Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec empire, when the Spanish conquerors first arrived around 1500. Their staple food was maize. The farmers of Central America planted fields stretching from the sea to the mountains. Tomatoes, avocados, peanuts, pineapples, cocoa and potatoes flourished. Continue reading »

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Make The Most Out Of Haymaking Season

While modern machinery does make it a lot easier to make hay, it’s still important that you’re on top of the season when summer starts to rear its head. You need to be able to predict the best time to start making hay and you need to know when to bale. The better you are at haying, the more feed you’ll have for stock and the easier your year will tend to be.

Using the right machinery is incredibly important too. Modern farming equipment allows you to make every step of the haying process an absolute breeze. Follow a few of these tips and get the most out of haying season.

Predicting haying weather

Cut hay based on the weather rather than a date. Try to cut when there is little chance for rain. The sooner you can cut then the more chance the grass has to regrow for the next cutting. Also look forward to windier days that can help the hay to dry out and cure while it’s lying in the field. Continue reading »

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Surviving The Summer Drought On Your Farm

Drought season always seems to be just around the corner, and the parts of the year that aren’t dry are spent making up for those that are. Surviving drought season on your farm isn’t simple, but there are things you can do to conserve water and manage your farm successfully during these adverse conditions. Read a few of these tips and implement some solutions to drought season.

Testing your water

The quality of water affects everything you do. Water from different sources can vary substantially in quality and will have an impact on livestock health, soil quality and plant growth. Quality depends on weather conditions and careful monthly monitoring should give you a comprehensive overview of what you are working with and what needs to change.

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Silage Gourmet Style

Gourmet Maize Silage

You are what you eat – even and especially if you are a dairy cow. A Dairy milking herd deserves the best gourmet maize silage that is available and when that maize silage is award winning then the benefits, in terms of milk yield from homegrown feeds, will be significant.

Nigel Roobottom, winner of the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society’s Award for best 2011 forage maize, has 220 Holstein Friesian cows plus 100 followers. The farm where he keeps the dairy herd is sown with 45 acres of Konsort maize, 45 acres of cereals for wholecrop and crimped wheat, and 10 acres of Lucerne, plus 260 acres of grass.

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What Is Greenhouse Farming?

On a modern small or large scale farm, greenhouses should be thought of like your best employees, they will grow along with your greenhouse farming business. Tomatoes, beans, vanilla, fruit trees, lettuces, and other high value crops can be grown in a greenhouse much more successfully than outside in the elements. All seedlings should be started in a greenhouse to ensure a better germination rate and an earlier start to your season.

Greenhouses allow farmers to control their own weather. Weather has plagued farmers for millennia, but the unassuming greenhouse is changing that. Greenhouse farming is perfect for an unpredictable climate. In Kenya, greenhouses are being used in response to their recent severe climate shifts with surprisingly excellent results.

At their essence, a greenhouse is just a glass box that allows solar radiation in, but does not allow heat out. Since most plants grow quickly and robustly at higher temperatures, a greenhouse can turn a marginal plot of land much more profitable. Planets in our solar system actually act as giant greenhouses, the most efficient being Venus where temperatures at the surface exceed 863 degrees farenheit. The greenhouse effect makes Venus the hottest planet in the solar system, even though it is not closest to the sun. Continue reading »

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