Monthly Archives: July 2012

Summer in Indian Valley



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I often have people tell me that I will never understand what it is like to work for something because I am an only child and our Ranch has been passed down through the family. Instead of punching these people in the throat (I am a firm believer that stupid should hurt sometimes), I try and explain to them that if indeed it was that simple, there would probably be a lot more generational ranches around.

Until you have the experience of transitioning a ranch to the next generation it can be hard to understand what a complicated and delicate process it can be. I’ve been through the process once and would like to think that I have learned from the experience. I’m trying to urge some of my ranching friends that are new to the industry, to plan ahead. Also, I’m honestly trying to get them to stop sayings things like “I don’t understand” to me, because it is hurtful and not conducive to healthy communication, something the beef industry firmly needs.

With that being said, my latest column for Feedstuffs….

Click on this picture and it will take you to my column…..


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Fun Ag Facts IX

fun ag fact of the day: most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

fun ag fact of the day: It takes 7 tablespoons of peanut butter (680 cal.) to get the same amount of protein in serving of lean beef (154 cal.)

fun ag fact of the day: almost 67% of the world’s okra is produced in India!

fun ag fact of the day: Apple pie was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England.

fun ag fact of the day: Rabbits weigh from 2 to 11 pounds. In the wild their longevity averages 1 year but captives live about 10 years.

fun ag fact: Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans.

fun ag fact of the day: A 3-ounce lean cut of #beef has 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol.

fun ag fact of the day: A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse. A hinny is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.

fun ag fact of the day: 96% of U.S. farms are run by families, farmer partnerships, or co-ops.

fun ag fact of the day: Deer are herbivores. They eat grass, leaves, stems, shoots, berries, herbs, acorns, mushrooms, wild fruit. They especially love my garden.

fun ag fact of the day: California produces nearly 89% of the total production of strawberries in the United States.

fun ag fact of the day: Turkeys can run up to 20 miles an hour with short flight bursts up to 55 miles per hour

fun ag fact of the day: Rabbits can run 35 miles per hour. They are faster than cats.

fun ag fact of the day: Iron, Zinc, Iodine, and Vitamin A are the big four micronutrient deficiencies in the world.

fun ag fact of the day:  tomatillos need a second plant to enhance pollination and guarantee fruit set!

fun ag fact of the day: Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere. They were first domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century.

fun ag fact of the day: Beef fat, called tallow, is an ingredient in soaps, cosmetics, candles, shortenings, and chewing gum.

fun ag fact of the day: 13% of U.S. agricultural exports originate in California.

fun ag fact of the day: Only young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten. Once the buds start to open or “fern out”, the shoots quickly turn woody and tough.


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