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 Post subject: Farming just ain't what it used to be
PostPosted: February 28th, 2017, 4:02 pm 
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I'm so glad I grew up in a family of ranchers, not farmers. My grampa is probably spinning in his grave over the fact that farmers have for years been paid NOT to plant crops. Yes, it's just as stupid as it sounds. This whole thing with not being able to plant cover crops is just as stupid or worse because we are not adding carbon back into the soil. My grampa and my dad both preached to people to plant trees (in shelter belts and otherwise) for the good of the soil, and to ranch rather than farm.

Neither of them could understand why a rancher would want to feed grains to their cattle. It just didn't make sense to them - and in today's world it really still doesn't make sense because ranchers are feeding cheap grains which are damaging to the cattle's health and damaging to the people who eat those animals, too. The animals require much more in the way of "care" because they get sick far more often. Stick to raising hardy animals that do well in your area of the country (up here it's Hereford, Limousin, Simmental, Gelbvieh, Red Angus and Black Angus, and Belted Galoway).

At any rate, this is an interesting article.


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