There's more to raising cattle than throwing them out to pasture. Know your soil and plants to earn profit above ground and wealth below.
Growing up on a farm and working at a veterinary clinic has taught me much about farm animals.
This is my specialty. Cows and cattle have been a part of my life since before I can remember, and it reflects in how this topic is something I am very knowledgeable in.
Love the range and ranch life. An understanding and knowledge of what's involved makes me some sort of an "expert" in this category.
My involvement with beef cattle tends to lead into dairy as well. University studies on the dairy industry and its management and production practices have educated me enough to make me eligible enough to be a legit "expert" and Supervisor of this category.
Cattle reproduction is more than just putting the bull out with a bunch of cows. There's things like genetics, nutrition, physiology and behaviour that is all integrated into this important part of cattle production, be it beef or dairy.
It's more than just throwing a cow out to pasture. What makes a bovine healthy and productive has everything to do with what it's fed and how nutritious that feed is.
You would be surprised at how many breeds exist in the world. Many I'm familiar with, from their physical characteristics to their history.
Having worked with a large animal veterinarian for a couple years, and living and working on a farm where the health of our cattle was a necessary thing to deal with, such experiences have been very helpful in my ability to acquire a lot of knowledge on cattle health. I am, however, no veterinarian, and I will make note of that in any applicable answer.
The vast majority of the world's dairy herd is made up of Holstein cattle--that's 95 percent. Since I am already knowledgeable in the activities of the dairy industry, it should come to no surprise that I am also very familiar with this breed.
The second-most popular dairy breed in the world, this is also a breed I am familiar with in regards to the dairy industry.
My fifth-favorite breed, there's a lot I can tell and understand regarding Angus cattle, from the good to the bad to the downright ugly.
My name is Karin.
I've been off and on WikiAnswers (or Answers.com) for about 10 years now.
Since I first joined, I have primarily focused my energies in the Agriculture and Cows and Cattle categories. When I first came across wikiAnswers I noticed several answers in the Cows and Cattle category needed some much-need TLC and factual answers from someone who knew her stuff.
Been here pretty well ever since. I've been taking breaks from this site every so often now because of how much it's changed, and because of life outside of the Internet.
Today I still like to peruse the Cows and Cattle category and the various subcategories I've requested to be added.
But now I've added a new set of weapons to my interest in agriculture, and that is primarily to do with Grazing and Range/Pasture Management, as well as the grasses that go with it.
Since I've worked as a research assistant for a rangeland research team back in the summer of 2014, I've been hooked to range management, and since then, learned more on better grazing practices to preserve native grasslands, and enhance the health of tame pasture stands.
So you can say I'm a bit of a range nerd.
Today I'm working in agriculture as a forage-beef specialist. This allows me to pursue my interest in agriculture, but specialize more in forage production and management for livestock. I've been doing this since the beginning of 2016, and enjoying it thoroughly.
My other new passion that has since started in 2017 is the concept of soil health, soil ecology, and soil biology. That, and the aspect of regenerative agriculture, which goes far and beyond simply "organic" or "all-natural" or even, God forbid, "free range." Beginning to understand how the soil is not just a growing medium opens up a lot of opportunities to learn and understand just how regenerative agriculture and holistic management actually works.
So I'm more than just a range nerd. I'm a forage-pasture-range-management-soil-ecologist nerd who loves plants and the animals needed to eat most of them.
My history is that I come from a mixed farm somewhere in Alberta, Canada. I've always loved the cattle aspect of the operation, not so much the cropping and machinery. I went to university, and needed 10 years to get a BSc in Agriculture, with an Animal Science major. Ten years because I needed a four-year break to help with things on the farm after my dad passed away unexpectedly, before I went back to complete my studies.
I've worked a couple years at a local mixed-practice vet clinic, spent some time working as a research assistant for rangeland research, and soil and crop research trials, and at a farm supply store. Not in that order.
I love photography, but won't share pictures here because it'll just take up too much space. If you want to see some photos, head over to my Facebook page K.L. Nature Photography and give it a "like" (if you're already on FB). I like taking photos of birds, bugs, scenery, and plants. I don't do people photos, usually.
I love archery, and kenjustu/aikido. I haven't been into much martial arts lately, but would love the opportunity to do so, some time.
That's all about me. Thanks for reading. :)