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My Expertise

Farm Animals

Growing up on a farm and working at a veterinary clinic has taught me much about farm animals.

Cows and Cattle

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.

Ranching

Love the range and ranch life. An understanding and knowledge of what's involved makes me some sort of an "expert" in this category.

Dairy Management and Production

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

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.

Cattle Diets and Nutrition

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.

Cattle Breeds

You would be surprised at how many breeds exist in the world. Many I'm familiar with, from their physical characteristics to their history.

Cattle Health

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.

Holstein Cattle

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.

Jersey Cattle

The second-most popular dairy breed in the world, this is also a breed I am familiar with in regards to the dairy industry.

Angus Cattle

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.

Interests

Agriculture
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Farm Animals
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Cows and Cattle
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Ranching
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Buffalo and Bison
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Mad Cow Disease
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Grasslands
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Dairy Management and Production
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Cattle Reproduction
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Cattle Diets and Nutrition
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Cattle Breeds
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Cattle Health
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Cattle Drives and Trails
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Holstein Cattle
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Jersey Cattle
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Angus Cattle
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Beef and Veal
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Grazing and Range/Pasture Management
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Types of Grasses
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Elk (Wapiti)
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My Most Active Categories

How much does a buffalo eat per day?

A typical buffalo or bison will eat anywhere from 25 to 35 pounds of forage in dry matter per day. Dry matter is where all the water is removed, so as-fed amounts could rang (MORE)

I have a dark circle in my pasture near and old buffalo trace were nothing grows. Can an ancient hut leave a dark circle on the ground?

No. That dark circle would be a fairy ring; it has nothing to do with that old buffalo trace. A fairy ring is basically a circle of mushrooms or a circle formed by fungi of th (MORE)

Why do you rarely see cows and horses kept in the same pasture?

Horses are very selfish and even insolent when it comes to interacting with other herbivorous species. When there is limited feed sources (not so much supply), they will liter (MORE)

Is it uneconomical to have horses on the same pasture as cattle?

The only time it's not uneconomical if the number of cattle exceeds the number of horses by a multiple of at least 3, the horses have been exposed to cattle from a young age a (MORE)

How much pasture does one cow need?

That all depends on three primary factors, namely:Weight of the cow (or cow plus calf at side for one entire animal unit value)Stocking Rate for the area (based on forage quan (MORE)

How many cows in a typical pasture?

It depends on what size this "typical" pasture is. (There is no such thing as a "typical pasture"!!) It also depends on the size of the cows, plus the forage biomass in that p (MORE)

How does a cow eat?

A cow wraps her strong rough tongue around the feed or grass and pulls it into her mouth. The lower teeth act as shearers, cutting off most of what the cow cannot fit into her (MORE)
In Science

Why do plants need fertilizer?

Fertilizer is needed when plants are harvested for food by either animals or machines, and nothing is returned to the land. When the amount of nutrients is exported off the la (MORE)

Why is it cheaper for a farmer to produce a pound of grain than a pound of meat?

Basically, it takes a lot less land, a lot less time, and a lot less resources or inputs to get a pound of grain versus getting a pound of meat. But here's the problem: meat (MORE)

How much water do cattle drink per day?

Typically a bovine will consume 7 to 10% of it's body weight in water per day. In contrast, is common knowledge is that a cow (typically a lactating dairy cow) will drink ar (MORE)