Comments & Questions
Jul 19, 2010
***Editor's Note: The following viewer comments were received following the July 17-18, 2010 edition of U.S. Farm Report....
The experts on U.S. Farm Report opined that farmers, as a group, wanted to and did treat their animals humanly. That is true, in my experience. The problem is that most of our animals and poultry are NOT grown by "FARMERS" ANYMORE.
The production and practices in the meat, dairy, and poultry industries are guided and controlled by FACTORY OWNERS and MANAGERS who do not live with nor seldom see the animals under their control. Those OWNERS and MANAGERS do need SOME CONTROL for humane treatment to occur!
New Braunfels, Texas
I just watched the show -July 18th, and saw an episode on passing on the farm. I thought it said that the group who help set up the change was called Off the Farm. But I can't find them on the internet. Could you give me who this was? We are at that stage and need to get help. Thanks
Weber Beef, Inc.
***Editor's Note: The company Diane is looking for is Legacy by Design...
I have been planning on starting a meat goat ranch on some 30 acres of hilly pasture and I want/need more information on caprine livestock husbandry. I have checked out books, subscribed to magazines, rubbed shoulders at the local livestock market, spoke with the local extension office, and searched the internet until the information started to repeat for a third time. I have also performed a few experiments by fencing in about 3/4 of an acre near my home to see how well my pasture grasses and small amount of browse I currently have will support them. Needless to say they impressed me.
So, as you can see I'm not going in blind but I still get the feeling there is something important I am missing. I have almost 30 years experience with beef cattle and that is what I am weighing all the information against. I have searched the U.S. Farm Report web site as well and found a few mentions on goats and was wondering if one of your anchors would do a spot on them, possibly start-up to established businesses? With lessons learned?