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  • About Education and Ranching

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    In a an interview last year with Cattle Network I was asked about my background and my ranching business.I thought to share the answer here. I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (1981) where I had earlier received a BS in Animal Science. ...

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  • Who Are the Real McCoys in Grass Fed Beef?

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        REPORTER:There are many suppliers who claim grass fed status.Who are the real McCoys in your opinion? DR. WHISNANT:Without a legal definition in place for grass fed, many operations especially those larger entities that purchase cattle from various producers and market under a “corporate” business model have grass-raised...

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  • Farmer Markets and Buying Direct from Local Farms

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    Chances are that at some point in your life you have had an opportunity to visit a farmer’s market or roadside stand. In the last eight years, the number of farmers markets has increased almost 80% percent,and there are now over 3,000 marketsnationwide.  Approximately 20,000 farmers sell their products...

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  • Grass Fed Beef Breed Types and Rare Breeds: Eat ’em to Save ’em

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    As many grass fed producers who finish their animals on grass we have come to understand the importance of breed selection in the quality of the beef we produce.Many fellow grass farmers are returning to heritage breeds in beef,poultry and swine as they journey back to the basics in...

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  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s)

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    Community supported agriculture is an idea that is taking hold in farming. CSA denotes a community of people who pledge to support a farm so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm. This may or may not entail having a legal agreement. The growers and consumers provide mutual support...

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  • The Family Farm is the Heart of America

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    Family farms are at the heart of rural communities across the country.These farmers produce high quality food and work to protect soil, air and water as well as biodiversity of crops and animals. Family farms are not able to achieve the efficiencies that come with large-scale operations.However,family farms are...

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  • Easy Meatloaf Recipe

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    Combine the following ingredients to make this effortless meatloaf recipe that your family will love: 2 lb grass fed ground beef 1 package onion soup mix 2 eggs 2 cups bread crumbs 2 cans tomato sauce (8 oz) After combining, place in a meatloaf pan and bake at 350...

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  • Paprika Beef Cubes Recipe

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    Paprika Beef Cubes: 1 large onion, chopped 2 tablespoons butter 2 pounds kettle beef 1 green pepper chopped 1 tomato chopped ½cup water 1 tablespoon paprika Salt to taste Saute onion lightly in butter in Dutch oven for about 5 minutes. Brown meat in same pan over medium heat;stir...

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  • Kids and Calves Go Together

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    Living on a farm has afforded our six kids ample opportunity to participate in raising animals. It is a chore and a pleasure I would love to give to each child whether from a farm or the city. The life lessons to be learned are important as a kid...

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  • Our Farm Neighbor Adrian

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    We had dinner with our dear neighbor.Adrian is our neighbor who adjoins us on the west.Over the years he has become part of our family.The cause of the celebration was his eigty-third birthday. However, he explains that he is going to start over at 80 and go backwards. Adrian’s...

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