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DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

DIY Hydroponic Microgreen Fodder Video

We’re experimenting with sprouted barley fodder as a feed supliment for our grassfed cattle and pastured dairy production on the homestead this winter.  We’re calling this fodder system 0.7, and there’s already improvements in the works for the upgrade!  Any how enjoy the tour of our current fodder  setup, and let me know in the comments section or email me ( dave@traditionalcatholichomestead.com ) if you would like a more in depth post on the specifics of how to build this…

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American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

American Milking Devon Cattle…Profile of A Traditional Homestead Cow

  I’m not sure if you’ve picked up on this yet or not, but I am a big believer that everything on the homestead should be performing more than one function.  From plants, to people, to livestock if you’re only providing for one function on the farm, well then you’re just slacking.   Everyone must pull their weight!  This brings to mind the traditional role of cattle on the farm.   A family cow is just one of those iconic images that spring immediately…

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Homestead Update Aug 2016

Homestead Update Aug 2016

I know it’s been a while since we’ve put out some content, so I thought it would be appropriate to start things off again with a little homestead update: We’ve had a pretty busy spring, spent a lot of time working on our cattle systems, building fence, shifting paddocks, and trying to get the coriography of rotational grazing down.  We’ll be splitting the heard and putting the bulls out to breed the cows here shortly, and weening a heifer or…

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Bone Stock with Sea Salt Mineral Brine (Recipe)

Bone Stock with Sea Salt Mineral Brine (Recipe)

Bone Soup!!!! Proper nutrition with highly mineralized foods are the cornerstone to good health, mental well being, and longevity.  Bone broths are one of the most nutritious and healing foods we can put in our bodies!  I got this souped up (pun intended!) beef stock recipe from my grazing mentor Steve Campbell.  It looks a lot like a standard bone stock recipe except for the substitution of highly mineralized sea salt brine for the water that you would normally use!…

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Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

Day 2, Halter Training the Heifer (Video)

I had to work today ( unfortunately off the homestead! )  so the girls got out and played cowboy!  They got the halter the rest of the way on Beatrice our American Milking Devon heifer and future milk cow.  They got it done way faster than I could have, and really did a heck of a job!…. Before: After: Looks like I might have a cowgirl on my hands….or at least a milkmaid!

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

(Video)Halter Training the Heifer…Day 1

Well its the middle of winter, and since I can’t get a whole heck of a lot done on the land, I decided it might be a good time to start the process of halter breaking our Milking Devon heifer Beatrice.  The wife and I went out and slapped the halter on her, and we’ll you’ll see…  

Soil Carbon Cowboys (Video): Rotational Grazing With Cover Crops

Soil Carbon Cowboys (Video): Rotational Grazing With Cover Crops

I found this awesome video on rotational grazing and cover crop systems and I thought I would share. I believe systems like this are the future of animal production that is regenerative and has an end product of healthy food that will heal the land.  This is what we are moving towards on the Traditional Catholic Homestead, I just hope we can stay ahead of the curve on this!   Good pasture management is part science and part art, experience cannot…

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The New Milking Devons are Home! (video)

The New Milking Devons are Home! (video)

Well its been a week or so since we went and picked up the newest additions to the cattle operation on the Traditional Catholic Homestead, so I thought I might as well shoot a quick introductory video of the new kids.  We’ve added a bred cow, a heifer calf, and another bull calf to the herd!  I feel like we’re set for a while (especially on bulls!), but we’re super excited to bring in the dairy animals for the homestead!…

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More Cattle Coming to the Homestead!

More Cattle Coming to the Homestead!

That’s right we’re bringing in more cattle for the Traditional Catholic Homestead…you know for the winter!  I know it’s not really the best time to be bringing in more livestock for the homestead, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and strike when the iron is hot!  We’ve been considering getting a dairy animal of some sort for a while (especially since our source for Jersey milk dried up…literally!).  Well I’ve been seeing an add for some American…

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Red Devon Cattle Video Update: Fall 2015

Red Devon Cattle Video Update: Fall 2015

I ran out the other morning and shot a couple short videos of the Red Devons.  It’s just a quick update with the new baby, Sabina, and you can really see how big the bull calve is getting.  RedEye the bull was born in April and at just under six months I think he’s pushing 500 lbs., the heifer calf was born the end of August and is doing pretty darn good to!   I turned them out onto the…

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