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Dry Valley Dairy

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By Jessica Bartel, editor
In today’s society it has become more important for the agriculture industry to educate its consumers. The head of the household, mother, makes the decisions on what her family eats and drinks. It’s become more apparent that these super-moms are making more healthy-conscious decisions for their family. At Dry Valley Dairy, Charles Steadham and his family make the effort to cater to those looking for un-pasteurized milk and grass fed beef.
In March of 2011 the Steadhams started milking Jersey cows and in June of that same year they started selling their milk. Prior to that, the Steadhams milked Holsteins and sold their milk commercially for 20 years. Selling 80-100 gallons per day, the Steadhams sell fresh raw milk from pastured Jersey cows. Raw milk, as Charles put it is, “Just the way it came from the cow! Jesus made milk!”Raw milk is not pasteurized with cream and butterfat still intact. Butterfat contains vitamins A and D needed for absorption of calcium and protein found in the water fraction of milk. Without them, protein and calcium are more difficult to utilize.
Butterfat is rich in short and medium chain fatty acids, which protect against disease and stimulate the immune system. To read more pick up the September 2014 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch.

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Ranch Biosecurity

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By Barry Whitworth, DVM

With beef, pork, and poultry exports playing a vital role in the economic health of livestock operations, producers need to understand the dangers that foreign animal diseases and other diseases may have on the viability of their operations.

The recent discovery of Influenza A H5N1 virus in dairy cattle demonstrates the vulnerability of livestock operations to disease events. Sick animals are not the only consequence of a disease outbreak. The economic cost associated with disease can be high. Also, in foreign animal disease outbreaks, export markets can be temporarily lost. Currently, Columbia has restricted fresh/frozen beef and beef products from states with dairy herds testing positive for Avian Influenza. The best defense against these threats is a good biosecurity plan.

To read more, pick up a copy of the June issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Ag Elsewhere: Montana

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In Montana, June brings irrigating, brandings, and some wondrous sights from Mother Nature.

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Ag Elsewhere: Wyoming

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By Tressa Lawrence

Happy June from the lands of Wyoming!

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