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   Jul 26

About Agriculture Industries Transportation Services

Thank you for visiting Agriculture Industries Transportation Services! Our website was designed to provide relevant, updated information on America’s agricultural industries. In our articles, we cover recent agricultural trends and showcase some of the best equipment and transportation available for today’s farmers. We also place a big emphasis on safety! Farm equipment injures people every week and so we will show you some great ways to make sure you avoid any accidents.

As technology progresses, the farms in America are continually changing and adapting. Your grandfather’s methods of raising chickens required a lot of early mornings and late nights. Now computers can help control everything to make farming a little easier and more automated. We will let you know about coming changes and highlight recent research that has the potential to change the farming industry. Whether you’re interested in starting a farm or you are a current farmer looking for equipment reviews or agriculture news, we are here to assist you.

   Aug 01

Small Scale Farming at Home

Have you ever planted a garden? If you have not, you should give it a try. Agriculture doesn’t have to be on a large scale but can be in your own backyard as big or as small as you would like!

Typically I like to go to the farmers market each week to get our fresh fruits and vegetables. One reason I like to do this is because you can get some great deals and you always come away with awesome freshness that just cannot be found in your local grocery store. I have to be honest, I don’t know a lot about gardening so I have not had huge success with it in the past, but I loved doing it so much in the past that I WILL one day try my hand at it again. I have to say that when I did have my own garden, it was such a good feeling to be able to go outside and pick my own home grown tomatoes as well as onions, cucumbers, strawberries and beans. Knowing that I was saving my families hard earned money by growing our own food was the best feeling in the world to me.

If you have never had your own garden I suggest you make one this coming year. You can make it as large or as small scale as you want. My neighbors all have gardens this year and it is inspiring me to get out there and do one myself next spring. I will admit however that it is kind of nice when the neighbors bring over some of their harvest to share with us because it keeps me from having to do any of the work and yet I get to enjoy the rewards. We have great neighbors!

   May 18

Learning More About the Agriculture Industry

These days it seems like farmers are constantly being viewed as the bad guys of the world. They’re criticized for everything from slowing down the morning commute with their slow moving equipment, to using to many antibiotics in the production of livestock, to not doing enough to go organic. The truth is that farmers are doing the best they can to complete one task, they’re trying to feed the world. It’s in the interest of consumers to learn how to communicate with the members of the agriculture world.

Don’t Believe Everything You Here

There’s a meme going around the internet that shows a picture of Abraham Lincoln with a quote about the internet. It’s meant to remind people that they need to do their own research and not blindly believe everything they find online. A great deal of the information currently going around the internet regarding the agriculture industry simply isn’t true. This is especially true when it comes to the way famers treat the animals they raise. While it’s true there are some livestock producers who aren’t good people, most farmer have a great deal of respect and affection for the livestock they raise. Whether they’re producing eggs, pork chops, or dairy products, most producers do everything they can to keep their livestock happy. After all when animals aren’t happy, they’re not going to be productive and the producer will lose money.

Instead of taking everything posted by animal rights activist or environmental warriors as the gospel truth, the best thing you can do is to take some time to speak to a farmer or another member of the agricultural community and get the other side of the story.

Visit a Farm

The best way to really understand where your food comes from and how it was produced is to take some time and visit a farm. There are several which will be happy to show you around their facility and provide you with a detailed and interactive lesson on how your favorite food items get from their field to your plate. You’re going to learn that not only are farmers a nice group of well educated people who love to talk to people about agriculture. You’ll also never take the food you eat for granted ever again.

Be Respectful

Too often farmers get a bad rap for being bad tempered or too private. This usually stems from the fact that consumers have weird attitudes regarding visiting farms. You need to remember that the farm isn’t a public domain. You can’t just walk into a barn. Call first and see if it would be possible for you to get a tour and if it’s not, see if the farmer can recommend someone who will show you around their place.

When you’re on the farm, it’s okay to ask questions, but you still need to be polite. Listen to the answer your given, don’t try to lead the farmer into saying something they’re don’t mean, and don’t insult their way of life.

If you’re a smoker, leave your cigarettes at home. Farmers always worry about the possibility of a fire and for good reason, the air around farms is full of things like hay and grain particles that are highly flammable. If you can’t last the length of a tour without a nicotine fix, you should read through some electronic cigarette reviews and find a brand that suits you.

They electronic cigarette reviews will explain how the ecigs aren’t flammable. You should also find information in the electronic cigarette reviews about whether or not the company provides discount coupons on a regular basis.

   Mar 03

Fun Way To Incorporate Agriculture Into Your Family

If you have a house full of kids that love to learn and you love to teach than this agriculture project may be for you! Do you like to grow your own vegetables and fruits? Have you ever tried to do so or do you just go to your local farmers market to get your produce? If you have never taken part in an “at home” agriculture project then you should do so the next chance you get. Since it is almost Spring, now is a great time to start on this type of project.

All you will need for this project are a couple to four hay bales, some plants and some fertilizer. I tried my hand at this last year but the biggest mistake I made was not putting my hay bales in the direct sun light. I have learned and know more how to do it this year but since I am moving I may not get the chance. Enough about me, let’s move onto getting you into this fabulous project with your kiddos.

I would suggest going to your local super store to purchase all of your plants. Pick out things that you love to eat such as strawberries, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to start with. Once you get the hang of it you can add even more of a smorgasbord. Next you need to sit your hay bales out and water them for about two weeks without planting anything in them. This may sound a bit silly to water them without plants but this is the part that makes this project work. You have to start with rotted hay bales and then you can plant your plants directly into the hay bales just as you would soil. Enjoy your crop!

   Dec 04

Agriculture In Your Own Backyard Is Fun

Have you ever planted a garden? If you have not, you should give it a try this spring and summer. I tried my hand at it this past year with a hay bale garden and it was a ton of fun! Agriculture doesn’t have to be on a large scale but can be in your own backyard as big or as small as you would like!

Typically I like to go to the farmers market in the spring and summer to get our fresh fruits and vegetables. One reason I like to do this is because you can get some great deals and you always come away with awesome freshness that just cannot be found in your local grocery store. This past year I decide that I would save a bit of money and try my hand at growing my own fruits and veggies.

I have to be honest… I don’t know a lot about gardening so I didn’t do as well as I could have at it. Next time I am going to use something to keep the bugs off. I have to say however that it was such a good feeling to be able to go outside and pick my own home grown tomatoes as well as onions, cucumbers, strawberries and beans. Knowing that I was saving my families hard earned money by growing our own food was the best feeling in the world to me.

If you have never had your own garden I suggest you make one this coming year. You can look up how to do a hay bale garden or you can do a traditional garden. Whatever you choose you can rest assured you will have a great time at it!

   Oct 07

My Dream Of Farming

My family has always been considered very independent and self-sufficient. We have always tried to make our on way and we typically have shunned outside help in the form of welfare or handouts. My father was the same way and his father was the same way. Now I am raising my family the same way. We have spent many years living in the busy world of mainstream America and we have tried to fit in to what the American dream is for most people. But the reality is that we are not interested living someone else’s dream. What is it that we are interested in doing? Our family has the desire to move off the grid and live a frontier type life. We are very much interested in living away from the city and away from people in general. We do not hate people but we simply like to be left alone. So this brings us to the real dream. Here it is.

We would like nothing more than to sell our home and use the money to purchase several acres of land in the mountains. Once the land is purchased we would then build a large farmhouse that consisted of 4 bedrooms and a huge wrap around porch. The real dream is to live off the land. Agriculture is not something that most people strive to learn but we have spent the past 10 years learning the ropes and understanding how it works. Raising your on food and animals is not only very educational but it is a great way to save money and to live an organic life.

   Jul 27

The Dangers of Over-Muscled Hogs

Hog producers tend to think that the more heavily muscled their pigs are, the better. While there’s some truth to this, a heavily muscled hog will command an excellent market price, having too much muscling can create some huge problems which will impact the pork producer’s bottom line, and could put their entire operation at risk.

Heavy hams in particular can create serious mobility issues for young feeder pigs. The inability to move increases the odds of the young pig getting bumped around by it’s more active pen mates. There’s a chance that, despite being more heavily muscled, the pigs won’t be able to compete with their pen mates for feed, extending the length of time it takes for the pig to finish properly, which means increased operating costs that the producer might not be able to recoup.

Even more alarming is the amount of strain the bulging muscles puts on the young hogs skeletal structure. Often the bones can’t handle the weight and snap under the pressure. The increased pressure pork producers feel to produce hogs with a long back, increases the chances of the animal’s back breaking under the strain before the animal reaches the ideal finish weight. It’s unlikely that many of these over muscled animals will live long enough to be turned into breeding animals, and if they do, the animals will probably experience farrowing problems.

It’s difficult to know when a breeder has started to breed pigs that are too heavily muscled. Mixing a few heritage breed sows with strong skeletal systems will help the breeder produce health hogs with the perfect amount of muscling.

   Jul 27

Porcine Stress Syndrome Creates Problems for Small Pork Producers

Having a few breeding pigs in the barn that have the Porcine Stress Syndrome gene can have a long term impact on a pork producer, especially if it’s a small breeder. The biggest problem of having hogs with Porcine Stress Syndrome will be their tendency to get overly stressed. They tend to be spookier than other pigs, making them difficult to handle. Environmental stresses, such as intense heat, can trigger stress, which means they’ll refuse to eat and will sometimes develop flu like symptoms. These pigs will take more work and more money to get ready for market.

Slaughterhouses report that the meat from pigs with PSS differs from typical pork. Processing PSS pork can be difficult because it has a lower than normal water holding capacity. Consumers find the grayer, soft appearance of this meat unappealing. Meat scientists have found the pork from PSS hogs to be dry.

Genetic knowledge and careful breeding has made it possible for larger pork producers have been able to virtually eliminate PSS from their herds altogether. By making sure they never mate a sow and boar that carry the PSS alleles they keep the condition out of the barn.

Smaller producers who usually live cover their sows and who don’t always have access to accurate genetic information about their breeding hogs can take steps to decrease the odds of a PSS litter. Maintaining accurate records and discussing the quality of meat with the slaughterhouse that processes the hogs makes it possible for the farmer to identify sows/boars create PSS positive offspring. These animals should be culled out of the breeding program. Replacing the culled hogs with durocs, a breed that typically doesn’t carry the PSS gene, will be a good idea.

   Jul 27

Castrating Young Hogs

Anyone who decides to breed pigs knows that castration will be one of the many chores that need to be handled. It’s not a fun chore, but it needs to be done.

Why Castrate?

There are two reasons hog producers need to castrate their boar piglets. First, as the piglets grow into young boars, they will become aggressive with one another and possibly to humans as well. If sows and guilt’s get kept in the same area, the aggression issues will become worse. Bite’s bruises, and even broken bones can be the result of trying to raise several boars together.

As intact hogs grow, they develop something called boar taint, which remains in the meat after slaughter. The boar taint causes the pork from this feeder pigs to have a musky scent and taste. Even though the meat can be eaten, the USDA refuses to allow any meat with boar taint to be sold to consumers.

Castration Techniques

It’s best to castrate while the pigs are young. Most breeders like to castrate at 14 days of age. At this age the testicles are large enough to be found. Studies show piglets that are castrated young don’t experience as much stress from the procedure. The fact that the piglets are still nursing means the piglets continue to get antibodies from the sow which increases the healing process.

Right now, producers continue to use incisions to castrate hogs, but that could change in the future. A chemical castration process has been developed which could make it possible for producers to use two injections which would cause the pig to produce antibodies which naturally suppress male sex hormones. Most producers like the idea of chemical castration, but worry about how potential cost.

   Jul 27

Every Beef Producer Needs These Apps

Farmers have long been on the cutting edge of technology. Most farmers were the first people in their area to purchase smartphones and small tablet devices. These days many beef producers have gotten very proficient at using apps to make their jobs a little easier while simultaneously boosting their farm’s overall productivity.

CRYSTALYX® Beef Cow BCS App- This app takes a lot of the guess work out of gauging the overall body condition of the cattle. The app contains several photos of different cattle. When the beef producer takes a snap shot of one of his herd, they can compare the photos and decide if they need to push or back of the feed.

Beef cattle EPD app-This app is a must for any beef producer who’s breeding cattle. It lets them stay up to date with the latest news on DNA. The information provided by this app will help them make important breeding choices. In addition to being a great tool for beef producers that are trying to determine which cow should be bred to which bull, ag teachers will find it helpful when teaching students about breeding, genetics, and breed profiling.

The Climate App-For most beef producers, raising cattle is just one aspect of their farming duties. In addition to the cattle, they also raise crops which get turned into cow chow. The Climate App provides an accurate reading of the current air temperature, the current soil temperature, the soil temperature for the past seven days, and the total amount of precipitation for the day. Having access to this information makes deciding when to plant specific crops. The Climate App was developed by the University of Nebraska and can currently be downloaded to the beef producer’s smart phone for free.

   Jul 27

Panera Offends the Entire Agriculture Industry

When Panera Bread Company launched their latest advertisement plan, they made a serious misstep and offended farmers all over the country, many of whom have vowed to boycott the restaurant.

The first mistake Panera made was proudly announcing that they will only use non-antibiotic chicken. They were so proud of this chicken they went so far as to print it’s non-antibiotic status right on their menu, causing livestock producers to scratch their head and wonder just how well Panera understood food processing.

All meat served in Panera, and every other public restaurant in the United States, contains no residual antibiotics. Meat sold to the public has to be processed in a USDA slaughterhouse and it gets tested for antibiotics. Since livestock producers are diligent about watching the withdrawal dates of medications, positive test results are very, very rare.

The second mistake was the EZChicken ad campaign Panera launched in an attempt to promote their “antibiotic free” chicken. The gist of the EZChicken is that using antibiotics as part of livestock production is nothing more than lazy. When a Wisconsin based dairy farmer saw the promotional material she saw red. She worked too hard caring for her livestock and watching over their health to quietly let big businesses accuse her of laziness. She took to her computer, created a brilliant blog, and let the agriculture community know what Panera was doing.

The news has not gone over well. Just a few hours after the blog post went live, it had over 14,000 views and had been shared all over the web. Farmers were irate and vowed to boycott the business.

It will be interesting to see just how Panera handles the fact that it managed to offend the very livestock producers who keep the chain going.