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Friday, January 30, 2015

Ag Talk Q&A {Where's the Milk?}....

If you are just stopping by, welcome to my Ag Talk Q&A where, once a month I join some of my other farmwife friends and answer a question that someone has asked me about our farm.  Back in September when we hosted our farm tour,  I had my introduction speech all planned out and Brad was in charge of answering questions:)  I thought I had everything covered in my intro speech, but as everyone was gathering around so we could begin, I heard a little voice say, "Where's the milk?"  It never even crossed my mind to cover that topic, but I'm so glad the little guy asked because I was able to clarify the difference between beef  cattle and dairy cattle.
We live on a beef farm.  Unlike dairy farms, our focus is to raise cattle for food.  We do not milk our cattle.  We purchase the calves shortly after they are weaned from their mothers and when they weigh about 500-600 pounds.  We will feed them out until they are about 1200 pounds and then they are sold and sent to a processing plant in Joslin, Illinois where the meat is then sold to wholesale markets such as Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc.  You can find some of the finer cuts, such as steaks in higher-end restaurants, but some of it is shipped overseas.

So, you won't find any milk on our farm other than what's in our refrigerator!
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