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Agricultural Journalism

In my Public Relations in Agriculture class, we had Chuck Zimmerman as a virtual speaker. Chuck is the co- Founder/Owner of agwired. He told us a few interesting stories!

He told us about how much agriculture had changed in the past decade.  When he started, he only had a few minutes of a radio broadcast to share his report. Many people didn’t get to hear it whom needed to. Now he has a full website ( numerous actually) that allows the users to  listen, read, or watch his reports anytime they want at the click of a button.

When he and his wife first started blogging, no companies wanted to do it, and some of their friends even laughed at them! They said farmers don’t use computers and don’t want to read blogs.

I think the future of agri-blogging will change a little. I think since it is already booming and available to most farmers, it has already changed for the most part. But like everything, it will improve overtime.

Managing Goats could be very profitable!

I made up a goat management plan. Turns out it is fairly profitable if you have money to invest. Here it is

Goat Management Plan

            For my Goat management plan I have decided to help my uncle and set up a goat brush management system containing a maximum of 25 goats on his old cattle farm.  This will be in operation for about two years until he decides to start operation again.  He is currently not working cattle due to financial issues.

The farm sits on 35.68 acres located in the countryside of Ozark.  It is divided into four sections of field, one of which is a working lot that contains a corral and a barn.  Two main ponds and four automatic water feeders fuel the water supply.

Cost of Land

            There will be no cost of the land due to that it is my uncle’s property.

Fencing

            The land is already fenced with woven barbed wire with a single strand of hot wire at the top of the fence.  I will add another strand to the bottom to keep the goats off the fence and prevent them from putting their heads through it.  A Premier PRS 100 Solar Energizer will need to be purchased at the cost of $315.00 and my uncle will be supplying me the tools I will need to set up the second strand of wire.  Another 6,000ft. roll of top grade electric fence wire will also be needed at the cost of $180.  29 packs of post insulators will be needed at $3.99 per 25 or $0.16 each.

Labor

            There will be no cost of labor to put up the second strand of hotwire or to feed the goats because my uncle and I will be doing that to help keep down costs of this plan.

Feeding/Vaccination

            The goats will be eating primarily pasture brush and forage.  The goats will be rotated between the three pastures that are for grazing.  The goats will be fed hay if the pastures become to dry or until it gets to the fall and winter months.  My grandpa, who grows it and sells it, will supply the hay.  I will be vaccinating for prevention of Clostridium chauvoei, septicum, novyi, perfringens Types C & D, haemolyticum (bacillary hemoglobinuria/red water) and tetani. I will be using the product Covexin 8.  The cost for a 250ml bottle is $32.99.  The goats will be given 5 ml SQ, followed by a 2 ml SQ dose in 6 weeks and once annually after purchase.

Animals

            I will be purchasing 25 young Boer/Lamancha cross goats at around $130 each.  The males will have already been castrated.  These will be purchased through sale barns and private owners.

Forage Management and Vaccination Schedule

  1. After purchasing goats, administer 5ml of Covexin 8 and put them in pasture one. (Largest Pasture)
  2.   In six weeks herd them into the corral lot and administer 2ml of Covexin 8 and release them into pasture number two.  (Smaller Right Pasture)
  3.   In four weeks bring them back into the corral lot and do a visual examination of all goats.  Then release them into pasture number three.  (smaller Left Pasture)
  4.   Repeat every six weeks for large pasture and every four weeks for small pasture.
  5.   A year from first vaccination, vaccinate again with 2ml of Covexin 8.  Repeat annually.
  6.   After two years of running this operation, my uncle and I will discuss if he is financially ready to start raising cattle again or if he needs more time.  If he is ready then he can keep the goats and rotate them with the cattle or just sell the goats for some extra cash.

Price Overview

Fencing

Solar Energizer                                                              $315.00

6,000ft roll of wire                                                          $180.00

725 post insulators @ $0.16 each                              $116.00

Total Cost of Fencing                                                    $611.00

Land

Land cost                                                                         $0.00

Total Cost of Land                                                         $0.00

Feed/Vaccines

Feed/Hay                                                                         $0.00

Vaccines                                                                         $32.99

Total cost of Feed/Vaccines                                         $32.99

 

Animals

25 Boer/LaMancha goats @ $130.00 each               $3,250.00

Total cost of Animals                                                     $3,250.00

Grand Total                   

                                                                                        $3,893.99

Should we sell??

Once the goats have reached peak weight, and they are no longer needed on the farm, they we be very profitable. The full-grown goats will weigh around 200- 300 pounds. The live weight price for meat goats is around $1.10 per pound. So the potential profit would vary. The total weight of the goats would range from 5,000 pounds to 7,500 pounds, meaning the sale price could be from $5,500 to $8,250. This gives him a potential profit of $1606 to $4,356.

Boston Massacre

As you all may know on April 16, 2013 two explosions went off near the finish line during the Boston marathon. I had my television on when it had occurred and my eyes were glued to the screen. I saw a big cloud of smoke as the reporters played the tape back again for viewers who were just tuning in. I can not imagine the chaos that took place there after. But then I saw it. I saw people who were not in uniform running to help those who got hit by the explosives. They took off their own shirts and were using them as tourniquets to stop the blood from gushing out. If that is not heroic then I do not know what is. These onlookers could have run off for safety. Instead they ran towards the chaos and helped those in need. The Boston marathon on April 15, 2013 will forever be etched into our memories. However the actions that took place in order to help those in need will be what I remember. The heroic people that helped those in a time of chaos.

Please Keep the victims and their families in your prayers

The Circus

 This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Shrine Circus here in Springfield, MO.  This was the first circus I had been to since I was a small child.  As I was walking to the door, i saw that there was a PETA protest claiming that the circus is cruelty to animals. 

 I really enjoyed the show and thought it was amazing! Sure this isn’t natural to the animals, but I dont think its cruelty by any means.

The next night I went walking and decided I would walk by the arena to see them packing up the circus.( I only live 3 blocks from it) I saw a lady that I recognized from the show as one of the trapeze artist. I began talking to her and asking questions. Turns out she was born into the circus. She is from Argentina. She has been with the Shrine circus for 6 years, and hasn’t been home to visit family in three years. Her act includes her sister whom was also born into the circus.

I had a very nice talk with her, she said she loved her job and wouldn’t want to do anything else! 

Tulsa Zoo Experience

Over this past weekend I took a trip to the Tulsa City Zoo with my boyfriend.

20130402-215133.jpg     It was not the same as the Dickerson Park Zoo where I work. The layout of the zoo is different due to you have multiple paths you can take at the beginning and not see everything on one route.  Thus, having to back track to see everything.  The Dickerson Park Zoo’s layout is in such a way that you see everything in one trip.  The elephant enclosure was not as secure as the one we have and I didn’t like it.  The behind scene look into the elephant enclosure was also nice, but in another aspect I did not like it due to it could lead to Animal Rights groups causing unnecessary problems.

There were some things I did like including the layout of the large cats an20130402-215242.jpgd bear exhibits.  They allowed the guests to see the animals without a fence or barrier hindering their view.  I especially liked the simang exhibit because it allowed the animals to climb high in the tree tops and live a some what natural life.

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Just because it’s funny!

The FarmNwife

Last week in my Public relations in agriculture class we had a guest speaker. The speaker’s name was Mrs. Judi Graff from a mid-west farm where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay, along with raising cattle for her children to show.

There are Three main things that I took from her lecture.

Number one: Keep your design simple and obvious. Most of the people reading an agricultural based blog will not be extremely tech savy, therefore a flash hip background will only confuse and frustrate them.

Number two: Always have a contact me page. This allows people to ask you a question, give you feedback, or tell you something they would like to see in a future post.

Number three The About Page: This page is the most important page when you look at a blog. This gives the reader a sense of direction and tells the reader what the website is going to do for them. It tells them whether a business wants to sell products or just a farmer share their life and experiences with others who may not know about it.

You all should check out Judi’s blog, it’s at http://www.farmnwife.com