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Information on this page pertains to the 2013 event. Look for details in December about the 2014 MOSES Conference Feb. 27-March 1, 2014-- our 25th anniversary!
2013 MOSES ORGANIC FARMING CONFERENCE
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5. Breed Your Own Low-Input, High-Profit Cattle Herd
(Update- Due to a family emergency, Gearld Fry will be unable to present at the 2013 Organic Farming Conference. Gearld apologizes for missing the conference and plans to return in the future. Gearld personally recommended Steve Campbell as his replacement.)
Owning and managing land is about growing fine grasses; owning cows is about harvesting, utilizing and processing that grass into milk, meat/protein and fat, and about returning a sustainable profit to the owner/producer. These goals require a different type of animal than what is often found in our own herds or for sale. The dairy or beef farmer is the first, and most important, link of the food chain. So the selection, breeding and management practices of our cattle determines the quality of product produced.
Every breed of beef and dairy cattle we use was developed long before any of the scientific equipment and methods we have today were developed. All cattle breeds were originally created to produce quality foods (milk, meat & fat) for human consumption; quality foods the animal could provide on a 100% grass diet. Where has that peasant wisdom gone? Many of those early livestock developers left us a paper trail in books and writings. Steve Campbell has spent his professional career researching cattle selection, breeding and management practices. He will convince you that every cow can be evaluated genetically (their potential) just by looking at the animal with a trained and critical eye. He will teach you how to look at the cow and bull and know her/his production traits and breeding potential.
You will go home with the wisdom to go to your neighbor’s herd and buy the best cow without even asking a question. You will also be able to select the best animals from your own herd to make better culling and breeding decisions.
Steve Campbell has worked with cattle in one capacity or another since the age of twelve. His Epiphany moment came in 1999 while recovering from a ranching injury. The resulting refocusing of his energies into learning about soil, plant, animal and human health since that time have led him to: some very old books; like minded thinkers and mentors; on farm experiments with soil fertility; and to numerous speakers, farm visits and conferences over the past dozen years.
From the Weston A. Price philosophy for human health, to Carey Reams and Maynard Murray for soils, to Jerry Brunetti, Dr. Richard Olree, Gearld Fry and the teachings of numerous authors of yesteryear, Steve has spent that period learning from these wise men (and women) to not only change his personal eating habits...but to extrapolate those learned principles of nature into his own farmland and animals and to help others make similar improvements on their farms.
Steve owns Tailor Made Cattle in Idaho and is a member and “core breeder” of the American Herbataurus Society.