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Four generations of the Wilson family welcomed 65 guests to their field day on August 13. The focus of this year’s event at Seven W Farm, located in Paullina, was on diversity – poultry, pigs, dairy, beef, sheep, corn, beans, hay, small grains – and the role of each family member on the farm. Going Organic The […]

August 23, 2016 

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As the old saying goes, pigs are the mortgage lifters on the farm, which has held true at Crooked Gap Farm. The Book family has been farming for eight years; primarily raising Hereford hogs, but also heritage breed Dexter cattle, Katahdin sheep, meat rabbits and pastured poultry on 40 acres outside of Knoxville. 100% of […]

August 15, 2016 

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Many PFI members farrow on pasture in huts designed by fellow farmers. Two common styles of wooden huts are the A-Frame and E-Hut (the E stands for electronic, because the design was meant to be shared electronically). These mobile huts are designed to be moved with a tractor, yet heavy enough to withstand outdoor elements. […]

July 15, 2016 

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Apple cider vinegar is held to being a health tonic that promotes beneficial gut bacteria, improves digestion of feedstuffs, enhances performance, and helps decrease parasite load. PFI cooperator, Tom Frantzen, supplemented three groups of pigs with apple cider vinegar and measured feed intake, average daily gain, feed efficiency and return over feed costs compared to […]

December 30, 2015 

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Since 1987, the Cooperators’ Program has been Practical Farmers of Iowa’s vehicle for conducting on-farm research on the issues and concerns deemed most important by our members. The Cooperators’ Program is the epitome of what PFI is all about: Farmer-led investigation and information sharing. In 2015, 63 farmers took part in 35 research projects on […]

December 17, 2015 

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The father and son team at Bridgewater Farm, Dale and Tyler Raasch, get more done on their farm than seems possible (to mere mortals). The duo manages 23 acres of organic fruits and vegetables, plus meat chickens, layers, pigs, and beef cattle. As Dale and Tyler toured the group around their farm, CSA members, friends and family […]

September 25, 2015 

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Specialty corn varieties are bred to express quality profiles that are more suitable for livestock feed than standard, conventional corn varieties. With that in mind, John Gilbert, of Gibralter Farms near Iowa Falls, investigated different fertilizer practices to improve productivity of a specialty corn variety (cv. GEI 101) he has deemed to possess a desirable quality profile […]

April 28, 2015 

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Differences in hand-operated versus automated feeding systems contribute to variability in feed efficiency on finishing hogs. Wasted feed, feed lost from the feeder for other reasons than animal consumption, is a concern for at Rosmann Family Farm. A trial was designed to determine the effects of feeder management on growth performance in organic hogs. They […]

March 26, 2015 

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At two conferences Tom Frantzen spoke at over the winter, there was much interest in finishing hogs on something other than corn. Small grains take longer to digest and have a lower energy concentration than corn, but provide improved GI health, lower the incidence of ulcers, and contribute to firmer carcass fat. Small grains are […]

March 5, 2015 

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Nestled in a vast sea of corn and soybeans is an oasis of animals on grass. On September 26, the Wilson family hosted nearly 50 visitors at Seven W Farm in Paullina, IA. The field day showcased the integration of diverse agriculture enterprises and the dedication it takes from each generation of a large family. […]

October 9, 2014 

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