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Loading Out Day Layers

Loading Out Day Layers

Here I am; pasture empty, pants dotted with cow manure and a hoof imprint on my calf, standing in an empty pen wondering about my life’s effort as a grass farmer nourishing the land and people. It’s an emotional time pondering whether there is a genuine appreciation for the hours of work caring for animals that will someday provide organic milk or grassfed beef to families. 

Loading out is an agricultural term used to describe moving whole sets of animals to another location or to a processing facility. For over 30 years working as a custom grazier, [...]

By |November 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|
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    National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

National Grassfed Exchange Conference Covers the Land with Possibilities

By Troy Bishopp 

Albany, NY—Would-be travelers to the Albany Airport had to do a double-take as the heralded Desmond Hotel and Conference Center had beef cows grazing on the lawn and smoky barbeque scents wafting towards the jet’s flight path.  “It’s the first time I heard cowbells in the parking lot”, said NYS Agriculture Commissioner, Richard Ball.  

What passersby didn’t see were over 550 farmers, ranchers, chefs, consumers and their collaborative businesses from all over the world in the state capital to learn about unleashing the power of a grassfed [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A Tale–gate as old as Time

A Tale–gate as old as Time 

By Troy Bishopp

It’s been said that a man and his truck is a beautiful thing. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson waxed poetic on this subject by saying, “I love driving the cool cars but there is nothing like driving a pickup truck”.  Forget Uber, repel the notion of driverless motion and certainly resist the temptation of substituting a car pulling a trailer as a replacement truck.

It’s almost a rite of passage (and in numerous country ballads) that country boys drive pickup trucks. The love for one’s pickup truck is as genuine and old as [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Veteran Farmers Learn the Art of Fence

Veteran Farmers Learn the Art of Fence  

Army Veteran, beginning farmer and financial advisor, John Slifka, had this desire after acquiring a small acreage to start a multi-species operation with his wife, Josephine and family, aptly named Three Sister’s Farm for their generations of women in the family and to pay homage to the Iroquois people.

“With part of the Three Sisters Farm’s objective to raise a variety of livestock, pasture fencing is essential. Still, it is not only critical to get the right kind of fencing installed, it was equally important to get fencing installed the right way.  It’s one [...]

By |August 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp

A Tribute to my Brother, Scott Bishopp
by Troy Bishopp August 5th, 2017 United Methodist Church of Livonia

Charlie Brown said, “Goodbyes always makes my throat hurt”.

The rock band Creed, who was on my brother’s Spotify play list said in their song,  Don’t Stop Dancing:                                                                                                                                                                                                                “At times life’s unfair and you know, it’s plain to see                                                                                                                                   Hey God I know I’m just a dot in this world                                                                                                                                                    Have you forgot about me?                                                                                                                                                                                 Whatever life brings I’ve been through everything                                                                                                                                      And now I’m on my knees again                                                                                                                                                                        But I know I must go on                                                                                                                                                                             Although I hurt I must be strong                                                                                                                                                                 Because [...]

By |August 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|3 Comments|

A Farmer Meltdown

A Farmer Meltdown

By Troy Bishopp

I remember it well. It was 6am on June 11th, 2015 when my friend and young farmer, John Suscovich, announced to the world on his 75th Farm Marketing Solutions Podcast, (https://farmmarketingsolutions.com/blog/gfp075-my-big-meltdown  ) that he was having an emotional meltdown and heading into the thralls of depression.  As he divulged his inner pain, a wave of tears dripped onto my keyboard, partly from my empathy for him but also from the release that, I too, suffer from the “Burning candles at both ends syndrome”.

Mental health is not something we discuss very much, especially at the farm [...]


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