The Modern Cowpoke: Career Options In Modern Cattle Production

When someone mentions cattle farming, the first thing that crosses the layperson’s mind is the image of wide open spaces and cow-herding buckaroos on horseback in an image that wouldn’t be out of place in a Western. And to a degree, some people still cling to that old rusting image of the cowpokes of old, as surprising as it may seem for city folk like me.

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Then as now, cattle farmers face long hours of work and are tasked with supervising the wellbeing of the cattle throughout all stages of their lives. They may oversee such tasks as the impregnation of cows through artificial insemination, inspecting herds for possible illnesses, and marketing and selling the cattle or their milk come market time.

A cattle farmer can expect to work long hours every day, and that includes weekends and holidays. It’s not your typical 9-t0-5 career, though it may have the demands of one. Dairy and beef farmers typically benefit from management experience, especially when managing the massive scales of commercial production.

For the cowboys and cowgirls of the New Old West, however, cattle farming is far from an artifact of the 1800s, something I know all too well. To succeed, they need to be familiar with the ins and outs of mechanized farming. At their disposal are an array of tools that can quickly scale up the production of cattle farms. Dairy farmers, for instance, have large-scale milking machines that cut away hours from milk production.

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Moreover, cattle farming, be it for dairy or beef, is hardly a one-person show, with farmers working closely not only with farmhands but also with veterinarians and other specialists such as livestock nutritionists to ensure the wellbeing of their herds.

I’m Bennett J. Kireker, New York Jets fan and farm equipment dealer and importer from Pismo Beach, CA. For more updates on all things modern agriculture, follow my blog.

Get The Hang Of Hang Gliding

Hang gliding is an extreme sport in which pilots fly propelled only by wind and gravity. You cannot learn hang gliding independently; you must learn it under the direct supervision of a certified instructor. The following will give you an idea how hang gliders ride.

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The first step to learning hang gliding is to fly tandem with a certified instructor. The instructor will teach you the basics and give you a test to qualify you to receive a student hang gliding certificate.

Launching : Your inflation run must be smooth to get a good launch. You must maintain directional control and control of the pendulum. Your transition from running to flying must be smooth.

Gliding : This is actually easier than what it looks like. Your glider has some sort of thermal thruster to get you airborne longer. Just remember, the lower you are in altitude, the higher the bank angle you will need to thermal at, to stay in the thermals, because they are likely to be small. Better to over bank at first than to under bank.

Landing : Set the breaks as you point to your landing zone. As your height drop 1.5 meters, execute the second flare and run like your feet kiss the ground.

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Bennett J. Kireker here. Apart from being a passionate New York Jets fan, I am also a hang gliding enthusiast. For more on my interests, click here.

The Top Agricultural Concerns Of Today And Their Impact On Equipment

Agricultural practices have always played to the tune of the times. Its primary concern since time immemorial is how to produce the materials that make up the key products which a growing population of people demands. Coupled with the conditions of the present, agriculture shall once again make adjustments in terms of equipment.

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The first issue is climate change. Initially, agriculture will react in such a way that there will be a need to create equipment that can protect crops from torrential rains and the ever increasing temperatures being recorded on the planet. The most in demand equipment shall be the ones which can withstand the challenges of nature.

Secondly, the population of the world is going to drive agricultural equipment technology as well. From today until the next few decades, production will have to be done in volume, in order to address people’s needs. We will soon be seeing equipment which can produce the biggest amount of materials in the shortest possible time.

Finally, economic shifts in the world scale are also going to affect equipment. In the next years, most of the agricultural technology will be produced in Asia. The Asian companies will basically reign supreme in terms of agricultural equipment, as they are here to offer the most affordable technologies to the rest of the world.

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Hi. My name is Bennett J. Kireker. After taking up agricultural sciences, I ventured into selling agricultural equipment. I sell farming machines to farm owners as well as milk harvesting and processing equipment to dairy farms. Learn more about my work here on this page.

Do you really need that farm machinery?

Much has been said and proven over the past years about organic food. According to experts and consumers alike, it is the healthier choice because organic farming doesn’t use harmful fertilization processes, thus having a better effect not just on the body, but on the environment too. Organic food has lesser chemicals, preservatives, and even tastes better than the non-organic variety.

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With all the good things said about organic food, what’s the catch? Why isn’t everyone eating organic?

The real deal, apparently, doesn’t concern itself with the question, “is it good for me?” It’s all about “will I be able to afford it?” The organic way of living is more costly as compared to supporting commercially produced, non-organic lifestyle and products. However, there are definitely ways to go organic without going broke, as listed below:

Tip 1. Don’t be overwhelmed by the price tag. Compared to non-organic choices, organic produce is more expensive, that’s a given. However, among all the organic choices in the market today, you can look for the most affordable one, and just turn a blind eye on the price difference between that and the conventional products in the market.

Tip 2. Know the must-buys. Did you know that some foods are less contaminated than others? To save some money, just choose organic produce for items that usually have more pesticides in them. This is a nice step especially if you’re just starting out with organic eating. Also, go organic for items that you regularly consume, such as milk, peanut butter, potatoes, apples, and whatever it is in your list.

Tip 3. Find the best place to score the best deals. Did you know that sometimes specialty stores’ pricing is higher than the grocery’s or supermarket’s pricing? Another place to purchase organic food is at the local farmer’s market. This doesn’t guarantee rock-bottom price rates, but the best thing about going to the farmer’s market is the possibility of meeting a supplier who can give you discounts for regular purchases.

Tip 4. Pay attention to sales, free coupons, and seasons. Discounts and couponing can help save up money. It’s also best to know fruits or harvests that are in season so that you can plan your purchase, and avoid paying hefty prices for them when they aren’t in season.

Tip 5. Grow your own. Utilize your porch or have a section in your backyard and create your own garden. Not much of a green thumb? Research how to take care of plants, and start off with low maintenance plants. Some of the plants that you can grow are tomatoes, chilis, avocados, and herbs like basil, celery, dill, among others. There’s no better way than being able to get what you need, when you need it, without spending a dime.

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As a farm and agricultural sales person, I, Bennett J. Kireker, have immersed myself into organic living. In fact, I personally supply organic vegetables to local restaurants all over California. For more about my lifestyle, and other related topics, follow my Twitter account.

Landing a Job As An Agricultural Sales Professional

How did your food land in your kitchen or fridge? Many people are not aware of how agriculture is a staple industry. I work as an agricultural sales professional, and I can attest to how my job brings more than just food to my table.

We agricultural sales professionals help the industry by selling products related to crop and food production, while serving as representatives of different companies. We work with diverse individuals—from farmers, CEOs, resellers, and customers. Our work varies, depending on the need. Some of us sell farm equipment, fertilizers and seeds, and produce. Many agricultural sales professionals do not hold a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness or agriculture, but those who have it are at an advantage. The industry is looking for people who have technical knowledge, communication skills, and organization skills. Because we sell products, agriculture sales professionals also need to learn the art of persuasion.

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As for the pay, it’s not bad at all. I can pay for my daily necessities, and I also have money to spare for the rainy days. Aside from gaining meaningful work experience (which, I hope to use in the future), my work gives me access to professional certifications and other career-related advancements.

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Curious of how it’s like to be an agriculture sales professional? I’m Bennett J. Kireker, a New York-based agriculture sales pro. Learn more about my job when you follow me on Twitter.