Steve Judge





8/31/2015
Dehorning calves can be a controversial topic. Steve Judge, a long-time micro dairy farmer discusses why he thinks dehorning is necessary.
6/2/2015
It is now possible to produce animal-free milk.
5/28/2015
The changing landscape of farming and farmers.
4/28/2015
Grass feeding cows may be the latest craze, but not necessarily the best diet for dairy cows.
4/15/2015
Spring has been slow to arrive in the Green Mountain State. But there are signs of spring in Vermont and that means preparing your Micro-Dairy for the change in seasons. Bob-White Systems' Steve Judge shares more tips to transition a Micro-Dairy into spring.
4/2/2015
Springtime means mud season in Vermont. And on a micro-dairy, it also means preparing the cows, fields and barn for the transition to warmer weather. Steve Judge offers tips to prepare for Spring on a micro-dairy in a two-part series.
12/15/2014
It's important to prepare your Micro Dairy or small farm for winter by making small improvements to your facilities. But it's also important to mentally prepare for the dark, cold months.
12/3/2014
Helping your cows transition from fall to winter can be easy to do. Here are five steps to consider when the cold weather starts settling in.
11/12/2014
Finding time to make improvements on a small dairy is difficult but making a few improvements as the seasons change can often make a micro dairy or any size small farm more efficient. Here are 7 steps to help you prepare your barn for the cold winter months.
10/23/2014
Feed and hay management tips to get through winter.
10/9/2014
What you need to think about to prepare your cows, barn, feed and yourself for the cold weather.
9/22/2014
Why I have never trimmed my cow' nails in 8 years of running a micro dairy. Read on to choose whether you want to be trimming your cows' hooves.
9/11/2014
How and why I started using leftover raw milk as a natural soil supplement and fertilizer on my dairy farm.
8/8/2014
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
8/5/2014
Bucket milkers offer small and micro-dairy farmers affordable and reliable system for milking cows. Here are my basics for how to use a bucket milker on a micro dairy.
7/16/2014
Cows, goats, sheep, water buffalo, camels and, even, horses have been successfully milked by hand for thousands of years. Though it's an age-old practice, milking a cow by hand is not as easy as it may first appear. It’s best to know what you are getting into before you take on this important farming task.
6/25/2014
The flavor and shelf life of the milk you sell directly to consumers are directly impacted by how the milk is produced and handled on your farm. Here are my best practices for handling and producing the highest-quality, most delicious milk on the farm.
5/28/2014
Silvopasture is a newfangled word for wooded pasture. Basically, all it means is that you are using wooded land with trees and forage for pasture. The trees can be managed for firewood production and/or saw logs and provide welcome shade and shelter for your livestock and forage.
5/21/2014
Understanding and effectively executing a breeding program depends on understanding the calving cycle and when and how to dry a cow off in preparation of calving.
4/16/2014
Cows are big, powerful animals, and milking puts you right beside the strong hind legs and feet. If you find yourself with what I call a kicky cow, there are steps you can take to manage the animal.
4/9/2014
Cows love routine. The more things stay the same for cows, the safer and more secure they feel. Here is my abbreviated list of best practices for milking a cow, learned over many decades in the barn.
3/20/2014
Managing the feed regimen for cows in a micro dairy environment is a matter of setting clear goals and understanding what your cows need.
2/13/2014
Cow manure is a key indicator of bovine health and well being. After milk, it is the most valuable thing your cows will produce. Micro-dairy expert Steve Judge explains why it pays to get comfortable with cow manure.
10/8/2013
Choosing the business model for Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
9/10/2013
How a small and inexpensive High Temperature-Short Time pasteurizer could change the dairy industry.
8/20/2013
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
7/26/2013
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
7/18/2013
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
6/20/2013
A guide to creating realistic goals for your micro dairy based on your own experience.
5/30/2013
How to finance your micro dairy and manage your budget for success.
5/1/2013
Guidance for aspiring micro dairy owners and managers when navigating regulations and permitting on the local and state levels.
4/3/2013
After almost 50 years of raising cows and dairy farming in New England, I’ve developed what I consider to be 15 universal truths for micro dairy owners.
3/15/2013
All land is not created equal when it comes to raising animals on a micro dairy.
9/27/2012
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
9/5/2012
Bob-White Systems is bringing the cows back home by providing supplies, equipment and support for Micro Dairies, Home & Farmstead cheesemakers and small-scale producers of local and farm fresh dairy products.




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