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Livestock Wala'au

Melelani Oshiro & Shannon Sand

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Welcome to the Livestock Wala’au podcast. Brought to you by University of Hawaii CTAHR and the Livestock Extension Group. The goal of this podcast is to provide educational support, information, guidance and outreach to livestock stakeholders in Hawaii.
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** TOP 3% GLOBALLY RANKED PODCAST ** Are you concerned about the current food supply? Do you want to be more self-sufficient? Are you longing to raise goats and other animals for food but don’t know where to start? Do you wish you had a mentor to walk you through raising livestock? I’m so glad you’re here! In this podcast you’ll learn all about raising goats and other livestock, sustainable management systems that will keep you and your animals happy and healthy, and strategies to get self-s ...
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Hi, friend! Today we are talking about raising bottle kids Today we are talking all about bottle goats! Pros and cons of bottle kids compared to dam-raised kids, and I’ll be sharing 5 tips to help you successfully raise your bottle goats: Let’s get to it! All the Best! Millie Mention: Pritchard Teat: https://www.premier1supplies.com/p/pritchard-tea…
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Aloha! Thank you for tuning in! In this episode, we will talk with Dr. Caleb Reichhardt, the Assistant Professor of Livestock Production at UH Manoa, and three of his graduate students, Taya Blad, Jesus Rojas, and Shaye Nishimura. They discuss their research projects focusing on trace minerals, parasite burden, and muscle growth! They also discuss …
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Hi, friend! Today we are talking about the most important nutrient for all livestock… WATER! It seems simple enough, but keeping adequate water available to your animals through all the seasons can be quite challenging. I’ll be sharing some tips to manage water efficiently as well as explain how we do it off-grid! All the Best! Millie Connect with …
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Aloha! Welcome to Livestock Wala'au Season 4! We'll share upcoming webinars, Hawaiʻi program updates, and tools. Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: Hawaii: UH Manoa CTAHR Livestock Extension Small Ruminant Nutrition & Management in Hawaiʻi Webinar: REGISTRATION LINK HERE Mid-West: Women In Ag Book Club Information Stay tuned for our next episode, wher…
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Hi, friend! Today we’re taking a hard look at our livestock and evaluating to see if we should keep going or change directions with each herd or animal. I give you six areas to evaluate and then walk through the process with our show goat herd. Do we keep the show goats or sell them? You’ll leave with a plan to assess each of your livestock animals…
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Hi, friend! Today we’re going to talk about disbudding goats – should your goat herd have horns or not? We’ll talk about the purpose of horns, risks of removing them, challenges with leaving them on, building fence depending on what you choose, can you mix horned and disbudded goats, and all the things you need to know to make the best decision for…
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*** Top 3% Global Podcast! *** Hi, friend! Today we’re going to talk about what animal I think is the best for beginner homesteaders to start with. We’ll be talking about evaluating your resources, risk management, experience and safety, and how raising this animal will help you be better prepared to add in your next ones. We’ll talk about all the …
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Hi, friend! I often hear aspiring homesteaders ask “How do you pay for all of this? It’s so expensive! I could never afford to do that.” There’s some truth in those statements, raising livestock CAN be expensive, but if you get creative and stick with your plan, you can make some adjustments in what you’re already doing that will make a BIG financi…
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Aloha! Thank you for tuning in! In this episode, we will be talking with Melelani Oshiro, who is the Livestock Extension Agent at UH CTAHR. She will be discussing the importance of body condition scoring for assessing the nutritional health of your livestock. This tool can be incredibly useful, so be sure to tune in and learn more! Resources: Body …
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Hi, friend! Hello! Today we’re going to talk about homestead comparison and my view of “good, better, best” when evaluating your progress. I’ll give you some examples and tips to help you feel good about your own homestead projects, and avoid the comparison trap. Let’s get to it! All the Best! Millie Connect with me: Email: drycreekgoats@gmail.com …
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Aloha! Welcome to Livestock Wala'au Season 4! We'll share upcoming workshops, seminars, and tools. Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: Hawaii: Hawaii BQA/BQAT In-Person Training: Registration and Info Mid-West: Women In Ag Book Club Information Job Opportunities: Livestock Extension Agents - UH CTAHR Extension: Junior/Assistant Extension Agent (Livesto…
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Hi, friend! Ready for goats? In this episode we are going to cover four steps to help you prepare and shop for your first goats. You’ll learn what needs to be ready at your farm or homestead, the importance of knowing what you want, how to locate a reputable breeder, and what questions to ask to make sure your first goat experience is a good one! I…
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Hey, Friend! In today’s episode, we talk about how to avoid homestead livestock overwhelm using my 4 step process to successfully add the right animals to your homestead. I also give some some practical tips on choosing the right type of livestock to start with. Whether you’re interested in goats, chickens, rabbits, sheep, pigs, or cattle, you’ll l…
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Hey, friend! In this first episode, you’ll get to know me a little better! We’ll talk about my journey from ranch kid to homesteader, raising our own livestock for food, why I don’t rely on the broken food system, and the purpose behind this podcast and how it came into existence. I hope this encourages or helps you! Millie Connect with me: Email: …
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we're joined by Cherryle Heu and Ryan Longman, who are here to share an exciting development for Hawai'i's ranchers. They've launched the Hawaii Rangeland Information Portal, or H-RIP, a tool designed to enhance productivity and sustainability in the ranching industry. Tune in to discover how this to…
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Hey, friend! Hi, I’m Millie Bradshaw, Animal Scientist, cattle girl turned goat rancher, co-owner of Dry Creek Livestock, Homesteader, and simple living enthusiast. In this podcast, you will find simple instructions for sustainable, small-scale livestock husbandry, how to develop management systems that will keep you and your animals happy and heal…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to the Livestock Wala'au Season 3! In this MINI episode, we will share some upcoming workshops, seminars and tools! Please fill out our Feedback Fest survey! Resources: Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: Hawaii: Leucaena Workshop Registration: https://forms.gle/cm36dLYgy1ApqsYx7 Sheep Management Survey: https://go.haw…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we have a conversation with Ruth Woiwode, an Assistant Professor for Animal Behavior and Well-Being at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We will be discussing low-stress animal handling, its relevance to livestock, and its significant economic impacts. Tune in to learn more about this topic! Additi…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to the Livestock Wala'au Season 3! In this MINI episode, we will share some upcoming seminars and job opportunities. Please fill out our Feedback Fest survey! Resources: Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: HI: -Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation-Ag Day at the Capitol - February 8th from 11am-1pm - Cattlemen at the Capitol F…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we "talk story" with our co-host, Shannon Sand about Break-Even Analysis. Shannon will be discussing what a break-even analysis is, how you can apply it to your operation, and also share some resources that can help you get started! Tune in to learn more! Additional Resources: Shannon Sand - email: s…
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Aloha & Happy New Year! In this MINI episode, we will be sharing about some upcoming seminars, funding programs and job opportunities. Resources: Job Opportunities: - Research Support Staff: CLICK HERE - Climate Smart Specialist: CLICK HERE Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: NE and the West: - December Series, Live throughout Nebraska & free to partic…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we "talk story" with John Hewlett, an Extension Educator at the University of Wyoming (UW). John is with the UW Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics and has a wide range of experience related to Risk Management in agriculture. Tune in to learn more about these programs! Additional Resource…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to the Livestock Wala'au Season 3! In this MINI episode, we will be sharing about some upcoming seminars and job opportunities. Resources: Job Opportunities: - Research Support Staff: CLICK HERE Webinar/Workshop/Seminar Links: NE and the West: - Dec. 8-9: Grand Island Returning to the farm workshop for families: Cl…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we talk story with Dr. Travis Idol about a Seedless Leucaena hybrids for sustainable silvopasture systems project that he is leading. He is an Associate Professor of Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at …
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to the Livestock Wala'au Season 3! In this MINI episode, we will be talking with Kristin Kiriu, John Boyes, and Jennifer Balderas about some of the programs offered by the FSA Additional Resources: FSA Website: Click Here Farmers.gov Website: Click Here Thanks for listening! Check out our other social media platfor…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we talk story with Dirk Charlson who is an Extension educator in the area of Digital Agriculture and Yiji Xiong who is a Precision Livestock Extension Specialist! Both are from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have expertise in different areas of agriculture and technology! Thanks for listening…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some updates and events going on in October, as well as our upcoming guest Dirk Charlson, in our next episode! Check out the links below! Check out our Feedback Fest survey! Hawaiʻi Beef Consumer Survey: To better understand consumers' behavior when purchasing local beef, our team has created a short survey. Yo…
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Aloha and mahalo for tuning in! In this episode, we talk story with University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Educator, Randy Saner. He talks about many different aspects of small ruminant herd health! Resources mentioned: UNL Goat Production Basics Thanks for listening! Check out our other social media platforms!…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some events going on in September, as well as our upcoming guest, Randy Saner, in our next episode! We also discuss ways you can donate to Agriculture relief on Maui. Check out the links below! Check out our Feedback Fest survey! Hawaiʻi Beef Consumer Survey: To better understand consumers' behavior when purcha…
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Aloha! In this episode, our very own Melelani Oshiro gives insight into some things to consider when working with small-scale livestock productions! Check out our Feedback Fest survey! Check out these resources mentioned! CTAHR Publications: Range and Pasture Management Animal Science (Livestock Management) UH CTAHR Livestock Extension Farm Service…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some new CTAHR updates, reminders, and events going on in August! Check out the links below! Check out our Feedback Fest survey! Hawaiʻi Beef Consumer Survey: To better understand consumers' behavior when purchasing local beef, our team has created a short survey. You can access the survey by going to https://g…
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Aloha! In this episode, we talk story with our very own Melelani Oshiro about the importance of good livestock production practices and tools you can use to monitor your pasture production and health! If you have any questions, you can email Melelani Oshiro at mabran@hawaii.edu. Thanks for listening! Check out our other social media platforms!…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some great funding and job opportunities! Check out the links below! Hawaiʻi Beef Consumer Survey: To better understand consumers' behavior when purchasing local beef, our team has created a short survey. You can access the survey by going to https://go.hawaii.edu/Xyk. All collected information is confidential …
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Aloha! In this episode, we talk story with Shannon Wilson, a PhD candidate in Entomology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, working on a Two-lined Spittlebug project on the Big Island to evaluate forage susceptibility to TLSB impacts! Tune in to learn more up-to-date information! Download the TLSB App from the app store! For more information on…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some great funding opportunities with the Local Meat Capacity Grant Program and the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture Micro-Grant for Food Security Program! We also talk about some BQA opportunities and a few details about our upcoming guest speaker, Shannon Wilson and her Two-lined Spittlebug Forage Trials! Ha…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in for another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode, we will be talking with Dr. David Ripplinger, bioengineer and bioproducts economics extension specialist, from North Dakota State University! Check out the YouTube version on our LEG YouTube Channel! Please also consider completing our feedback survey at th…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we share some upcoming FSA Webinars this month! Listen in to hear about some opportunities to attend our CTAHR Small Ruminant Workshop on Kauai! Also, participate in our Beef Consumer survey! Don't forget to provide your feedback about our podcast! FEEDBACK FEST LINK Check out our other social media platforms! Livestock…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in for another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode, we will be talking with our very own Shannon Sand! She will discuss tips on keeping track of your livestock's financial records and how to use your financial information to make important decisions. As well as, a brief overview of some enterprise budgets, c…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode, we have some information about upcoming workshops. Listen in to hear about some opportunities to attend CTAHR workshops working with small ruminants! Also, participate in our Beef Consumer survey! Don't forget to provide your feedback about our podcast! FEEDBACK FEST LINK Check out our other social media platforms! Live…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Alexia Akbay, CEO, of Symbrosia and their team Lead of People and Culture, Heather Remo. We will be learning more about the company and their product called Seagraze! Check out the YouTube version to get behind the scenes look of our v…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode we have some information about upcoming workshops. Listen in to hear about some opportunities to attend CTAHR workshops about beef production and another about poultry! Don't forget provide your feedback about our podcast! FEEDBACK FEST LINK Check out our other social media platforms! Livestock Walaʻau Linktree Episode R…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Dr. Jonathan Deenik, Soil Fertility and Soil Quality Specialist with UH Manoa. Come learn more about soil health for pasture systems. Please also consider completing our feedback survey at the link below! FEEDBACK SURVEY LINK Check out…
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Aloha! In this mini-episode we have some information about upcoming workshops and get ready as the start of the 2023 Legislative season begins. Listen in to hear about some opportunities to attend CTAHR workshops and have your voice heard at the capitol. Don't forget provide your feedback about our podcast! FEEDBACK FEST LINK Check out our other so…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Bonnie Lind of Lind Insurance Services and Jacqueline Da Rocha, Senior District Sales Manager in Western Region for ProAg. Listen in to learn more about LRP, how it can be used by producers to mitigate risk and what is available in Haw…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in for another MINI Livestock Wala'au! In this mini-epsiode we are talking about some upcoming CTAHR updates as campus and classes have begun, upcoming workshops and Two-lined Spittle bug application! Also coming up this month in our full episode we will talking about Risk Management Options for Livestock Producers wi…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Kanoe Schutte, who is the Hawaii Auditor for Rancher Connecting Ranchers Program. Listen in to learn more about RCR and how if may benefit your livestock business. Please also consider completing our feedback survey at the link below! …
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in for another MINI Livestock Wala'au! In this mini-epsiode we are talking about some upcoming CTAHR updates as campus and classes have begun, upcoming workshops and Two-lined Spittle bug application! Also coming up this month in our full episode we will talking with Kanoe Schutte with RCR! Listen in to find out more!…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Dr. Ryan Longman from the UH East West Center about PDKE and other programs he is involved with. Listen in to learn more about these programs and where you can access them! Please also consider completing our feedback survey at the lin…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in for another MINI Livestock Wala'au! In this mini-epsiode we are talking about some upcoming CTAHR updates as campus and classes have begun, upcoming workshops and Two-lined Spittle bug application! Also coming up this month in our full episode we will talking with Dr. Ryan Longman about the PDKE program and some ot…
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Aloha and thank you for tuning in to another episode of Livestock Walaʻau! In this episode we will be talking with Dr. Caleb Reichhardt, who is the Livestock Production Professor with UH CTAHR. Listen in to learn more about trace minerals for livestock, impact to health and some tips on preparing calves for next stage of production. Dr. Reichhardt …
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