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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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Seeds Of Wellbeing - SOW

CTAHR SOW Podcast Team

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Aloha & Welcome to the SOW podcast aimed to provide educational support, information, guidance and outreach to farmers, ranchers, and allied agricultural producers in Hawaii. This podcast is brought to you by the Seeds of Wellbeing or SOW Project at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Ag. and Human Resources. This podcast is supported by the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), grant no. 2021-70035-35371, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Fo ...
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Aloha! Thank you for tuning in! In this episode, we will talk with our very own Shannon Sand. We discuss the intaking and onboarding of new employees and what you should consider when bringing on new hires into your operation. Be sure to tune in and learn more! Thanks for listening! Check out our other social media platforms!…
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Aloha! Welcome to Livestock Wala'au Season 4! We'll share upcoming webinars, Hawaiʻi program updates, and tools. Stay tuned for our upcoming episode with our very own Shannon Sand! We discuss the intaking and onboarding of new employees for your operation! Women in Ag Book Club Information: Link Here University of Nebraska-Lincoln Webinars: Link He…
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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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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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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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In this episode of Voices From the Field, O'ahu farmer Joe McGinn discusses the challenges faced by Hawaii ag producers, including thin margins, increasing costs, government regulations, and natural disasters. He emphasizes the importance of having a support system, including cultural and seasonal support, courage, and connection to overcome these …
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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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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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In this episode we aim to address some of the common legal questions raised by the Hawaii agriculture producers we have met. We are grateful to Cat Taschner, co-founder of the nonprofit Business Law Corps in Hawaii. At a recent meeting with the University of Hawaii’s “AgConnect” course, she addressed questions she often hears and agreed to share an…
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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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It has been said that the nine most terrifying words in the English language are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” but in our episode with Buddy Nichols from the US Department of Ag’s Farm Service Agency, there is nothing to fear! Listen as we talk about their loan program that may be the first place you want to look for loans as an a…
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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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On this episode of Voices from the Field, Andrea and Matt Drayer join us to share their journey into farming, and the deep meaning and value it brings to them. Listen in to learn how they navigate challenges in both farming and their personal lives. Find out more about us: Seeds Of Wellbeing website Seeds of Wellbeing Resource Hub All the SOW links…
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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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Vincent Kimura joins us on this episode of our Voices From the Field podcast series to share the value of story telling and sharing information across generations. His wealth of knowledge and experience helps paint a well-round image of how farmers can overcome some of the challenges they face through connection, community building, and knowledge s…
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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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Joining us on this inspiring episode of Voices From the Field is Tony Vera. Tony is the founder of Mayan World Farms and shares with us how farming has helped him on his personal journey of recovery, and the deep meaning and value it provides him and his family. To connect with Tony and learn more about Mayan World Farms, including information abou…
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Daniel Dunnom, a bee keeper, tropical fruit farmer, and UH Hilo alumni, shares the inside scoop of what life is like as a bee keeper and how he copes with the challenges of day to day farm operations, including a meditation he uses called "Bee Breath". Brought to you by University of Hawaii College of Tropical Ag. and Human Resources (CTAHR), and t…
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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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Founder and CEO of Kauai Farm Planning, Alex Wong shares from his expertise and experience rich perspectives on the challenges and solutions of attaining a 100% local agriculture economy. Brought to you by University of Hawaii College of Tropical Ag. and Human Resources (CTAHR), and the Seeds of Well-being (SOW) Project. This podcast is supported b…
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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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We hope you enjoy this rebroadcast of an earlier, and our first, "Voices from the Field" podcast. In this episode, we hear from agriculture producers about ʻonipaʻa, and ways they address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of Hawaiʻi agriculture production This podcast is brought to you by University of Hawaii College of Tropical…
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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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It is likely that anyone interested in, or involved in, growing fruit in Hawaii has heard the name of Ken Love from the Big Island of Hawaii. In this episode we speak with Ken about how he became the local pundit on tropical fruit, some thoughts on the most profitable fruits to grow and why, the importance of connecting with local chefs, Hawaii Mas…
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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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In this episode we speak with Kaʻeo Duarte and Kanakolu Noa from Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estate - which we abbreviate as KS. In an earlier podcast we spoke with KS about their 135 year history and strategic vision for the future, but in this episode we focus on how they view their role and responsibilities as part of the larger Hawaiʻi Food S…
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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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In this episode we speak with Kaʻeo Duarte and Marissa Harman from Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estate (KS). They talk about the 135 year history of KS, and its strategic vision, but we focus on how they manage the approximately 88,000 acres deemed to be “high value ag land” in their portfolio. We also share how an ag producer can apply for KS lan…
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In this episode we talk with Jay Bost who helped found the Hawaii Seedgrowers Network, and ran a GoFarm site on Oahu. When we spoke with Jay we focus on his roles in the beginning and evolution of GoFarm, with a strong focus on the role and importance of local seed production. Brought to you by University of Hawaii College of Tropical Ag. and Human…
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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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In this episode we speak with Lisa Rhoden, Food Safety Director with NSEVP on the island of Oahu about The Food Safety Modernization Act (or FSMA), water testing, and NSEVPʻs Group GAP program. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices and Lisa facilitates a group certification process for Hawaiʻi ag producers on all the islands. Brought to you by…
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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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In this episode we talk with Tyson Banasihan founder of E Ulu Farms on the island of Kauai. Tyson discusses his ongoing efforts to collect and preserve different and rare varieties of kalo (Hawaiian taro), staying connected to his cultural roots through farming, the challenges of being a modern day kalo farmer, and the intrinsic moral value of grow…
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In this episode we speak with Gail and Cab Baber who are long-time ag producers in Hawaii and early adopters of growing Hawaiian hemp. We talk about the many issues they have faced related to growing hemp and its many uses and promise as a crop, but also talk about a number of important issues and possible solutions related to Hawaii Ag production …
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In this episode we speak with Senator Tim Richards from the island and County of Hawaiiʻs 4th district. We talk about how this Big Island ag producer became involved in local politics, what it is like at the State Senate, and how he approaches his role as one of the Stateʻs few politicians with local agriculture experience. Brought to you by Univer…
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In this episode we talk with Stephanie Easley, Legal Fellow at the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, and Chuck Chimera, Weed Risk Assessment Specialist, Hawaii Invasive Species Council. Stephanie and Chuck discuss their experience battling the incoming threat and spread of invasive species and noxious weeds in Hawaii and how public educatio…
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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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