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We started our Spring Fund Drive on April 4, 2015. Since then, just over 54,000 readers have stopped in to read On Pasture articles. That means that over 54,000 people saw a Pop Up that looked something like this one: We’re really proud of the number of folks who are spending time each month checking […]

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Top Secret Weight Loss Tips from On Pasture

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By   1 week ago

You can make a fortune selling the easy path to weight loss. The weight loss industry in the US was worth more than $64 billion in 2014. On Pasture is trying to raise money, and so here we are to share some top secret weight loss tips with you for the low, low, price of […]

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We’ve Gone A Long Way On A Little

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By   2 weeks ago

You all probably know the story of how Kathy and Rachel started On Pasture. Way, way back when, many years ago (okay, five), Kathy and some pals were at a conference talking about information and how it gets to farmers. A few months later, Kathy and Rachel were working together in Vermont, and the topic […]

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Spring Fund Drive. IT’S TIME TO GIVE!

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By   3 weeks ago

You are the reason On Pasture is here every week. You are why there are more than 1,000 articles on topics from poultry to peas, mobile milking to management, fencing to farts. We are here to help you by providing useful information each week. The information you get through On Pasture helps save you money by […]

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Plant a Seed, Watch It Grow

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By   4 weeks ago

It’s planting time. Kathy had to get her tomatoes going early, so they have time to mature before the extreme heat in Tucson ends their season. She’s expecting to be eating home-grown produce by the end of May. On the other hand, here in New York, we put in peas and lettuce just a week […]

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How to Raise Chickens On Pasture

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By   1 month ago

Folks want to know – how do you do it?

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Young, and Wild, and THREE!

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By   1 month ago

On Pasture just turned THREE! Our official third birthday is March 21. It marks the date when we sent out our first issue of On Pasture in 2013. If you come and visit us anytime this week, we’ll bake a cake! If you’re staying home, have some cake there. Either way, we’re celebrating with you, […]

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Starting a Ranch From Scratch – An On Pasture Reader Asks, “What Would You Do?”

Here's what a ranch start up used to look like. Thinks have changed since this picture was taken!

By   2 months ago

We recently got this email from a reader who’s getting his new ranch up and running in northeastern New Mexico: I have an opportunity to start a cattle operation from basically scratch (wells are drilled, some drinkers put in, very large pastures that will need to be made into smaller paddocks); is there an article […]

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    My Experience With Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing

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    By   1 day ago

    Until July of 2007, those of us farming in the Ozarks had suffered through a two and a half year drought. July brought buckets of rain, and the pastures produced a tremendous growth of grass but also a wide mix of weeds (forbs) that come with a weakened sod. I had been reading about the […]

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    What is “Back-Grazing” and Should You Do It?

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    By   1 week ago

    A common question for graziers is what does ‘back-grazing’ mean. Then their next question becomes for how long is back-grazing acceptable? Back-grazing means letting livestock go back across areas that have been previously grazed, usually to access a fixed water point. What we are trying to avoid is allowing animals to bite off regrowth occurring […]

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    Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Allan Savory states in his book “Holistic Management” that stock density is the most under-utilized tool in grazing management implying that most graziers have yet to experience the full range of benefits possible from this tool. There are reasons for this; primarily, they have not taken time to use this tool at the ultra-high level. […]

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    How To Anchor Temporary Fences

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Editors’ Note: Awhile back Jim wrote an article on why he prefers managing his cattle with electric fencing. One of his reasons was that it just makes him happy. And maybe he’s happy because he uses good equipment and he’s figured out how to make the best use of it. So here’s some suggestions he […]

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    The Most Important Grazing Management Strategy to Date

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    By   4 weeks ago

    Have you ever considered how important it could be to just LINGER in your pastures a little longer? It can help you learn what to do, and give you time with your friends and family too!

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    Instructions for Starting to Ranch (or Just Doing Better Where You Are)

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    By   1 month ago

    Editors Note:  Grant G. has an opportunity to start a cattle ranch from scratch in NE New Mexico. We shared his question with everyone at On Pasture, and you gave us some really great responses.  Some of them are posted as comments under the original article. Others, like this one from NRCS’s Dan Nosal, came […]

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    Managing Medusahead – Start Early, Stay Late

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    By   1 month ago

    Medusahead grass is an “Ecosystem Transformer” species. Not only does it compete for resources with other plants, but it can change ecosystem function to favor its own survival at the expense of an entire ecosystem. It thrives in areas with hot dry summers and cool wet falls and springs. Its seeds travel well on animal […]

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    Strategic Grazing Plans – The Steps to Meet Your Goals

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    By   2 months ago

    You’re a lot more likely to make better and more timely grazing decisions if you have a grazing plan in place for the upcoming season. Here’s how to get started.

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      Bring in the Bees: Farmscaping With Pollinator Mixes

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      By   1 day ago

      Dave Wilson, King’s AgriSeeds, co-authored this piece with Genevieve Why draw more insects to the field? Most row crop fields are acres upon acres of monoculture. If these crops are grown to bloom stage, they will provide food for vitally important pollinators like honeybees for a very short time, and the single plant species creates […]

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      Nitrogen Cycling in Pastures

      This is a representation of nitrogen cycling. (Agronomy Factsheet 2: Nitrogen Cycle, http://nmsp.cals.cornell.edu/publications/factsheets/factsheet2.pdf)

      By   1 week ago

      I was recently asked about the copious amounts of white clover in a pasture as the farmers were concerned about bloat risk with their sheep. She and her family had done some research and came up with differing opinions regarding management. I was asked to give the definitive answer. We talked through some scenarios and […]

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      Toxic Fescue? Here’s How to Start Fresh!

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Toxic-endophyte tall fescue (predominantly Kentucky-31) makes up over 90 percent of tall fescue acres in the US and costs the cattle industry over $1 billion every year in lost productivity. The losses caused by the toxic endophyte may not be immediately apparent without close tracking and observation, or the ability to directly compare and measure […]

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      Don’t Let “Spring Fever” Hurt Your Forages

      Yes, it's green. But not ready to be grazed.

      By   3 weeks ago

      “Spring Fever” is the disease many of us get this time of year. Symptoms include wanting to get your livestock out on green grass as quickly as possible and when the disease isn’t controlled, we might hit our pastures too soon. Here’s some advice that will make sure you keep your forages healthy through Spring.

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      New Iowa State research: Human activity affecting microbes in soil

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      By   4 weeks ago

      With billions of living things doing their work in the soil, it’s no wonder we don’t know how our efforts to improve things might be affecting them. To give us a handle on it, researchers are doing some interesting monitoring and while they don’t have answers quite yet, they at least have some information to start with.

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      Summer Annuals, the Nutritious Pasture Refresh Button

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      By   1 month ago

      We got a question from a reader about renovating pasture. So we asked one of our On Pasture authors to share some thoughts.

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      Spring “To Do” List for Grass Managers

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      By   1 month ago

      As winter loosens its surly grip and dreams of spring abound, it’s a good time to remind yourself how important it is to actively managing your grass and forage resources. There is no secret formula and only one rule: Think grass first. If you ask yourself “what’s best in the long term for my forage […]

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      Growing Warm Season Annuals for Lambs

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      By   2 months ago

      While Sarah focuses on forage for lambs, these are good planting and growing tips that work no matter your livestock.

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        Egg Production: What You Need to Do and Charge to Make It Pay

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        By   1 day ago

        I adore eggs, the way they look with their different shades of white, off-white, tan, brown, green, and blue, their smooth shell, their sensual shape. I love to eat eggs, the quick and easy package of calories, protein, and nutrients they provide and the myriad of ways they can be cooked. In fact, I just […]

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        Weaning Calves on Pasture

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        By   1 week ago

        While you’re months from doing this at your place, here are some tips for you to think about so you’re ready when the time comes.

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        Dealing with Coccidiosis in Sheep, Goats, and Calves

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        By   2 weeks ago

        One of the pleasures of spring is watching young animals at play. Healthy, vigorous young lambs, kids, and calves race and spring into the air. But suppose that instead of this scene, you walk out and find that your young animals look empty and lethargic, their coats are rough, and they have diarrhea. What is […]

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        Livestock Guardians Protect the Flock

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Some great tips for working with guardian animals along with additional resources where you can learn more, or even call a person for help!

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        Making a Livestock Farm Work

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Got some chores to do and need something to listen to while you’re at it? Here’s a great podcast about raising and direct marketing chickens, pigs, sheep and cows, all on leased land!

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        How and When to Shear a Sheep

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        By   1 month ago

        As it gets harder and harder to find someone to shear your sheep, you might consider doing it yourself. If you’re new to the idea, here are a couple of videos from Pennsylvania State University Extension to get you started. In this first video, Michael Fournier introduces you to the clippers and how to properly […]

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        How to Raise Chickens Library

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        By   1 month ago

        Here’s a collection of past poultry articles to get you started. Find even more by clicking on “Livestock” in the menu above and choosing “Poultry” from the drop down menu. The Basics Some Thoughts On Keeping Chickens What Chicken Should I Raise? How to Get Your Chickens to Make the Best Use of Pasture Pastured […]

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        Can the Weather Predict Your Calves’ Weaning Weights?

        Using 76 years of data on weather and the growth of Hereford calves in Miles City, Montana, ARS scientists concluded that a general increase in temperature could result in decreased growth weight of suckling calves. Photo by Vicki Leesburg (D3189-1)

        By   1 month ago

        Editors’ Note: This article was drawn from a piece by Ann Perry of the USDA-ARS. The article was published in the July 2014 Issue of their Agriculture Research magazine. The research is part of Pasture, Forage and Rangeland Systems (#215) and Climate Change, Soils and Emissions (#212), two ARS national programs. For decades, Agricultural Research […]

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          Identify Your Pasture Grasses

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          Knowing what you’ve got growing in your pasture can help you make decisions about what to plant and how to manage.

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          Time to Apply for Your Value Added Producer Grant!

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          By   1 week ago

          Do you have a commodity that you raise or grow that you are turning into a value added product and need to expand your market or customer base and do not have the resources to do so? Or do you have a value added product, that you could use assistance in the processing activities? If […]

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          Getting Stuff for (Almost) Free With Non-Traditional Farm Business Ideas – Part 2

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          By   2 weeks ago

          Here’s Part 2 of Meg’s series on non-traditional ways to make a farming/ranching operation successful. Today, she’s talking about (almost) free land.

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          Getting Stuff for (Almost) Free With Non-Traditional Farm Business Ideas

          Meg runs Rhinestone Cattle Company. Her goal is to revitalize the northeast’s beef industry by using and teaching the principles of natural, low-input management. Beef production can be very lucrative in this region, but only if we challenge old paradigms and try new methods. I believe that grassfed beef and dairy products are the healthiest to eat and the most sustainable to raise. RCC aims to make 100% grassfed beef available and affordable for consumers, and profitable for those who produce it.

          By   3 weeks ago

          Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different, better result is the definition of insanity, right? That’s why, in looking at ways to get started farming and help current producers be more profitable, Meg started thinking outside the box. Here are some non-traditional solutions you’ll really like!

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          NDGLC Mentoring Program Helps Ranchers Make Big Improvements

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Joshua Dukart, Executive Director of the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, and Kenneth Miller, rancher and former NDGLC chair, share how their community of ranchers is working together to help everyone be successful.

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          Cattle 529 Plan for Funding College

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          By   1 month ago

          Doug started planning for his daughter’s future back in 2012 with this unique savings plan. He takes you through the process so that you can do it too.

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          How to Hire Potential Winners

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          By   1 month ago

          Ken Blanchard (no relation) says that there are three basic approaches that you can take when hiring employees: Hire a winner. Hire a potential winner. Prayer. Hiring winners is unlikely – even the pros don’t succeed consistently. And there just aren’t that many winners out there. (Check out the link – you’ll be amazed!) Prayer […]

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          Free Grazing Charts Help You Do Your Job AND Get a Life

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          By   2 months ago

          Every year since On Pasture started, I’ve shared the new grazing charts for the year along with information about how they’ve made me a more successful grazier. They’ve helped me extend my grazing season, take better care of my forage, improve my soils and they’ve even improved my life by helping me make time for […]

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            Quick Pasture Improvements From Managed Grazing

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            By   1 day ago

            Sometimes we just need a little evidence that something works in order to make a change in our grazing management. It’s even better when we get quick results, right? Here’s what Jim saw in Nebraska after just a year.

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            The Mystery of Asparagus Pee

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            By   1 week ago

            I have a love hate relationship with asparagus. I love the taste, and I hate the side effects. Turns out that scientists have been exploring the “pee-culiar” smell of asparagus pee since the 1700s. And now, thanks to experiments that include smelling pee after eating different foods, AND a special sniffer machine, we’re a little […]

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            U.S. Hippo Ranches and Lake Cow Bacon

            Hippo ranch illustration by Mark Summers.

            By   2 weeks ago

            But for a vote that never happened back in 1910, today, farmers in Louisiana might be raising hippos, while giraffes and white rhinoceroses would be roaming the southwest. And Americans would be eating them too!

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            The Answer to “Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?”

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            By   3 weeks ago

            The next time someone asks you, you’ll have the answer. But if you want to explain it, you might just want to show them this video. It’s a little complicated. 🙂 Here’s the link for our tablet readers too.

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            Are You Smarter Than a Cow?

            Should we be looking down on cows? Perhaps it’s time we all see eye to eye.

            By   4 weeks ago

            Test yourself with this Free-Range IQ Test. My cows know the answers to the following questions.  Do you? #1)  When grazing a field, should it be left ragged, messy and trampled, or grazed evenly, like a freshly mowed lawn? #2)  What’s the number one thing to watch out for when entering a fresh pasture? #3)  […]

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            This Computer Will Grow Your Food

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            By   1 month ago

            Caleb Harper, director of CitiFARM at the MIT Media Lab, is and engineer. But he’s also a farmer, and he’s working at turning his fellow mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers, architects, urbanists, economists and plant scientists into farmers too. Together they are exploring new ways to grow food that is delicious and nutrient dense. The […]

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            How Do You Benefit Others? Like This…

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            By   1 month ago

            The summer of 2013 I was in a room of about 40 cattle producers from all over the US, with all kinds of different back grounds and strengths.  I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a more diverse group.  One question that was presented to us was “How does your ranch benefit others?” Right […]

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            Mapping How Much Daylight You Get With Daylight Savings Time

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            By   2 months ago

            Would you like daylight savings more if you knew how many extra hours of daylight it was helping you take advantage of? Here are some interactive maps to figure that out.

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              How to Confuse a Vegan

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              I have nothing against Vegans. But I do love presenting food in interesting ways!

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              We Found the Needle in the Haystack!

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              Finding it was easier than we thought it would be.  

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              Pig Super Power

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              By   1 week ago

              If I could do this, I might not tell anyone.

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              Fence Repair Farmer Style

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              By   2 weeks ago

              I had a fence like this at one of my goat research facilities. When we were done with the project, my assistant and I were supposed to take down the fence so that we could use a skidster to haul away mud and manure.  I untied one spot on the fence and all three sides […]

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              New Candidate Enters the Presidential Race

              Rick Astley for President

              By   3 weeks ago

              He’s running on the “Sing Along to Get Along” platform. And in case you want to do a little singing along, here you go. You’re welcome. 🙂

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              Proper Care of Machinery Prevents Problems

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              By   4 weeks ago

              Watering your machinery before taking it to the field will prevent these kinds of problems.  

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              Farmer Selfie Stick

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              By   1 month ago

                Farmers and ranchers can figure out how to do almost anything with just what they have on hand!

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              Make Calving Easier

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              By   1 month ago

              We haven’t heard how this worked out. But at least he gave it a try.  

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