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Gift Giving Hacks

By   5 days ago

If you’re still wondering what you might give that farmer or rancher who has everything, here’s an On Pasture suggestion that kind of goes with this life hack: Give the Gift of Knowledge. 🙂 It’s easier than you might think. Conferences and Workshops! You can start by heading over to the On Pasture Events Calendar […]

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving – For the Person Who Has Everything

By   2 weeks ago

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly”…but sometimes when you’re trying to figure out just the right gift to give someone, jolly can be hard to come by. And then there’s the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday flood of ads and all the traffic and the search for parking spots, and figuring out how […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

By   3 weeks ago

For all of our international readers, this Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S. It’s a celebration of the harvest, and a time to count our blessings and thank everyone who contributed to all the good things in our lives. It’s celebrated with a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob […]

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Farewell Allan Nation

By   4 weeks ago

The grazing world suffered a great loss when Allan Nation, owner and editor of the Stockman Grass Farmer passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2016 at the age of 69. His wife, Carolyn, says that he was in Wimberly, Texas doing one of the things he loved best, riding live steam trains. The Stockman Grass […]

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We Met Our Match!

By   1 month ago

Wow! Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help us meet the match we need to unlock this year’s Conservation Innovation Grant! We’d also like to give a special shout out to one reader who’d like to remain anonymous. He brought an end to this year’s fundraising with an especially generous donation. He’s been reading […]

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We Have $4,903.54 Left to Make Our Match

By   1 month ago

The other day, one of our readers emptied his PayPal account to send us what he could to make the match we need in order to get the grant that keeps On Pasture publishing for another three years. He’s a new rancher, and the $1.46 he had left in his account was everything he had […]

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Only $5,824 to Go to Match Our Grant! Please Help!

By   2 months ago

On Pasture got a three year Conservation Innovation Grant. Woo Hoo! That means another 1,050 articles will be coming your way. BUT, like we mentioned last week, there is a fly in that ointment. The grant requires a 50% match. To make that match we put up our existing library of 1,254 articles along with […]

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We Got a Grant – But It Doesn’t Work Unless You Send Your Support

By   2 months ago

We need to raise $15,000 from On Pasture readers and sponsors to make our grant come true!

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    Grazing Management View All →

    Is Swath Grazing for You?

    By   5 days ago

    You may not be swath grazing this year, but as you feed your livestock this winter, consider if this is something to try next year.

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    Swath Grazing: Extending the grazing season

    By   2 weeks ago

    Producers are always looking to cut costs in livestock operations because of marginal profit opportunities in commodity based markets. One proposed way to cut fall/winter feeding costs is to extend the grazing season and allow the livestock to harvest the resource instead of relying on mechanical harvest. This will reduce the labor required to cut, […]

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    Tennessee Farmer Creates Top-Notch Turkey Habitat While Improving Grazing Lands

    By   3 weeks ago

    When it comes to understanding and improving turkey habitat restoration, there are few more knowledgeable than farmer Chuck Borum in Pulaski, Tennessee. Borum bought a few hundred acres a decade ago with the intent of raising cattle, but with time, he saw how he could also establish top-notch turkey habitat. “Initially, we only had a […]

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    Bale Grazing Dos and Don’ts

    By   4 weeks ago

    If you’re going to be feeding your livestock this winter, bale grazing could be right for you. It can save you time and money and even improve your pastures. Here are some tips from the Manitoba Grazing Council to help you get started and make it work for you. How Many Bales Should You Put […]

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    Tips As You Prep for Winter Grazing and Feeding

    By   1 month ago

    It is the time of year to be thinking about winter or at least preparing for it. So what should we be thinking about? We’ve discussed some of these before, but friendly reminders are never bad. Balance Livestock with Forage It is a good idea to evaluate and balance grazing livestock with available feed. To […]

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    Drones for Grazing Management

    By   1 month ago

    Herd your animals, check fences and water with a lot fewer steps or time in the pickup. That’s how drones could reduce inputs on your place. Plus your kids will love them!

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    Which Feed Is A Better Value?

    By   2 months ago

    We put together a feed cost comparison calculator for you!

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    Stockpiling is Good For Encouraging Legumes in Your Pastures

    By   2 months ago

    Stockpiling pastures for winter grazing is a great way to allow legumes to naturally reseed in your pastures. Most of the commonly used legumes such as red, alsike, or strawberry clover and birdsfoot trefoil will produce enough seed for stand rejuvenation with 60-75 days of recovery time. Some native legumes will take longer. Most of […]

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      Grazing Stockpiled Pasture How-Tos

      By   5 days ago

      Victor lives in Indiana where conditions are now perfect for grazing stockpiled pasture. No matter where you are, here are great tips for making the most of what you’ve got. When to Start If possible and practical, it is best to not start grazing stockpiled forage until it goes dormant. Until it goes dormant, every […]

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      Conservation Reserve Program For Grasslands – Application Deadline 12/16/2016

      By   2 weeks ago

      The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was recently expanded to include Grasslands. It’s an effort to help landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland and pastureland while while still using them for grazing. Participants receive annual payments  of not more than 75% of the value of the land and cost-share assistance for contracts lasting between 14 […]

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      Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

      By   2 weeks ago

      I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

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      Tighty Whities Can Tell You About Your Soil Health

      By   3 weeks ago

      This is a fun experiment you can try with your own pastures and fields. It comes to us from Anthony Bly and Sara Berg of South Dakota State University Extension. Just remember that different areas will have different kinds of soils and you may get different results. Soil microorganisms require carbon to survive. Men’s cotton […]

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      BMR: How a Gene Mutation Became a Breakthrough in Digestibility

      By   4 weeks ago

      Over the course of the past decade, Brown Midrib, or BMR forages have become widely familiar as the elite of summer annual forages. The “cream of the crop,” these corn hybrids, sorghums, and pearl millets are distinguished by a genetic makeup that reduces their lignin content and can be visually evident as a light to […]

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      Optimizing Oats for Use as Dairy Forage

      By   1 month ago

      This piece comes to us from the ARS’s Dennis O’Brien and the AgResearch magazine. Wisconsin dairy producers are increasingly adopting a practice that makes economic and environmental sense: raising oats in the fall as forage for their cattle. Dairy producers plant the oats in early to mid-August and either allow them to be grazed through […]

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      Forty Plus Years of No-Till and Cover Crop Success

      By   1 month ago

      Think no-till is a new deal? Well not to Jimmy Standefer. He planted his first no-till cover crop in 1967. It was a failure. It took a couple of years for him to get his Dad to let him try it again. But the second try was a huge success and after that there was […]

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      Transitioning Cropland to Pasture With Cover Crops

      By   2 months ago

      It’s never too early to start thinking about what you’d like your summer grazing to be like. Check out this video showing summer annual cover crops in action.

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        Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process

        By   5 days ago

        This is the first of a series of articles about the transition to grazing for Jonathan and Maryann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison, VT. We will cover the farmers’ decision making process, their goals, the planning process, funding, and implementation, along with successes and challenges faced. We look forward to readers’ comments and shared […]

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        Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

        By   2 weeks ago

        I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

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        Heritage Turkeys – These Breeds Are a Tasty Alternative

        By   3 weeks ago

        Of the 200,000,000 turkeys that are raised annually, only about 25,000 are heritage breeds. The reason for this is economics. The modern hybrid variety (Broad Breasted Bronze or Giant White) grows much more quickly. It is ready for market at 14 to 16 weeks compared to 25 to 30 weeks for a heritage breed. That […]

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        Adding it Up: What Does it Cost to Develop a Bred Heifer?

        By   4 weeks ago

        Written collaboratively by Taylor Grussing, Heather Gessner and Shannon Sand. With all the day to day tasks that need to get done, it is easy to stick to tradition and ignore the fact that what has always been done in the past, may not make “cents” this year. With today’s livestock and crop market prices, […]

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        The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer

        By   1 month ago

        You’ve gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what? It’s great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can’t. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in […]

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        Considering Raising Meat Goats? Here’s What the Market Looks Like

        By   1 month ago

        Thanks to Steve Bryns, Texas A&M Agrilife, for this article. Researchers at Texas A&M just finished a  six-year study proving what many of their West Texas stockmen know; properly managed meat goats are valuable property, no matter how many you have. Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, and Dr. Dan Waldron, Texas A&M […]

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        How Rewards and Punishment Work with Animals

        By   2 months ago

        Want your stock to do something, or NOT do something? Here are the keys for “talking” to them in a way they’ll understand.

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        How We Transitioned to Be A Grain Free Dairy

        By   2 months ago

        We here at Butterworks Farm have long been interested in no grain dairy farming. For the past forty years we have been grain growers as well as hay producers. Cereals (oats, wheat and barley) and row crops like corn and soy have fit neatly into our crop rotation with grasses and legumes. The straw byproduct […]

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          Conservation Easements FAQs

          By   5 days ago

          Conservation easements are a way to protect open lands such as farms and ranches, wildlife habitats, historic and cultural sites, and scenic vistas from development, while keeping them in private ownership. Conservation easements are flexible to meet the needs of the landowner, protect private property rights while providing compensation to landowners, and can be a […]

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          Dairy Grazing Apprenticeships Are Great for Beginning and Established Farmers

          By   2 weeks ago

          For centuries, skilled trades have used apprenticeships to train the next generation and ensure that everyone meets standards that are good for the trade and good for the customers being served. Now Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is using this model to help new farmers entering the world of dairy production, and to support established farmers as […]

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          Veterans Homestead Project Helps Vets Dealing With PTSD

          By   3 weeks ago

          Combat veterans returning from multiple deployments often find themselves withdrawing from civilian life and questioning even the very purpose of being alive. I am a 100% disabled combat veteran with Post Tramatic Stress Disorder having served 5 tours in the Gulf as a USAF Pararescueman (PJ). My partner Edit Aquarian and I found that digging […]

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          Watching Out For the Next Wreck

          By   4 weeks ago

          What kind of wrecks are we setting ourselves up for when we do things the way we always have?

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          Do We Have to Have Feedlots to Raise Enough Beef?

          By   1 month ago

          It’s an interesting question. Jim has some thoughts. What do you think? How would your life change?

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          The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer

          By   1 month ago

          You’ve gone to great effort to raise a nice set of finished lambs and have them processed. Now what? It’s great if you can sell them all as wholes or halves. But maybe you can’t. How do you go about pricing individual cuts for profit? What is the smallest lamb that you should have in […]

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          Changes in Pasture Rental Rates

          By   1 month ago

          David Widmar of Agricultural Economic Insights says that “2016 will be marked as the year cash rental rates began to decline at the national level.” But while that’s true at the national scale, he notes that “it’s important to keep in mind conditions often vary at the state and county levels.” He draws these insights from the […]

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          Who Will Survive Low Cattle Prices? Those With the Lowest Inputs

          By   2 months ago

          The cattle market is in the toilet. The future looks even worse. Calves bring only one-half of what they did a couple years back. Stocker margins are negative, feeders too. The American cattle industry is on its knees, broken and busted. Is this the end? Well maybe, at least for some folks. A better question […]

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            A Coalition of Ranchers Protects Habitat, At-Risk Species, and a Way of Life

            By   5 days ago

            In the high desert of southern Arizona and New Mexico, almost a million acres of important habitats and nearly 30 at-risk species are being protected and conserved by a coalition of ranchers known as the “Malpai Borderlands Group.” They manage from “The Radical Center” a term coined by one of the group’s founders, rancher Bill […]

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            Quivira Coalition Improves Rangelands and Prevents Fist Fights

            By   2 weeks ago

            The first week of November, Rachel and I took On Pasture to the Quivira Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet people and expand On Pasture’s content to better serve our western readers. This great learning opportunity was best summed up by the last speaker, Lesli Allison of the Western Landowners Alliance. Having attended many […]

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            Coming to the Table Creates Beneficial Solutions

            By   3 weeks ago

            According to legend, the first Thanksgiving in North America was celebrated when two very different peoples sat down together to eat and give thanks. The folks in this video are following in that tradition, coming to the table with government agencies and others to create solutions good for wildlife and for the people who make […]

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            It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know (who can save your barn)

            By   4 weeks ago

            Here’s a tip for all of us, and for folks new to agriculture especially. You’ll need the right people to be successful.

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            Could a New Technology Change How We Manage Egg-Layers?

            By   1 month ago

            Being able to sex eggs before they head to the incubator could change all kinds of things!

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            Drones and Peanut Butter to Save an Endangered Species

            By   1 month ago

            Not only can drone technology improve how you manage grazing on your farm or ranch, these little flying robots can also help us solve endangered species problems. In this case, land managers are using drones to deliver peanut butter covered vaccines to prairie dogs as part of an effort to remove the black footed ferret […]

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            A Stupid Idea Turns Good

            By   2 months ago

            Maybe it was stupid to run through a dark basement barefooted. That’s what Shannon’s broken toe tells her. But it leads to something really great. Maybe not such a stupid idea.

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            Cattle Aren’t Climate Change Criminals

            By   2 months ago

            UC Davis’s Dr. Frank Mitloehner looked at the figures on livestock’s contribution to climate change and saw problems. Here’s what he discovered, and the good things it says about U.S. production methods.

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              Gift Suggestions for Farmers and Ranchers That Will Make You Say “REALLY?!”

              By   5 days ago

              We googled “best gifts for farmers and ranchers” because we wanted to be helpful to you. We got these suggestions from a 2013 issue of “Modern Farmer.” You can tell by the prices that these are really top quality items.

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              Decorating With Teasel

              By   2 weeks ago

              Maybe you’ll like this weed better if you make it part of your Holiday celebrations with these crafty solutions. Here it is as a replacement for mistletoe! Spray it green, poke the stems into a styrofoam cone, add ornaments and Ta Da! A Christmas Tree! Here’s a lighted version to give you another happy teasel […]

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              Thanksgiving Day Adjustments

              By   3 weeks ago

              Don’t forget to do this before Turkey Day!

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              Stacking Wood As an Art Form

              By   4 weeks ago

              Tired of going out to the same old wood pile? These folks were, so they did something about it. If these examples inspire you to adjust your own wood pile, we’d love to see pictures! Here’s a tower of fire wood: Go West, young man!   Whoo’s cold?   Wild hog in the woods! There […]

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              What Happens When We Make Plans?

              By   1 month ago

              Grass Whisperer Troy Bishopp found these graphs to be quite true based on his own experiences with planned grazing. Save Save Save

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              Fun With Food

              By   1 month ago

              Yes, Halloween is over. But certainly you can start planning for next year! It’s a recipe AND a decorating How-To!

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              Bad News About Turning 100

              By   2 months ago

              You’ve lived to be 100, only to be disappointed. Save

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              Nature Rx

              By   2 months ago

              Do you find yourself longing for the apocalypse? I did. Here’s the solution: And if you haven’t turned off your computer and headed outdoors, here’s Part 2: Now, really, go outside! 🙂 Well, right after you help us out with the match for the grant. 🙂

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