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How On Pasture Was Born

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By   7 days ago

On Pasture was just a twinkle in Kathy’s eye about four years ago when she was at a grazing conference in New York. She gathered her fellow presenters and they spent an afternoon discussing a problem they’d noticed: While scientists were gathering and presenting information that should benefit farmers and ranchers, the farmers and ranchers […]

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Meet Kathy Voth, One of Your On Pasture Editors

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By   2 weeks ago

We thought you might like to know a little more about how On Pasture gets to you every Tuesday. So here you go…

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How The Lion King Makes Us Bigger

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By   3 weeks ago

This past weekend was the fifth grade play, and we have a fifth grader in the On Pasture family. Almost the entire grade is part of the play, with only a few kids not signing up. When play tryouts came around, our fifth grader decided to be part of the crew. He helped build sets and […]

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Is On Pasture Important to You? Show Us!

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By   4 weeks ago

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 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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    Deseret Land and Livestock Manages for Wildlife AND Cattle

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    By   7 days ago

    As you might guess from its name, Deseret Land and Livestock isn’t just about raising cattle. Though they do run a lot of cattle on their 200,000 acres in the northeast corner of Utah. But they manage the grazing of the 4,500 mother cows and 4,000 yearlings so that they also constantly improve the land […]

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    How to Set Up Good Stock Tanks

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    By   2 weeks ago

    I’ve learned these do’s and don’ts of stock tank installations over the course of my life and am sharing them so you can learn from my experience. The main ‘do’ is to create a pad on which to place your tank. This provides a flat place for the cattle to stand and they don’t move […]

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    Dances With Grass – Managing Your Grazing to Match Your Forage

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Reading this piece from Victor, I realized that what he was describing was just like following your partner when you’re dancing together. When your partner speeds up, so do you and when your partner slows, you better too. Here are some tips to avoid stepping on your forage’s toes.

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    My Experience With Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing

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    By   4 weeks 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 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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      Grazing for Biodiversity

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      By   7 days ago

      Biodiversity in your pastures provides many benefits to pasture productivity, soil health, animal performance, and wildlife habitat. The table below shows typical composition of our home pastures on our old Missouri farm. There were many other less plentiful species present that are not listed. Nine different plant functional groups are represented in these pastures with […]

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      Researcher Looking to the Future of Legumes and Nitrogen-Fixing

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      By   2 weeks ago

      Nitrogen fertilizer costs are going up, and will continue to rise. Dr. Judy Grossman of North Carolina State University is concerned about the impact that will have on our future, so she’s doing the research now to help us better understand how legumes and microbes work together to fix nitrogen in the soil.  Her goal […]

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      Is It Too Late to Plant?

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      By   3 weeks ago

      Maybe you wanted to plant, but time got away from you. Here’s how to tell if you still have a shot at planting, or if you need to wait for the next planting window.

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      Bring in the Bees: Farmscaping With Pollinator Mixes

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      By   4 weeks 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 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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        From Grass to Milk – The Whys and Hows of Grassfed Dairy in One Graphic

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        By   7 days ago

        How can you fit all that about grassfed milk in one picture? Well, it’s a really big graphic… From our friends at Maple Hill Creamery, here’s the story of grass-based dairy starting with the parts of the grasses that make their milk possible, to the grazing system that grows the grass and feeds the cows, […]

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        Choose a Calving Date That Grows Good Calves With Low Inputs

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Thanks to Chip for sharing this excerpt from his new book “Cow Country Essays and a Little Slantwise Logic!” Time of calving has to be the first thing considered when moving from a high input operation to a management oriented low input method of raising cattle. So many things are connected to this timing that […]

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        Selecting Rams for Rangeland Production

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        By   3 weeks ago

        Editors Note: This article was written by Sandra Avant and was published in the August 2013 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. In western states, where almost half of U.S. sheep are produced, the Suffolk ram is commonly used as the “terminal sire” – an animal with the best genetics to sire lambs for meat production. […]

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

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        By   4 weeks 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 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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 the Sand Ranch Got Its Groove Back

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          By   7 days ago

          In just a four short years, the Sands went from $20,000 in carryover farm debt to owing nothing. The added bonus? They had more time to spend with family AND they started having fun again. This is the first in a series about the changes they made and what they learned along the way. We hope it inspires you!

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          Movable Shade to Go With Your Movable Fencing and Water

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          By   2 weeks ago

          Shade can solve a lot of problems. It can improve livestock grazing and production. Cattle without shade gain less weight and produce less milk than their cool counterparts. Fertility rates drop too. Shade also impacts productivity by changing where animals deposit manure, and how much of your pasture gets grazed. But getting shade where you […]

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          Considering Crowd Funding? Here’s a Successful Grass-fed Example

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          By   3 weeks ago

          After his first taste of 100% grass fed beef, Mike Salguero was hooked. He preferred the taste and was thrilled to learn about the health advantages that came with it. “Why doesn’t EVERYONE eat this?” he wondered. The answer was that not everyone has access to grass fed beef, pork or poultry. Mike figured he […]

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          Identify Your Pasture Grasses

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          By   4 weeks ago

          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 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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            A Climate Change Picture Worth Thousands of Words

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            By   7 days ago

            It’s challenging for scientists to try to explain the results of their work to the rest of us. There’s a language barrier made up of technical terms, and specialized vocabulary. Overcoming that challenge is one of the reasons On Pasture exists. We’re breaking the language barrier by translating science into information and steps that you […]

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            Can Plants Talk to Each Other?

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            By   2 weeks ago

            Communication doesn’t require sound. Humans and livestock communicate silently all the time. Just think of a teenager rolling his/her eyes at you, or a bull turning sideways, dropping his head and pawing the ground.  It turns out that plants can communicate without sound too, but they don’t use body-language, they use chemical signals. Next time […]

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            When is the Best Time of Day to Move Animals?

            Cattle will generally consume at least 60% of their total daily forage intake from roughly a half-hour before sunrise to 2-3 hours after sunrise.

            By   3 weeks ago

            A common question we hear at pasture walks or grazing seminars is when is the best time of day to move cattle to the next paddock. There are some who advocate moving in the afternoon based on the fact that energy content of forages peaks in mid-afternoon corresponding with peak photosynthesis. But, since cattle will […]

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            Quick Pasture Improvements From Managed Grazing

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            By   4 weeks 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 month 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

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            By   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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              How to Make a Clarinet From a Carrot

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              By   7 days ago

              Now you too can be a musician without spending lots of money on an expensive instrument. Just make your own from a carrot! Linsey Pollak shows you how to do it in about 3 minutes and finishes with a short song. It sounds AMAZING!

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              What is Mightier Than the Swordfish?

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Here’s what the swordfish worries about:

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              How to Confuse a Vegan

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              By   3 weeks ago

              We have nothing against Vegans. But we do love presenting food in interesting ways. Maybe this would even appeal to those who hate this vegetable.

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              We Found the Needle in the Haystack!

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              By   4 weeks ago

              Finding it was easier than we thought it would be.  

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              Pig Super Power

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              By   1 month ago

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

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              Fence Repair Farmer Style

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              By   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months ago

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

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