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Breeding Goes Viral

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  2 Comments

Here’s what happens when you share. It’s a good thing!

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The weekly Scoop is our opportunity to tell you a little more about what goes on behind the scenes at On Pasture; you know, “the inside scoop.”  So this week we want to share something interesting that makes us ask the questions “What is it that our readers really want,” and “How do we do this again?”

This is Conrad Warren of Grant-Kohrs Ranch (now a National Historic Site). He's showing off the Hereford bull he bought for the most money ever spent at the time.  Yes, some people at that time really were purposely breeding herefords to look more like tall pigs.  It didn't turn out well for them.

This is Conrad Warren of Grant-Kohrs Ranch (now a National Historic Site). He’s showing off the Hereford bull he bought for the most money ever spent at the time. Yes, some people at that time really were purposely breeding herefords to look more like tall pigs. It didn’t turn out well for them.

Morgan Hartman’s latest article “Breeding Matters III – Inbreeding vs. Line Breeding” went viral, or at least viral by On Pasture standards. When we posted it on Tuesday, along with the other 6 articles for the week, things were pretty normal.  Then, on Tuesday, lots and lots of people started reading it and that continued on through the rest of the week. That one post got five times the views an article typically gets in one week

Where did all these readers come from? Facebook.  Now, even if you’ve liked On Pasture on Facebook, you may not always be seeing our daily post on your news feed.  That’s because Facebook only shares our post with a small percentage of the folks who like our page.  If you “like” or  comment on On Pasture posts, you’ll see them in your news feed.  If you don’t, you won’t.  BUT, when folks start sharing a post, things get interesting.  And that’s what happened with the Facebook post we put up about Morgan’s Inbreeding vs. Linebreeding article.

Why are we telling you this?  Well, first we’re asking, “Do people really want to know a lot about breeding?”  If that’s what you’re telling us, dang, we can do that! We’re here simply because we want to give you the information you need to be successful.  So tell us what you want.

Here's a picture of the share button and the box that comes up when you click on it.

Here’s a picture of the share button and the box that comes up when you click on it.

Second, we thought you’d like to know that sharing is one of the easiest ways you can support On Pasture.  If you like an article and want folks to know about it and On Pasture, click that little share button at the beginning of the article.  Then you can click on the envelope to mail it to a friend.  You can click on the “f” for Facebook to post it on your page, or use any of the other social media links that appear there.  (There are several, and we don’t know what they all are, even though we probably should.)

Thanks so much for reading, for sharing, and for being part of our community!

Kathy and Rachel

 

 

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

2 Comments

  1. Edmund Brown says:

    I shared that article with some pig producer people because it pertains to so much of animal agriculture. I saw one or two of them forward it along to their lists too…

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