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Even Ruminants Don’t Like to Eat the Same Thing Over and Over Again

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Even Ruminants Don’t Like to Eat the Same Thing Over and Over Again

Kathy’s Note: You know the feeling – eating the same thing over and over again just gets old. In fact, I remember when I was living in Kodiak, Alaska I got so tired of eating Halibut every night, that no matter what new way I figured to fix it, some nights I just didn’t want […]

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Oregon Rancher Teaches Cows to Eat Sagebrush

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on Oregon Rancher Teaches Cows to Eat Sagebrush

Two weeks ago, Beth wrote about results of studies done by her colleagues at Utah State University on using cattle to graze sagebrush to increase biodiversity on rangelands. This week she shares a story of a rancher who took that information to heart, decided to teach his cows to be sagebrush eaters, and has never […]

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Grazing Sagebrush to Save It

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

It’s a problem all over the West: old stands of sagebrush, poor in biodiversity due to lack of disturbance. The increase in sagebrush density over the past century is generally attributed to: 1) reduced numbers of mixed feeders and browsers such as deer, antelope, goats and sheep, 2) increased numbers of cattle and elk, 3) […]

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An Animal’s Early Experience Outside Can Change Its Body Inside

By   /  August 1, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

The animals you’ve got could behave and eat differently and even have different internal adaptations if you give them different experiences when they’re young.

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Behavior Depends on Consequences

By   /  June 20, 2016  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Behavior Depends on Consequences

Want a better behaved dog, or children, or livestock? This one’s for you!

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