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Are We There Yet? How Much Further? – A Progress Report from the Field of Grazing

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Consider This  /  2 Comments

I sometimes worry that I might be living in an echo chamber. I constantly talk to people who are interested in grazing and soils and ranching. My mailbox is filled with magazines about modern grazing theory and progressive ranching. I have to set an egg timer each morning to make myself quit reading on-line articles […]

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Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

“Boy, those cows could surely use some more milk.” How often have we all heard that old line? Truth be told, we’ve spent the past fifty years breeding more and more milk genetics into America’s s beef herd, and the results have been stupendous, or maybe stupid, depending on where you stand. There are some […]

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 2: The Case for Middle of the Run Gates

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  11 Comments

Changing infrastructure, and changing our minds about how we move cattle is key to middle-of-the-run gates. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll find it easier.

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 1

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Behavior, Fencing, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Here are some thoughts on paddock and gate set up that consider animal behavior and how we work with our livestock. Hint – those gates don’t belong in the corner.

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What Size Cow Is Right for Grass-Finishing?

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  3 Comments

One of our On Pasture readers sent us this question: I would like to know what size I should be buying cows in order to grass finish before slaughter. I know grass fed beef is different than grain fed beef. Can you help? Since John Marble frequents sale barns for some of the stock on […]

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