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Grazing Crop Residue Doesn’t Cause Compaction

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

This story comes to us from Will Cushman at the Soil Science Society of America. Thanks, Will! It makes sense that a 1,200 pound Angus cow would place quite a lot of pressure on the ground on which it walks. But a new Nebraska study shows that even these heavy beasts can’t do much to […]

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Treating Parasites in Small Ruminants

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  4 Comments

It turns out, treating every animal in the herd 2 or more times a year, as many of us were taught, creates more problems than it solves. Here’s what we should do instead.

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The Right Growing Environment Makes All the Difference

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

My effort to grow popcorn this year in Tucson, Arizona has reinforced an important lesson about the importance of the right growing environment. The corn in these two pots was planted on the same day, and have gotten the same amount of water. But the corn on the right was planted in brand new potting […]

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Pasture Rental Rates by County in the United States

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Leasing Pasture, Money Matters  /  1 Comment

“Pasture lease rates” is one of the searches we see most often at On Pasture. We’ve published a lot of articles on how to determine rental rates and how to write up a lease agreement, etc. (just click to see them) but I’m guessing that many of you would still like to see a number […]

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What Do Cows Eat, and Why?

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

On its face, this seems like a silly question. Don’t we all know what cows eat?! So when Fred Provenza, as a new professor at Utah State University, chose this question for his research focus, there were some raised eyebrows. Three decades of research later, it turns out that Dr. Provenza’s research was ground-breaking, giving […]

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