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Science Says Post-Fire Grazing on Rangelands Is Not Harmful

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Current federal regulations recommending that rangelands be rested from grazing for two seasons after fire are not supported by science. In fact, the research shows that healthy prairie ecosystems require grazing and fire. When tested on the ground, evidence shows that moderate post-fire grazing causes few impacts on northern mixed-grass prairie vegetation. That’s the conclusion […]

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Mirror Reduces Stress and Increases Animal Happiness.

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  ARS, Consider This  /  1 Comment

Even if you’re not raising pigs, you can get something useful from the Agricultural Research Service’s Sandra Avant showing the importance of companionship to reduce stress, even when it’s only an animal’s own reflection.

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Red Clover: Antibiotic Alternative for Cattle

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health  /  4 Comments

USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists discovered an antimicrobial compound in red clover that may help reduce antibiotic use in animals.

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Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  ARS, Consider This, Forage, Pasture Health, USDA  /  Comments Off on Maintaining Sagebrush-Covered Landscapes Keeps Water on the Land for Ranchers and Wildlife

Thanks to  Justin Fritscher, Natural Resources Conservation Service, for bringing us this summary of research benefiting ranchers and wildlife. Removing invading conifer trees improves the health of sagebrush ecosystems, providing better habitat for wildlife and better forage for livestock. And now, new science shows these efforts may also help improve late-season water availability, which is […]

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Surprising News About Deep Soil Carbon

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  ARS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  4 Comments

The more we know about soil carbon, the better we can make it work for us. Here’s some great information to help us from the Agriculture Research Service.

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