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Don’t Forget to Nurture Yourself, Ranch Women

By   /  April 17, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Don’t Forget to Nurture Yourself, Ranch Women

When Julie told her parents she was marrying a cowboy and leaving the city for ranch life, they were worried. Decades later, Morris Grassfed Beef is a leader in the industry and Julie is still loving the life she chose. Here’s the story of how it all worked out.

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Blaming Our Troubles on the Market

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Consider This  /  6 Comments

If you want to experience the unhappiness radiating throughout the ranching business, there is no better place to visit than your local auction yard. The sellers come drifting in, some wearing a stoic grimace, most bringing the face of defeat. There is some mumbling and grinding of teeth. The professional buyers know enough to keep […]

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Autumn Olive Recipes

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

This week Greg Judy tells us all about Autumn Olive management and how he’s learned to use it as a tool for improving the soils in his pastures and as a forage for his livestock. He also mentions that it provides a pretty tasty forage crop. A side benefit of eating the berries is that […]

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Thriving On Trust

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Thriving On Trust

This CommonGround* video, “Thriving on Trust” — features Colorado rancher and CommonGround volunteer Kelsey Pope, along with her mother, Cindy Frasier.  It offers an inside look at the trust that is built between a farmer or rancher and their livestock.  the interdependent relationship that ranchers have with their herd.  As Kelsey puts it, “The 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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