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What is “Back-Grazing” and Should You Do It?

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

A common question for graziers is what does ‘back-grazing’ mean. Then their next question becomes for how long is back-grazing acceptable? Back-grazing means letting livestock go back across areas that have been previously grazed, usually to access a fixed water point. What we are trying to avoid is allowing animals to bite off regrowth occurring […]

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How To Anchor Temporary Fences

By   /  April 11, 2016  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on How To Anchor Temporary Fences

Editors’ Note: Awhile back Jim wrote an article on why he prefers managing his cattle with electric fencing. One of his reasons was that it just makes him happy. And maybe he’s happy because he uses good equipment and he’s figured out how to make the best use of it. So here’s some suggestions he […]

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Why Bother With Fences and Management-intensive Grazing?

By   /  February 29, 2016  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  6 Comments

Fencing is a big part of Management-intensive grazing. And that’s one of the reasons many of us avoid it. But here Jim explains why it really isn’t that bad, and could make you happier too.

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How Long Does It Take to Feed 400 Cows in the Winter?

By   /  January 11, 2016  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

Using a well designed grazing cell & the right portable fence tools, I can generally feed the herd in about 25-30 minutes even with the ground frozen. No expensive machinery, No diesel fuel, No engines to start. Here I am with 400-some cows looking for breakfast on a beautiful crisp winter morning in the Pahsimeroi. […]

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Fencing How-Tos and Tips

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

When I started using electric fence back in 1997, I knew so little that I wasn’t even sure which questions to ask. I remember spending a lot of timeĀ on the phone with a Kencove salesmanĀ asking questions, not understanding his answers, ordering things anyway just to see if looking at them would help me make sense […]

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