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NRCS Helps New Iowa Farmer Develop His Grazing System

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Grazing Management, USDA, Water, Water quality  /  Comments Off on NRCS Helps New Iowa Farmer Develop His Grazing System

When Iowa livestock producer Ryan Collins bought his 170-acre farm near Harpers Ferry, he knew from experience with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that the agency could help him plan a rotational grazing system. But he didn’t realize he’d get so much more assistance than that. When he first contacted NRCS for assistance, Collins […]

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Water Makes Grass Grow!

By   /  September 5, 2016  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  3 Comments

That is a theme I frequently use in my grazing management presentations around the country. I often say I have learned more about grazing management by working the last dozen years in the extremes of irrigated and desert environments of Idaho than I did in 23 years of the high natural rainfall environment of Missouri. […]

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Solutions for Watering From Ponds

By   /  June 27, 2016  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  1 Comment

We all know that there are significant downsides to cattle watering from ponds. When they poop in ponds there’s the algae and weed growth that ruins water quality. Loafing around ponds can lead to diseases like letospirosis and coccidiosis, or to foot rot. But sometimes ponds are our only viable water source. So what can […]

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These Simple Steps Can Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Quality and Your Bottom Line

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on These Simple Steps Can Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Quality and Your Bottom Line

Sean Kelly, extension range management specialist at South Dakota State University Extension, believes that livestock grazing distribution is something we should all work on because it maximizes how much forage your livestock eat, improves range health and, ultimately, adds up to more profit per acre. “Poor grazing distribution throughout a pasture is like feed waste […]

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Portable Solar Water Pump for Watering Livestock

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Portable Solar Water Pump for Watering Livestock

This video comes to us from the Full Belly Project and shows a mobile solar pump system to take advantage of small streams and other water sources to provide watering for livestock in small pastures.  It includes a solar panel on what looks like a 2-wheeled cart, some piping and a pump. A team of […]

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