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How to Drive Livestock Using Low-Stress Handling Techniques

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  No Comments

Driving is one of the most common interactions we have with our livestock. Here’s how to make that less stressful for everyone involved.

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Using Your Cattle To Control Blackberry Bushes and Other Plants You Love to Hate

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Forage, Livestock, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

In this video, Jason Crisman of JC’s Organic Farm shares a surprising development in his herd. They’re eating blackberry bushes with gusto! He attributes their new foraging to his rotational grazing, fencing them into smaller paddocks so that they become less selective graziers. Like us, cows are creatures of habit and they eat what they’ve […]

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Looking for Heritage Hogs? Buyer Beware!

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  Livestock, Pigs  /  No Comments

This article by Alison Martin and Jeannette Beranger offers advice on making the right choices when buying heritage or traditional breed hogs

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The Importance of Tail Docking Lambs

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Livestock, Sheep  /  2 Comments

Ever had a rotten tooth pulled? I have, and it smarts a bit. But would I rather that tooth was still there, or that it abscessed and dumped toxins into my bloodstream? Not really. And that’s essentially the case in favor of docking most lambs’ tails shortly after birth. “But Bill!” you protest. “A lamb’s […]

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Are the Cows Ready to Breed?

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Are the Cows Ready to Breed?

Assuming a 283-day gestation, if the cow that calved on April 1 wants to maintain her position as the first cow to calve on April 1, she only has 82 days to recoup from calving, start lactating and be cycling the day the bulls arrive in the pasture. And so the question of the day: […]

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