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How to Guide and Turn Cattle When Driving Them

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Here’s another step in Whit Hibbard’s series on good stockmanship using techniques developed by Bud Williams. You can see all the parts in the series here. For this article, you’ll especially want to refresh your memory by looking at “The Moves You Need to Know for Low-Stress Livestock Handling,” “Low-Stress Livestock Handling Dance Steps,” and […]

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Cow Poop Analyzer App Estimates Forage Quality

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

You can use your Smartphone and a pile of poop to figure out your forage quality! With the “Cow Poop Analyzer” app, you take a picture of a manure pile, and then compare your picture to file photos. Each file photo comes with an estimate for the crude protein and digestibility you can expect from […]

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Skinny Cows Make Fatter Calves

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  6 Comments

Ground breaking research shows, the feeding recommendations we’ve used to ensure pregnancy are propping up inefficient cows AND skinnier cows make more resilient calves that gain better on pasture.

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Can I wean 90-day-old calves that weigh 300 pounds?

By   /  July 10, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

The answer is yes. Dry weather has made this – and variations – the question of the day. In an ideal world, mother and calf should enjoy green pastures from birth until weaning at about 7 months of age. The typical weaning age is 192 days for producers in the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance System […]

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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  /  Comments Off on Using Your Cattle To Control Blackberry Bushes and Other Plants You Love to Hate

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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