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How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  3 Comments

On Pasture recently received the following inquiry from a reader: With Bud Williams’ methods, is it possible to load cattle into a trailer in a pasture with no chute? If so, could you write an article on how this could be done? We had to load cattle onto a trailer recently since they escaped. We […]

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Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

This is the first of a series of articles about the transition to grazing for Jonathan and Maryann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison, VT. We will cover the farmers’ decision making process, their goals, the planning process, funding, and implementation, along with successes and challenges faced. We look forward to readers’ comments and shared […]

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Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Forage, Livestock, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

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Heritage Turkeys – These Breeds Are a Tasty Alternative

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  2 Comments

Of the 200,000,000 turkeys that are raised annually, only about 25,000 are heritage breeds. The reason for this is economics. The modern hybrid variety (Broad Breasted Bronze or Giant White) grows much more quickly. It is ready for market at 14 to 16 weeks compared to 25 to 30 weeks for a heritage breed. That […]

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Adding it Up: What Does it Cost to Develop a Bred Heifer?

By   /  November 14, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Written collaboratively by Taylor Grussing, Heather Gessner and Shannon Sand. With all the day to day tasks that need to get done, it is easy to stick to tradition and ignore the fact that what has always been done in the past, may not make “cents” this year. With today’s livestock and crop market prices, […]

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