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Breeding Matters Part IV: Culling for Fertility

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  4 Comments

You can breed however you’d like. To be truly successful, breed for fertility, and breed for your farm. Morgan delves deeper into how.

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Line Breeding is Good For Profit

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Bison, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  2 Comments

A couple months ago I wrote an article for On Pasture called Breeding Matters. I briefly alluded to Line Breeding as a method of getting greater consistency and uniformity of type in one’s herd or flock. Many graziers I talk to essentially say, “So why should I care how my cattle are bred, or my […]

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Breeding Matters

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

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The Latest In Low Cost Herding Technology

By   /  November 25, 2013  /  Livestock, Rabbits  /  1 Comment

Greta Vigren, a Swedish farmer noticed that her 5-year-old pet rabbit, Champis, had a new talent when she let her sheep out to graze for their first time in pasture after a long winter. In her interview with the Huffington Post, Greta says, “He just started to behave like a sheepdog.” Her friend, Dan Westman, […]

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