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Saving a Chicken Saves Cattle and Ranchers

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

What do cattle and lesser prairie-chickens have in common? They both love grasslands. But grasslands are in trouble. Thanks to decades of fire suppression, redcedars, shinnery oak and mesquite are progressing steadily across the prairie. Open grasslands can become closed-canopy forests in as little as 40 years. And that’s a big problem for the bird, […]

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Science Says Post-Fire Grazing on Rangelands Is Not Harmful

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Current federal regulations recommending that rangelands be rested from grazing for two seasons after fire are not supported by science. In fact, the research shows that healthy prairie ecosystems require grazing and fire. When tested on the ground, evidence shows that moderate post-fire grazing causes few impacts on northern mixed-grass prairie vegetation. That’s the conclusion […]

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When Livestock Eat Weeds You Have 43% More Forage*

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  12 Comments

It’s that time of year when I remind you that you can teach your ruminant livestock to eat your weeds so that you have as much as 43% more forage, and you don’t have to worry about herbicide. Training a group of 50 animals to eat weeds takes just 8 hours spread over 7 days […]

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Easy Monitoring to Track Pasture and Rangeland Changes

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

All you need is your smart phone, maybe a shovel or fence post from the back of your truck, and the willingness to take a picture and email it to yourself and you’ve become a monitoring master!

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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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