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Start Your Farm

By   2 days ago

New York Times Best Selling Author Forrest Pritchard’s latest book “Start Your Farm” will be hitting bookstores soon. Here’s what you need to know about the book and how to pre-order your copy.

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How Do You Do Restoration on Bare Soil With No Water?

By   1 week ago

Restoration and soil health look a lot different in Tucson, Arizona than in the other places I’ve lived. Here’s a project that I’m working on. I’m sharing it with you because it’s interesting, you can learn a little more about me and where I live, and maybe you’ll have some ideas to share too.

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A Visit With Greg and Jan Judy

By   2 weeks ago

I (Kathy) got to spend a couple days with Greg and Jan Judy at Green Pastures Farm last week. I had so much fun! I got to see how he’s working with another young farming couple to grow their pastured hogs and egg-layers business on the Judy place.     We checked out his flock […]

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An Invitation to Collaborate With On Pasture

By   3 weeks ago

Thanks to your support, On Pasture is what it is today – a source of great, grazing information with over 1800 articles in our archives, AND a community where we learn from each other and the many mistakes we’ve made and the successes we’ve all had along the way. As we head into our sixth […]

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Have You Seen On Pasture’s First Video?

By   4 weeks ago

Mission statements can be dry and boring. So, five years ago, when we were developing On Pasture, we decided to explain our goals with this little video. What do we do? We sift through information so you don’t have to, turning “blah blah blah blah” into “This is what it means and how it can […]

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Two Things On Pasture Needs to Keep Going

By   1 month ago

The week is On Pasture’s 5th birthday, and look how we’ve grown! When On Pasture was just a twinkle in the eyes of farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals who thought it would solve problems graziers had, we had no idea that it would grow to what it is today – the most read grazing publication […]

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When Scientists Argue

By   1 month ago

About a month ago we ran “What If the U.S. Got Rid of All Livestock?” describing the findings of two scientists, Robin White and Mary Beth Hall, who tried to answer that question. Their conclusion was that without livestock, the U.S. would not be able to meet its population’s nutritional requirements and the reduction in […]

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Let’s Share Our Stories in Reno!

By   2 months ago

December is a long way off, but we know where we’ll be December 2 – 5: in Reno for the National Grazing Lands Conference! This gathering happens once every three years, with farmers and ranchers sharing their experience, researchers describing how their latest discoveries can improve success, and conservation organizations and land management agencies offering […]

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    Grazing Around Streams – More Ways To Do The Right Thing

    By   2 days ago

    We can graze around streams and avoid government regulations if we choose to do the right thing. Troy Bishopp is busy collecting examples and sharing them with On Pasture so our community can be a good example to all graziers.

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    Grazing Around Streams – Three Examples of Trying to Do the Right Thing

    By   1 week ago

    With growing concerns over riparian management and its effect on water quality, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. In his first article on this topic, Troy wondered if we, as graziers, are doing all we can to protect water quality and our grazing future. […]

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    Intentional Management: Matching Needs With Resources

    By   2 weeks ago

    Thanks to Jonathan Rupert of Smith Seeds for this piece. A number of years ago, I had the privileged of visiting one of the many cattle ranches operated by Lykes Brothers in Florida.  If you’re not familiar with the name, Lykes is one of the top five largest cow-calf operations in the nation with over […]

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    Schooley Ranch Conservation Planning Makes for the Cleanest Water in South Dakota

    By   3 weeks ago

    Last week Troy Bishopp wrote about some of his frustrations with riparian grazing management, wondering, “Can We Just Do The Right Thing?” Well, here’s an example of a ranch in South Dakota that has worked hard on providing the folks downstream with plenty of good clean water. Chad Schooley of Schooley Ranch in Castlewood, South […]

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    Riparian Grazing: Can We Just Do The Right Thing?

    By   4 weeks ago

    With growing concerns over riparian management and its effect on water quality, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. Here, Troy wonders if we, as graziers, are doing all we can to protect water quality and our grazing future. At this year’s Northeast Pasture Consortium […]

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    When Can I Start Grazing Mixtures?

    By   1 month ago

    Thanks to Tim Fritz, of King’s AgriSeeds Inc. for this helpful information. Mixtures bring yield stability to a forage field as each species and variety has its own strengths and weaknesses. These factors include: soil adaption, climate adaptation, disease resistance, harvest timing, yield distribution over the seasons, nutrient needs and contributions to soil health, and […]

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    Managing Grazing Means Managing for Rainfall

    By   1 month ago

    As you think about how you’ll manage forage this season, keep in mind that your grazing management has a lot to do with how your soil captures and holds water – its hydrologic functioning. That function is crucial to determining how well your soil will provide water during dry periods, as well as how well […]

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    Managing Mud

    By   2 months ago

    NRCS’s Victor Shelton is in the middle of a wet and muddy spring in Indiana. He tells us, “As much as I like the warmer days right now, I probably wouldn’t turn down some frozen ground to reduce mud and the impact of very saturated ground.  One guy told me that if it were just […]

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      Moderate Grazing Repairs Soils

      By   2 days ago

      Thanks to Dennis O’Brien and researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service for their assistance on this article. Decades of plowing throughout the Piedmont region of the United States have degraded the soil, allowing much of it to be washed away, and robbing what is left of nutrients and organic matter. Sorghum, cotton, soybean, and […]

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      Let’s Waste Grass With Jim Gerrish – Part 2

      By   1 week ago

      This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We’ve embedded the 15:20 video of the presentation where Jim talks about the benefits of “wasting grass.” We’re also summarizing it in two bite size articles to make it easier for all you farmers and ranchers on […]

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      Let’s Waste Grass With Jim Gerrish – Part 1

      By   2 weeks ago

      This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We’ve embedded the 15:20 video of the presentation where Jim talks about the benefits of “wasting grass.” We’re also summarizing it in two bite size articles to make it easier for all you farmers and ranchers on […]

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      When Does Fertilizing Pasture Pay? – Part 2

      By   3 weeks ago

      Last week, Bruce Anderson shared information about break even points when it comes to spending money on nitrogen fertilizer for pastures. This week, we get some additional information to consider from Sid Bosworth, Extension Professor at the University of Vermont. Grasses have a high demand for nitrogen (N). Grass hay trials have shown
 that some […]

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      When Does Fertilizing Pasture Pay? – Part 1

      By   4 weeks ago

      Thanks for this article go to Bruce Anderson and Jerry Volesky of Nebraska Extension, University of Nebraska, Lincoln and to UNL Beef Profit Tips. If you’d like to listen to this as a podcast instead, click here.  And let us know if you like listening to podcasts. We can find more for you! Pasture and […]

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      How to Establish and Manage Red Clover

      By   1 month ago

      With the discoveries that red clover can increase weight gain and prevent fescue toxicosis, we thought you’d like some info on how to add it to your pasture. Thanks to Genevieve of Kings Agriseeds for helping us out with this! Not only does red clover boost a pasture’s quality, diversity, and even yield, it’s also […]

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      When Can I Start Grazing Mixtures?

      By   1 month ago

      Thanks to Tim Fritz, of King’s AgriSeeds Inc. for this helpful information. Mixtures bring yield stability to a forage field as each species and variety has its own strengths and weaknesses. These factors include: soil adaption, climate adaptation, disease resistance, harvest timing, yield distribution over the seasons, nutrient needs and contributions to soil health, and […]

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      Different Cover Crops Release Nitrogen at Different Rates

      By   1 month ago

      Even if you’re not growing cover crops to feed your cash crops, this is great information because it gives us more insight into the mystery of how plants add nitrogen to our soils to help us. Thanks to the Soil Science Society of America for sharing this with us. A circle of life-and nitrogen-is playing […]

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        Why Red Devon?

        By   2 days ago

        We all have reasons for the choosing the breed of livestock we raise. Don explains why Red Devons work for him.

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        Practical Advice for Dealing With Parasites

        By   1 week ago

        A note from the Author: I’m not much of a scientist. While I was trained in science, I am, for the most part, just an observer of nature. I see things in the world around me and make up working hypotheses that appear to fit. The solutions I present here are not proven; they are […]

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        Breeds for Changing Climates

        By   2 weeks ago

        Don Ashford thinks about how we should manage our herds in a changing climate. Is it time to switch breeds?

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        Livestock – More Dangerous Than Mountain Lions, Poisonous Snakes, or Stinging Insects

        By   3 weeks ago

        Cattle and horses account for 90% of all animal-related deaths in the United States, and that number hasn’t changed since the last time researchers collected this data in 2007. Jared Forrester, M.D., the lead investigator for the study covering fatalities from venomous and nonvenomous animals from 2008-2015 says that learning more about deaths due to […]

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        Training Cows to Eat Weeds – Even in Very Large Pastures

        By   4 weeks ago

        It’s that time of year again when those special forbs start poking their heads up in your grassy pastures. That means it’s also the time of year when I remind you, “Those are not weeds. That is good forage!” And then I remind you that it only takes 8 hours spread over 7 days to […]

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        Can Red Clover Cure Fescue Toxicosis?

        By   1 month ago

        As part of his research into how an ingredient in red clover, biochanin A, improves feed efficiency and weight gain in ruminants (see last week’s article), USDA Agricultural Research Service scientist Michael Flythe did his due diligence, looking for other possible effects of this isoflavone. This extra step led to his discovery that biochanin A […]

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        Scientist Finds Secret Ingredient in Red Clover That Increases Weight Gain in Ruminants

        By   1 month ago

        A team of researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Forage-Animal Production Research Unit has found that an antimicrobial compound in red clover can increase feed efficiency in ruminants.  Biochanin A could be an alternative to using antibiotics to promote growth in feedlots, and could benefit livestock on pasture too. How Antibiotics and Antimicrobials […]

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        Solving Roadblocks to Supplementing Minerals on the Ranch

        By   2 months ago

        I recently sat in on a roundtable discussion about using mineral supplements on ranches that are practicing managed grazing. It turned out that even though it is well known that our region suffers from some serious soil deficiencies, most of the people in the group had extremely modest mineral programs. The reasons folks gave for […]

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          Stock Tank Adventuring – A New Business Opportunity?

          By   2 days ago

          Looking at their natural resources in a new way helped this family find a new, money-making enterprise.

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          An Introduction to Conservation Finance

          By   1 week ago

          Thank you to the Western Landowners Alliance in partnership with WRA, Inc. for sharing this series on conservation finance with On Pasture. We hope it will help you understand and evaluate different approaches to your own property that take advantage of the ecological services you provide. Conservation finance is the idea that landowners can be […]

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          Can You Make Money Turning Cropland Into Pasture?

          By   2 weeks ago

          Current corn prices along with reduced availability of perennial pasture have some producers asking about the economics of turning cropland into forage for cow/calf operations. So three Nebraska Extension specialists. Jay Parsons, Mary Drewnoski, and Daren Redfearn, got together to answer these questions in a February webinar: “Will producing annual forages provide greater net returns […]

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          What Happens To Your Pasture Lease in Drought?

          By   3 weeks ago

          Do you rent pasture? What happens if drought lowers pasture production below expectations? Specifically, what does your pasture lease say about drought? It’s hard to think about drought in at the beginning of spring, but drought can play havoc on pasture leases. All too often, pasture leases fail to include an appropriate plan to adjust […]

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          Is There Drama in Farm/Ranch Land Transfer?

          By   4 weeks ago

          “It’s easier to talk to your children about sex than farmland transition.” – An Iowa farmer

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          Bone-headed Beef Business Blunders Part 3: Contracts – Go Ahead, Write a Book

          By   1 month ago

          For the third and final confession in my Boneheaded Beef Business Blunders series, I want to cover land lease and custom grazing contracts. I got myself into some sticky situations in my early years of ranching, due to assuming too much. In the past my land lease contracts have fit on one printed page with […]

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          Get Your Record Keeping Set Up Before Spring Hits

          By   1 month ago

          Going into the sciences, I discovered the value of writing things down – general advice being, “the more notes the better.” But, admittedly, this takes discipline and may be impractical. In my work I encounter many farmers whose main record keeping tool is their memory. I’m always impressed by the level of detail a farmer […]

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          Frugality is Not a Dirty Word

          By   2 months ago

          Now I know that I am fixing to age myself, but I want us all to think about being more frugal in our cattle operations. The reason that I say I am going to age myself is simply because folks of my generation knew what it was to do without.  This is not to say […]

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            Listen to This – A Conversation With Greg Judy and Adam Saunders

            By   2 days ago

            “One of the questions people ask me is what’s the most important lessons I’ve learned in farming, and one is invest in livestock, not machinery. That’s a huge one!…Because how many tractors have you see that had a baby calf?!” That’s Greg Judy talking with Adam Saunders in the latest “Our Farms, Our Future” podcast. […]

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            Cattle May Be the Last Hope for Saskatchewan Sage Grouse

            By   1 week ago

            This 8:27 video takes us on a cattle drive with Miles Anderson, a rancher south of Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada. On this day, he’s gathering and moving about 100 cow calf pairs onto the neighboring Grasslands National Park so they can graze and create habitat for the endangered sage grouse.   As we follow Miles […]

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            Can We Turn Cow Manure Into Toilet Paper?

            By   2 weeks ago

            An Austrian scientist has been looking at what comes out the back end of goats, horses, cows and even elephants because it has great potential to become paper.

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            Moore Land & Cattle Company – Profitable, Practical Resource Management

            By   3 weeks ago

            Greg Moore’s focus on restoring 25,000 acres of prairie grasslands and good habitat for wildlife has turned into more profit for his ranching operation, proving that ecological health and economic resilience go hand-in-hand

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            Less Lawn Mowing = More Bees

            By   4 weeks ago

            Sometimes bringing back the bees can be as simple as doing less, not more. Now scientists can tell you how often to mow your lawn to get the most bees possible.

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            Symptoms and Treatment of Tick Related Diseases

            By   1 month ago

            Since most of our readers spend a lot of time in tick habitat, we’re sharing these symptoms of the most common tick-borne illnesses. If you do get infected, getting treatment early is important, so we hope this helps keep you all safe. (And if you want to know how to prevent tick bites, check out […]

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            How to Remove a Tick and Prevent Bites

            By   1 month ago

            Tick season is on the way. As tick populations grow and spread across the country, their prevalence is increasing the public’s risk for some troubling diseases. Of these diseases, the American Academy of Dermatology says, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever are among the most serious. “Although most ticks do not carry disease, it’s important […]

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            How Will the President’s Budget Proposal Affect Rural America?

            By   2 months ago

            Because your work and your success might be impacted by the federal budget, we asked Anna Johnson of the Center for Rural Affairs to share this information about the President’s proposed 2019 budget.   The president’s fiscal year 2019 budget was released on February 12, 2018. This is an annual event, where the president formally […]

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              The Easiest Way to Monitor for Tracking Pasture and Rangeland Changes

              By   2 days ago

              Spring is a great time to set up pasture monitoring. 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! Here’s how, from August of 2017. Enjoy! Would […]

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              Treat Your Pastures Kindly This Spring for a Better Grazing Season

              By   1 week ago

              These tips from Troy were timely in 2014 and in 2018. They’re things we probably need to be reminded about every year! Enjoy! Believe it or not, sometime in the very near future you will be turning animals out to pasture.  Some of you will have a plan and decide when it’s the right time […]

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              Good Soil Testing Is An Important Part of Your Pasture Management

              By   2 weeks ago

              If you’re looking at your pastures and thinking they’re missing something. The first place you might start is with a soil test. It can tell you if the pH is off – so your forage isn’t doing as well as it could, or if you actually need to add a little fertilizer. This article by […]

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              Be Safe Around Your Livestock By Understanding Signs of Aggression

              By   3 weeks ago

              From an August 2015 issue of On Pasture, here are some always timely tips for interacting with bulls as well as an “animal/English dictionary” of what your livestock are saying and what your response should be. We start with a list of from Joe Emenheiser of things to remember when working with bulls: 1. Appreciate […]

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              Take Advantage of Spring Green Up Without Destroying Your Summer Grazing

              By   4 weeks ago

              It’s that time of year, when we’re all thinking about grazing green grass. These tips from Greg Judy, first published in April of 2013, will help you control yourself and manage your grazing so that you have the best pastures possible through the summer. One of the toughest grazing management periods for livestock producers is […]

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              How to Write a Letter/Resume For Leasing Land

              By   1 month ago

              From August of 2014, this article is part of a whole collection on land leasing ins and outs. To see all in the series, just click on the graphic to the right. There is no magic recipe that will make a prospective landlord say, “Yeah! I’ll lease my land to you!”  But knowing what a landlord […]

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              Figuring Pasture Rental Rates: Conditions that Affect Value

              By   1 month ago

              This is the fourth in a series on figuring pasture rental rates, updated with input from On Pasture readers. If you’ve missed the first three, here they are: How Much to Pay for Leased Pasture – 2018 Doing the Math on Pasture Rental Rates Part 1 Figuring Pasture Rental Rates Part 2: AUMs and Profit […]

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              Part 2 of Figuring Pasture Rental and Use Rates: Animal Units and Profit Sharing

              By   2 months ago

              We first covered this back in 2015. Here’s the third part in the series with some updates suggested by On Pasture readers. If you’ve missed the first two, here they are: How Much to Pay for Leased Pasture – 2018 Doing the Math on Pasture Rental Rates Part 1 Animal Unit Months Figuring pasture use […]

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                Learning Hippo Behavior

                By   2 days ago

                Here’s a good Dad joke for you. 🙂

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                Excited For Spring? We are!

                By   1 week ago

                Unfortunately this is what spring has looked like so far for us….  

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                Dangerous Geese and Roosters

                By   2 weeks ago

                Last week we reminded you that livestock are more dangerous than mountain lions and gave you some signs that show you when you’re in danger. Now, here’s a video to save you from geese and roosters.

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                Pony for Sale

                By   3 weeks ago

                Sometimes the haircut makes the horse….  

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                New Cheese Rules

                By   4 weeks ago

                Would you vote for this?

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                Vocabulary for Two-Year-Olds

                By   1 month ago

                We like this Dad’s style!  

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                Fun at the Gym

                By   1 month ago

                Choose your water bottle to get the reactions you like best.

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                Know Your Livestock

                By   2 months ago

                Choose the species that works best for you! Thanks to Bill Fosher for this one!

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