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Nose Pumps: An Animal-Powered Watering Option

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  2 Comments

Lots of folks use streams, springs and ponds to water livestock in pasture.  It can be convenient and easy.  But it’s not always the best for animal health or for preventing bank damage and erosion.  True, alternatives that move animals away from open water can be more expensive in terms of time and money.  But […]

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Raising Pigs on Pasture

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Livestock, Pigs  /  1 Comment

In response to reader requests for information on raising pasture pigs, here is an interview with Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, NY. These four, beautifully done videos on pastured pigs were created as part of the Cornell Small Farms Video Mentor series as a resource to small and beginning farmers. We love how Karma takes us from farrowing to processing highlighting the things that make life better for the pigs, and easier and more profitable for the farmer.

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Left Handed Logic – Figuring per Calf Costs

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Money Matters  /  3 Comments

In this excerpt from his book “Time to Change” Colorado Rancher Chip Hines shows how shifting per cow costs to your saleable animals gives you a whole new look at how to cover costs and make profits.

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A Bestselling Book, A Flat Tire, And Remembering What Really Matters

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on A Bestselling Book, A Flat Tire, And Remembering What Really Matters

As I type, I’m broken down on a side street in Alexandria, Virginia, a steel bolt the size of my thumb protruding from my front right tire. More than anything else, it reminds me of those metal diodes affixed to the side of Frankenstein’s neck: impossible to miss, and impossibly out of place. A blow-out […]

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Points to Ponder as Manure Is Being Applied

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Points to Ponder as Manure Is Being Applied

While warm, clear weather allows us to get lots of field work done, it is not conducive to retention of ammonia from the manure being applied to the fields.  Understanding that we often have no choice but to carry out tasks in imperfect conditions, here are some things to keep in mind: When it’s dry, warm, […]

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