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The Most Valuable Tool On My Farm — Livestock Guardian Dogs

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  Livestock  /  Comments Off on The Most Valuable Tool On My Farm — Livestock Guardian Dogs

  While I have been quite handy with a shotgun complete with MagLite duct taped to the barrel, dashing after [insert predator here] has sent the poultry into a full-blown panicked frenzy in the wee hours of the night, it’s not something I particularly enjoy. I’ve battled coyote, bears, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, rats and stray […]

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Why Don’t Chickens Lay Eggs in the Winter?

By   /  February 24, 2014  /  Consider This, Poultry  /  Comments Off on Why Don’t Chickens Lay Eggs in the Winter?

It’s all about the birds and the bees.

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Finding New Markets – the Imperial Ranch Story

By   /  February 24, 2014  /  Marketing, Money Matters, NRCS  /  Comments Off on Finding New Markets – the Imperial Ranch Story

You asked for more farmer profiles and examples of how other producers make things work. So here you go! This is a really great example of how to look at what you’re raising in a new way so that you can find and serve new markets. Regardless of what you produce, you can use their example to think of new ways to improve your own success.

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Forages That Can Improve Grazing on Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue

By   /  February 24, 2014  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Forages That Can Improve Grazing on Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue

Researchers have recently discovered that when animals graze plants containing tannins and sapponins, they eat more endophyte-infected tall fescue. That means that including plants like birdsfoot trefoil and alfalfa in pastures of endophyte-infected tall fescue will make your livestock healthier and more productive.

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How We Turned the Cattle Industry Into an Unsustainable, Artificial World

By   /  February 24, 2014  /  Grazing Management  /  3 Comments

Trying to beat mother nature with technology is an expensive proposition. Sometimes it’s better to work with her than against her.

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