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Portable Solar Water Pump for Watering Livestock

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Portable Solar Water Pump for Watering Livestock

This video comes to us from the Full Belly Project and shows a mobile solar pump system to take advantage of small streams and other water sources to provide watering for livestock in small pastures.  It includes a solar panel on what looks like a 2-wheeled cart, some piping and a pump. A team of […]

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Forecasting Unintended Consequences of Grassland Conversion

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Consider This, NRCS  /  Comments Off on Forecasting Unintended Consequences of Grassland Conversion

Written collaboratively by Roger Gates, Ben Turner, Melissa Wuellner and Barry Dunn (former SDSU College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences Dean, former SDSU Extension Director).   Continuing implementation of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, which includes programs such as SodSaver and policies such as conservation compliance (restraining cultivation on highly erodible or marginal lands), provides […]

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Top 10 Reasons Ranch Trucks Are Never Stolen

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  The Funnies  /  2 Comments

Don’t let this make you feel bad about your truck! 10. They only have a range of 20 miles before they break down or run out of gas. 9. Only the owner knows how to operate the door. 8. It is difficult to drive fast with all the fence tools, grease rags, ropes, chains, syringes, buckets, boots, […]

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Out of Debt and On To Profit – The Sand Ranch Starts Winter Grazing and Stops Haying

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Out of Debt and On To Profit – The Sand Ranch Starts Winter Grazing and Stops Haying

Last week we started a series of articles about Cody and Deanna Sand and how the changes they’ve made since 2011 have gotten them out of debt (think $20,000 in carry over bills after all their calves were sold) to owing nothing AND having a lot more fun ranching. They started by changing their grazing […]

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How To’s for Pastured Poultry Egg Production Success

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  Comments Off on How To’s for Pastured Poultry Egg Production Success

Demand for eggs from pasture-based poultry is increasing. Setting up and operating a system in which laying hens forage and range outdoors can be quite an undertaking, but can yield benefits such as boosted soil fertility, farm diversification, increased animal welfare, and eggs with increased nutritional value. Some of the key elements of pastured-poultry egg […]

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