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Haying With Wildlife in Mind

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Consider This, NRCS  /  1 Comment

This comes to us from Jimmy Doyle, South Dakota State Natural Resource Management Field Specialist, and iGrow a service of South Dakota State University Extension. Anyone who has spent time cutting hay knows that hayland can be a magnet for wildlife in late spring and early summer. Hay fields are often considered an “ecological trap” for […]

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 2: The Case for Middle of the Run Gates

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  11 Comments

Changing infrastructure, and changing our minds about how we move cattle is key to middle-of-the-run gates. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll find it easier.

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Ode to a Cow

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  The Funnies  /  Comments Off on Ode to a Cow

Some self-help from the 1936 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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Forage Quality on Rangelands is Dropping

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  9 Comments

Declining forage quality is costing ranchers almost $2 billion a year, and there’s no sign of the downward trend changing.

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People Doing Good Work for You Are Facing Elimination

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on People Doing Good Work for You Are Facing Elimination

For almost 100 years, the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory has been helping ranchers be more effective and profitable. The Lab’s research has changed how we manage rangelands, starting with studies in the 1930s to figure out optimum stocking rates for cattle and sheep on rangelands. What they learned helped reduce soil loss […]

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