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Marshmallow Orchards in Trouble

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  The Funnies  /  No Comments

As the time for summer hot dog roasts nears, we may run into a S’mores shortage. Want more marshmallow news? Here’s the horrible truth behind marshmallow ranching.

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Twelve Steps to Amazing Grazing – Part 2

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

This is Part 2 by Matt Poore and Johnny Rogers. Here’s Part 1 if you missed it. These steps aren’t just 1-2-3 and you’re done. We’ve all started down this road, and these are some ideas to help us keep going. Step 6.  Start cutting individual pastures in half with polywire. The place to start […]

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Polioencephalomalacia – A Danger for Young Goats, Sheep and Cattle

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

In 2002, I was raising 60 baby goats by hand. We started them in a barn, and by Spring had transferred them to pasture where they were learning to graze. One morning, during my usual check on them, I noticed one was acting oddly. He didn’t seem to be able to see, and was turning […]

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Farmers and Ranchers Are The Future

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

In this week’s issue, we have two articles that describe the important role farmers and ranchers play in creating a healthy planet. In one, ranchers talk about the progress they’ve made protecting the prairie. Without these folks and others grazing their cattle, prairies would grow up in trees, and we’d lose the wide open spaces […]

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Partnerships Demonstrate That Profitable Ranching and Healthy Ecosystems Go Hand in Hand

By   /  May 20, 2019  /  Money Matters, NRCS  /  No Comments

Thanks to my co-author on this piece, Pete Bauman. He sent me the video and shared the key takeaways that makes the video so helpful. Pete is a Range Field Specialist for South Dakota State University Extension. His specialty is helping producers combine profitability and ecological balance. Bill Sproul loves prairies and all that open […]

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