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Livestock Genetic Diversity is Being Preserved Thanks to an ARS Collection

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  No Comments

This is an edited version of an article by Dennis O’Brien of the Agriculture Research Service. When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring, the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection had a little celebration. Why? Because it […]

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Terrifying a Cab Driver

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  The Funnies  /  1 Comment

Plenty of cab drivers have terrified me, so it seems like turn about is fair play. Here’s a little story a friend told me….. My husband and I were dressed and ready to go out for a lovely evening of dinner and a movie. Having been robbed in the past, we turned on a night […]

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How to Graze Trampled Grass

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

For some On Pasture readers, there was way too much rain early in the grazing season and the grass got way ahead, causing more trampling issues. If you’re wondering how to graze it now, Bruce has some ideas for you. (From an August 2018 issue.) How should you graze regrowth in pastures that had tall […]

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I’ve Got This Weed Growing in My Pasture. What Does It Say About My Soil?

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  1 Comment

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions in and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does […]

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A Step by Step Approach to Building Pasture Productivity and Soil Health

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

If you’re working on change, I think you’re going to love this interview of Ronnie Nuckols of Crozier, VA. He talks about how he started with small steps, building on each one, and the progress he saw at each step inspired him to keep going. He started with what may be the hardest step: changing […]

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