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March Management Concerns – Water, Newborns, Weeds, and more

The approach of Spring and the new grazing season brings on a long “To Do” list. Here’s a list of corresponding articles that will help you work through your list and plan for healthy plants and animals.


Get water to your mobile herd

One of the challenges of mob/rotational grazing is getting water into all the paddocks. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

Greg Judy’s Fail-Proof, Temporary Waterer

Helping newborns get started on the right foot

Without the right dose of colostrum in the first 24 hours, young animals have a hard time warding off diseases. Here’s how to make sure they get off on the right foot.

Feeding Colostrum and Colostrum Replacers to Newborn Calves, Lambs and Kids


Oh no! The weeds are back!

Did you know that educated cows eat weeds? And since many weeds are very nutritious, sometimes even better than grasses, grazing can be good for livestock and good for pastures. Here are some thoughts on weed grazing and management.

Can Grazing Eliminate Weeds?

Prevent springtime grass tetany and bloat

Grass tetany is a metabolic disorder related to a deficiency of magnesium that can cause death. Here’s how to recognize it early and manage for prevention.

Grass Tetany Prevention and Cures

Bloat is an accumulation of gas in the rumen that the animal can’t get rid of fast enough and can cause death. It can occur after as little as 15 minutes to 1 hour after stock are turned out to a bloat-producing pasture. Here’s what to watch out for.

Spring Pasture Bloat Prevention and Cures

Our plants are using all their resources to grow

Finally, here’s a fascinating discovery about how plants adjust to stresses in their environment to keep themselves healthy and growing.

Plant Root Exudate Changes With Drought to Encourage Soil Microbes to Provide More Nutrients

And the funnies…

Thirty Seconds of a Sow and Her Piglets

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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