October 11, 2021

Are You a Grazier Suffering From Iron Disease?

This week marks one year since Chip Hines passed away. He provided us with so much great information and advice, so I wanted to honor him again by sharing one of his many great articles. Many men suffer from this un-researched affliction that is somewhat prevalent in the cattle raising community. This problem has been […]

April 24, 2017

Regain Genetic Parasite Resistance

What is the first line of defense when parasites attack livestock? A drug (chemical) is immediately purchased and applied to the animal. Does it work? Yes, it usually does. For how long? Days, weeks, months, rarely more than one year and then the predators return. Or does the chemical become ineffective after several years of […]

May 16, 2016

Choose a Calving Date That Grows Good Calves With Low Inputs

Thanks to Chip for sharing this excerpt from his new book “Cow Country Essays and a Little Slantwise Logic!” Time of calving has to be the first thing considered when moving from a high input operation to a management oriented low input method of raising cattle. So many things are connected to this timing that […]

December 29, 2014

The Right Cow Makes You Money

In this piece, which is also a chapter from his book “How Did We Get It So Wrong?”, Chip Hines talks about how working with nature can be easier and more profitable.  In fact, maybe the hardest thing is the abuse you might get from your buddies at the coffee shop.

December 22, 2014

Intelligent Groups Make Innovations Easier

A friend of Kathy’s once told her “You become like the people you spend the most time with. So think about who you want to be, and choose people that are like that.” It works for all kinds of things, including being innovative and forward thinking, as Chip Hines explains in this article. You can use his tips to set up your own “Innovation Support Group.”

November 17, 2014

The Coming Revolution

What will cover crops do for us? Here are some thoughts from Chip Hines

September 15, 2014

Cow Efficiency

When the cattle industry embarked on the performance race 40 plus years ago, two things happened. Weaning weights went up, which was the prime goal. It was assumed (Assume: To take for granted) that since we were selling pounds, more was better. It again was assumed that increased production per cow was good. We were […]

February 24, 2014

How We Turned the Cattle Industry Into an Unsustainable, Artificial World

Trying to beat mother nature with technology is an expensive proposition. Sometimes it’s better to work with her than against her.

February 17, 2014

Genetic Parasite Control in Cattle

Once again we have to go back in time. Cattle in the wild would have had as much parasite resistance as present day wild animals, which made their existence possible. What we have done in the modern world is ignore natural capabilities and we unwittingly began diminishing them to insignificance. Chemicals will never win the […]

January 20, 2014

Weaning Weight: Misconstrued.

Is the highest weaning weight you best indicator of profit? Not necessarily!

January 13, 2014

The Medicine Show Syndrome – Are We Guilty?

We have all seen the western movie when the traveling medicine show pulls into town to sell the magic elixir that will solve all your ailments. People gather around the wagon to hear the spiel that borders on the improbable. It is an extraordinary talk, enumerating all the idiosyncratic maladies of human misery and how […]

December 9, 2013

Who Are You Managing For?

The philosophy of low input ranching is built around using management to take the place of high priced inputs. This management is based on the natural world which existed without the hand of man. In using this as our guide we can then do what is necessary to get the most good from our plants […]

December 2, 2013

The Right Cow

Cattle are considered to be well attuned to our modern beef industry and we only need to breed the right bull to a cow for profit. Included in this theory is adding all the necessary inputs recommended by every magazine you pick up. This has been the typical system for 40 years, but it doesn’t […]

November 4, 2013

Stress Less Weaning

Here’s a tried and true method from Chip Hines that will save you time and money. It’s low stress for the cattle AND YOU! (And just because he talks about cattle, doesn’t mean the principles won’t work for other livestock as well.)

July 29, 2013

Left Handed Logic – Figuring per Calf Costs

In this excerpt from his book “Time to Change” Colorado Rancher Chip Hines shows how shifting per cow costs to your saleable animals gives you a whole new look at how to cover costs and make profits.

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