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The Best New Years’s Resolutions For Farmers and Ranchers

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  3 Comments

This first “Scoop” of the new year comes to us from Don Ashford. Thanks, Don! Another year has come and gone and now comes the time for all of the resolutions to be made for the New Year. Folks resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or dipping, cut back on their drinking, exercise more – […]

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To Plant Or Not To Plant My Ryegrass

By   /  December 17, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Even if you’re not a candidate for planting ryegrass, you’ll want to check out the principles of grazing management that Don describes in this piece about working with your local climate, understanding forages, and making grazing pay.

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Only the Learners Survive – Thoughts on How to Be One of Them

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

This is a quote from Eric Hoffer who was known as the longshoreman philosopher. Mr. Hoffer has been dead since 1983 but these words are more applicable today than when he wrote them. Those of us, who a few years ago began to realize that the “learned” were being no help to us at all, […]

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Grouping Calves For Sale – Good Idea or Bad?

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Grouping Calves For Sale – Good Idea or Bad?

A couple of years ago the idea was brought up by some of the members of what was left of the Heifer Project groups in our area that it would be beneficial to all involved to put their calves together for marketing. The idea was that this would enhance their position by selling in groups […]

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Is It Possible for a Cattle Operation to Be Sustainable Without a Subsidy?

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  Money Matters  /  3 Comments

This question has been bothering me since attending a workshop a few weeks ago. There were presentations by several producers with the usual stuff, how we do this and why we do it this way. But there were two who really caught my attention. One was a young couple with a 40 acre multi-grazing operation. […]

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