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How Good Are You at Assessing Animal Temperament?

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s BeefWatch, and  Jamie Parham and Dr. Ronald M. Lewis, UNL Professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics for this article. Some edits were made to fit On Pasture’s style guide. We also added UNL chute behavior videos so you can test your skills. Temperament is an animal’s behavioral response to handling […]

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Is a Second Dust Bowl on Its Way?

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Thanks to Paul Gabrielsen, science writer, University Marketing & Communications, University of Utah for this piece. Got any spaces left on that 2020 bingo card? Pencil in “another Dust Bowl in the Great Plains.” A study from University of Utah researchers and their colleagues finds that atmospheric dust levels are rising across the Great Plains […]

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How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

Here are two great videos from our friends at the Beef Cattle Research Council. While they focus on cattle, some of the principles Dr. McKinnon describes can help sheep and goat producers think about and adjust their own mineral programs. If animals’ mineral needs are not met, the results are costly, and can include decreased […]

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Keys for Successful Corn Stalk/Corn Residue Grazing

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  2 Comments

  Thanks to Brad Schick, Nebraska Extension Educator and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln BEEFWatch newsletter for this great article! Having corn stalks to graze is a great resource for livestock producers. For dry cows, it is a relatively inexpensive feed that can typically meet, or come very close to meeting nutritional needs. Grazing can also […]

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Twice as Many Cows, Twice as Easy

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Twice as Many Cows, Twice as Easy

This piece comes to us from Clarence Kelly,* work unit conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service). It was first published in September of 1962 in the Soil Conservation magazine. This rancher faced a lot of the same challenges many of us face today. His solution was to […]

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