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Here’s the Silver Bullet

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

Today’s Scoop comes to us courtesy of On Pasture author John Marble and a conversation he and I had this morning about farmers and ranchers trying new things and the ongoing search for a silver bullet that will solve all our problems. Here’s what he shared: “We’ve all heard the talk about the BIG IDEA […]

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Making Hay While the Sun Shines, Even If You Don’t Want To

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

All the drought indicators were met, so John’s drought management plan kicked in. And then it rained.

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Are You Running a Marginal Business?

By   /  May 27, 2019  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  10 Comments

What starts out as a bar conversation becomes a lesson in what to do if you want to make more money farming or ranching.

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Surviving Volatile Cattle Prices

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Surviving Volatile Cattle Prices

When we first shared this article in October of 2016, John started with, “The cattle market is in the toilet. The future looks even worse. Calves bring only one-half of what they did a couple years back. Stocker margins are negative, feeders too.” The graph below shows why he said that. Cattle prices had risen […]

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Sharing the Bounty of Spring – Providing Food and Shelter for Wildlife, Whether We Want To or Not

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

This is an exciting time of year here on the ranch. The plants, the animals, and the people are all starting to recover from a difficult winter. Grass is sending up cautious spears to look around and some early forbs are getting busy too. We humans are trying to shift from rubber boots and heavy […]

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