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Cowboys Herding Cats

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  The Funnies  /  2 Comments

Are you tough enough to be a cat herder? These cowboys show you what it takes.

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Training Cattle to Follow Part 2: Working With Short Term Cattle

By   /  December 4, 2017  /  Livestock  /  4 Comments

Teaching cattle to come to call is pretty easy. It takes time and patience, but it is not all that hard. Here’s the problem: sometimes, you just don’t have that much time. In Part 1 of this series, I talked about receiving cattle and working with them for quite a long time, developing a relationship, […]

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Training Cattle to Follow – Part 1

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Livestock  /  5 Comments

Several readers have asked for instruction in teaching cattle to follow. John Marble has written a two-part article on the subject. Part one begins with some basic thoughts on animal behavior, both human and bovine. It’s a good bet that with small modifications, this could work for all livestock. Dateline: Raub, North Dakota, circa 1935 […]

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Are We There Yet? How Much Further? – A Progress Report from the Field of Grazing

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Consider This  /  2 Comments

I sometimes worry that I might be living in an echo chamber. I constantly talk to people who are interested in grazing and soils and ranching. My mailbox is filled with magazines about modern grazing theory and progressive ranching. I have to set an egg timer each morning to make myself quit reading on-line articles […]

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Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

By   /  August 21, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Four Teats, Two Teats, No Teats at All – A Story of Three Cows

“Boy, those cows could surely use some more milk.” How often have we all heard that old line? Truth be told, we’ve spent the past fifty years breeding more and more milk genetics into America’s s beef herd, and the results have been stupendous, or maybe stupid, depending on where you stand. There are some […]

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