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We Finally Get a BudBox

By   /  January 6, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  4 Comments

Animal handling can go a lot more smoothly with the proper facilities. Here’s how On Pasture author John Marble made that happen at his place.

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What in Tar(weed)nation?! Part 2 – The Nature of Your Enemy and the Nature of Nature

By   /  November 25, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

Last week, I wrote about how tarweed showed up on my ranch a few years back, and how the management that had worked so well in the past seemed to fail me. In the end, I realized I needed to know more about my opponent. So here’s what I learned. I hope you’ll use it […]

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What in Tar(weed)nation?! An Example of Working With Nature to “Beat” Weeds

By   /  November 18, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  4 Comments

When it comes to weeds, I’m beginning to think that over the past few decades I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut – maybe even become a bit dogmatic. When someone asks me about weed issues, I typically respond with a short homily along the lines of, “Well, if you are seeing more weeds, […]

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Quitting the Ranch – A Tragic Account of Failure in Succession

By   /  November 4, 2019  /  Consider This  /  7 Comments

A young friend of mine died the other day. To be honest, “died” doesn’t seem like quite the right word, probably because it’s not. On a beautiful fall day, my friend Donny picked up a gun and killed himself. Rest in peace, Donny. When it comes to situations like this, it seems we like to […]

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Silence of the Calves – No-Bawl Weaning Saves Stress and Money

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Turn your sound on, then click on the sound clip below to get a feel for what weaning used to be like for John.   Our little town has been shrinking over the past fifty years. The school, the gas station, the café, all gone. But the mom and pop grocery store is still open, […]

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