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Leading Instead of Herding – Why and How to Teach Your Livestock to Follow

By   /  September 20, 2021  /  The Thinking Grazier  /  1 Comment

Last month in The Thinking Grazier, John Marble got us thinking about our relationship with our animals and how behavior (theirs and ours), along with our fence and infrastructure, factors into getting them to do what we want them to do. Then last week, he concluded that leading was more efficient and cost effective than […]

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Calling and Leading Cattle is More Time and Cost Efficient Than Herding

By   /  September 13, 2021  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

To start, I’d like to thank my neighbors Ken and Debbie for inspiring this study. Ken and Debbie raise “stock dogs.” This provides me with endless hours of entertainment during the pleasant evenings of spring and summer as I listen to the strange commands, whistles, and threats that float across the pasture. They sound like […]

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Thinking It Through

By   /  August 16, 2021  /  The Thinking Grazier  /  3 Comments

Editor’s Note: John Marble runs a seasonal grazing operation. That means he doesn’t over-winter cattle, and,each spring, he’s working with a new batch of cows, calves, and custom grazed steers. Because these animals are unfamiliar with managed grazing, he’s developed techniques that make it easy to work with and move them. This month, we’re taking […]

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Infrastructure Costs on Different Ranches – Wide Open Spaces and Little Bitty Places

By   /  August 9, 2021  /  Money Matters  /  Comments Off on Infrastructure Costs on Different Ranches – Wide Open Spaces and Little Bitty Places

As a young man growing up in the narrow green valleys of western Oregon, I was routinely given the following advice: “If you want to be a rancher, you better move east, because that’s where all the real ranches are.” The “east” all those folks were speaking of is the huge sea of sagebrush that […]

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What is the Best Cow?

By   /  June 14, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, From the On Pasture Library, Livestock  /  4 Comments

The best cow I ever bought was a real beauty. Her name was Miss Unaweep Rafter 145, and she came with some fancy registration papers and a bull calf at her side that my mother thought could be our next herd sire. I know old Unaweep was a good cow. She must have been – […]

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