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Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Over the past ten years or so I have read many, many articles encouraging ranchers to calve in sync with nature, to calve when the other ungulate-ruminants calve. In other words, suggesting we calve in the spring rather than winter. The basis for most of this writing has been economics: a discussion of costs, inputs, […]

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Walking the Walk, Talking the Talk: Our 2018 Ranch Walk-About

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

A lot of folks talk about how non-farmers need to understand where their food comes from and what farming and ranching is all about. Here’s how John Marble is actually doing something about it.

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Practical Advice for Dealing With Parasites

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Livestock  /  2 Comments

A note from the Author: I’m not much of a scientist. While I was trained in science, I am, for the most part, just an observer of nature. I see things in the world around me and make up working hypotheses that appear to fit. The solutions I present here are not proven; they are […]

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Solving Roadblocks to Supplementing Minerals on the Ranch

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  9 Comments

I recently sat in on a roundtable discussion about using mineral supplements on ranches that are practicing managed grazing. It turned out that even though it is well known that our region suffers from some serious soil deficiencies, most of the people in the group had extremely modest mineral programs. The reasons folks gave for […]

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From Minimal to Mob – Lifestyle and Economic Considerations for Designing your Grazing Program

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning  /  12 Comments

America is a great place. In this neck of the woods we get to do almost anything we want, and nowhere is that more true than in the grazing world. Graziers get to decide what their business, their land, even their life looks like. But here’s the trouble with all that freedom: lots of choices […]

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