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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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Ranching By Number

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Ranching By Number

  On more than one occasion I have made disparaging comments about the tendency of our ranching industry to waste time gathering data. We keep spiral-bound notebooks full of all kinds of information, most of which is fairly useless. Folks who are in the business of producing purebred breeding stock may be compelled to gather […]

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Questioning Our Grass Fed Success

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  Money Matters  /  1 Comment

Back in May, On Pasture author and heretic rancher/philosopher James Mathew Craighead had the gall to ask a bunch of questions, and I mean a whole bunch of questions, including some that appeared to cast doubt on the entire Holy Grail of grazing and grass and soils and meat and…well, heck, just EVERYTHING!!! Turns out, […]

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Here’s the Silver Bullet

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  The Scoop  /  Comments Off on Here’s the Silver Bullet

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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