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Can Cows Save the Planet? I Don’t Know – But Maybe They Can Save the Ranch

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

Can cows save the planet? Can cows reverse global warming? Can cows sequester carbon and prevent erosion and fix habitat problems? Can cows feed the world? Honestly, I just don’t know. These are big, complicated questions that seem to depend on a whole bunch of variables, things beyond my ability to suss out. Some Simple […]

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So, Which Is It – Drought Planning or Weed Management?

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

John Marble plans for drought every year and some years, like this one, he has to implement that plan. Now, he’s seeing some real changes in the weed component of his pastures, making him wonder – is he managing for drought or to get rid of weeds?

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Tooth and Nail: Ranching With Predators

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Consider This  /  5 Comments

Last month On Pasture asked: “What’s the best way to protect your livestock from predators?” and provided information from the Livestock-Predator Hub as food for thought. Turns out, On Pasture author John Marble has been thinking about predators for a long time. I hope you enjoy his thoughts. _________________________ My relationship with predators goes way […]

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Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

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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