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Is Increased Production Worth the Cost of the Fertilizer?

By   /  January 25, 2021  /  Consider This  /  9 Comments

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a pasture walk for a group of University students, young people who wanted to chat about plants, animals, grazing, fencing, water…in other words, all the things I am constantly talking about. Our conversation included bits of philosophy too, and some thoughts about the direction of our industry. Somewhere […]

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How to Graze During the Dormant Season (Summer or Fall)

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  3 Comments

Whether it’s fair or not, people seem to believe that northwest corner of America is a fairly unique place. Folks like to rave about the extraordinary degree of “greenness” in this country, while also whining and moaning about our soggy winters. I always find this entertaining. The truth is, we do have a long, gray […]

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When the Fire Came – A Rancher Works Through Oregon’s Holiday Farm Fire

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  The Scoop  /  3 Comments

On September 9, John Marble’s short voice mail on my home phone said, “We have fire on three sides and we’re evacuating cattle.” He was running from the Holiday Farm fire that had been whipped into a frenzy by gale force winds two days earlier. By the next day, his part of the Calapooia Valley […]

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Get Rid of Bio-Film and Clean Lines, Tanks and Floats With the Easy “Slug Method”

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Get Rid of Bio-Film and Clean Lines, Tanks and Floats With the Easy “Slug Method”

From 2018, here’s a great way to keep water troughs clean and working well. Oregon is a funny place. We recently changed our State bird from the Meadow Lark to the Osprey, mostly because several other States were claiming the Meadow Lark, and Oregon likes being….unique. Some would say bizarre. Our State Flower is called […]

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Grazing Through Drought, Too Much Rain, and Fire

By   /  September 14, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

Because Oregon has been in a long-standing drought, John Marble has lots of practice acting on his drought plan and rebounding when it rains. His examples of what works can get you through, rain or shine.

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