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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 2: The Case for Middle of the Run Gates

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  11 Comments

Changing infrastructure, and changing our minds about how we move cattle is key to middle-of-the-run gates. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll find it easier.

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 1

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Behavior, Fencing, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Here are some thoughts on paddock and gate set up that consider animal behavior and how we work with our livestock. Hint – those gates don’t belong in the corner.

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What Size Cow Is Right for Grass-Finishing?

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  3 Comments

One of our On Pasture readers sent us this question: I would like to know what size I should be buying cows in order to grass finish before slaughter. I know grass fed beef is different than grain fed beef. Can you help? Since John Marble frequents sale barns for some of the stock on […]

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Blaming Our Troubles on the Market

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Consider This  /  6 Comments

If you want to experience the unhappiness radiating throughout the ranching business, there is no better place to visit than your local auction yard. The sellers come drifting in, some wearing a stoic grimace, most bringing the face of defeat. There is some mumbling and grinding of teeth. The professional buyers know enough to keep […]

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The Grazier’s Bookshelf

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on The Grazier’s Bookshelf

The icy hand of winter grasped my little valley just after Thanksgiving. After a fabulous grass-growing fall, the dark curtain fell, which meant I began watching the mailbox in earnest as winter is the time of year new books arrive, some of them about grazing. Recently I’ve written about steps people might take to explore […]

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