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Livestock Genetic Diversity is Being Preserved Thanks to an ARS Collection

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  ARS, Consider This  /  No Comments

This is an edited version of an article by Dennis O’Brien of the Agriculture Research Service. When the sample of semen from the Duroc boar—a breed of domestic pig—arrived in Fort Collins, Colorado this spring, the scientists and staff at the Agricultural Research Service’s National Animal Germplasm Collection had a little celebration. Why? Because it […]

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Terrifying a Cab Driver

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  The Funnies  /  No Comments

Plenty of cab drivers have terrified me, so it seems like turn about is fair play. Here’s a little story a friend told me….. My husband and I were dressed and ready to go out for a lovely evening of dinner and a movie. Having been robbed in the past, we turned on a night […]

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I’ve Got This Weed Growing in My Pasture. What Does It Say About My Soil?

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  No Comments

Can weeds tell you about soil health issues? Well, yes and no. I’ve got a lot of experience with weeds since I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching cattle, sheep, goats and bison to eat them under all kinds of soil conditions in and all kinds of landscapes. My observation is that spotted knapweed does […]

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A Step by Step Approach to Building Pasture Productivity and Soil Health

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

If you’re working on change, I think you’re going to love this interview of Ronnie Nuckols of Crozier, VA. He talks about how he started with small steps, building on each one, and the progress he saw at each step inspired him to keep going. He started with what may be the hardest step: changing […]

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DIY Mineral Feeder

By   /  July 15, 2019  /  Livestock  /  5 Comments

Hello to John, one of our readers in Victoria, Australia! He asked for an article on a mineral feeder design that would be accessible to sheep and would keep his mineral blocks off the ground. This DIY mineral feeder designed by Matt Poore (of Amazing Grazing fame) could be just the thing. It’s designed for […]

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