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Prepping For Livestock Arrival

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

For those of you who are starting new herds or adding to the one you have, here are some tips to make sure you’re ready to receive new livestock. Coordinate With Your Shipper on Lane and Gate Size An eighteen-wheeler may fit through your gate, but will it be able to make it down the […]

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Temporary Perimeter Fencing

By   /  April 8, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  11 Comments

Perimeter fencing is an important part of a rotational grazing system, and if, like a high tensile fence it’s also electrified, it makes it easier to set up paddocks and move livestock. Here’s the last in our series on setting up high tensile fence. (This piece was updated on 4/16/2019 with additional photos of gate set up.)

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Successes In My Heifer Development Business

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  Money Matters, Start Ups  /  2 Comments

I spent my first four years in the grazing business running custom cow-calf pairs. It wasn’t profitable for me and I determined that it wasn’t the best use of my resources (as I discussed in some of my On Pasture articles in 2018). In spring 2018, I switched to being a seasonal operation. I bought […]

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Outsmarting Wild Cattle Part 3

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

This year I switched from being a year-round cow-calf operation to being a seasonal heifer developer, one of the biggest issues I had was with temperament. Heifers that are new to my operation can be flighty and less calm than a herd I’ve worked with over the years. Here is part 3 of the skills […]

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Outsmarting Wild Cattle – Part 2

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  7 Comments

The cattle business can be hard on your self-esteem. It’s tough when in spite of all your schooling, knowledge, experience and success, you get outwitted by an animal that poops in its food. This is happening to me a lot less frequently now that I have been through a few years of learning the hard […]

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