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When High Density Hurts: Remediating Overgrazed Land

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

I am a complete believer in mob (high-density rotational) grazing. I have seen marginal land explode with productivity and vigor after a properly orchestrated high-density kick in the rear. But like any tool, misuse can turn animal impact into a powerful force for destruction. There are some situations in grazing when you should not use […]

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Offset Fencing – An Option for Keeping Wily Animals in Pastures

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  7 Comments

This is my second summer buying, breeding and flipping yearling heifers in New York. I use two-day moves and high density grazing to get good animal performance and pasture utilization. My success of depends on my herd respecting a single electric wire. To make sure they have that respect, I’ve made some adjustments to my […]

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Prepping For Livestock Arrival

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Prepping For Livestock Arrival

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, NRCS  /  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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