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Setting up for Strip Grazing Your Stockpiled Forage

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  1 Comment

Here are the ins and outs and the math for figuring out how big each strip should be to feed your cattle and make best use of your stockpile from our November 2014 issue of On Pasture. We reconfigured our farm’s permanent, hi-tensile fence to better allow the use of portable fencing. Portable fencing allows […]

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Building a Cow Herd – Billy Bean Style

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  5 Comments

Two of my favorite subjects are cattle and baseball. Two of my favorite books on these subjectsare “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” by Laurie Lasater and “MoneyBall” by MichaelLewis. One day, on a long drive, I started playing with the idea that breeding a fertile, easy keeping and most importantly, profitable, herd of cows […]

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Bloatless Alfalfa Grazing

By   /  June 13, 2016  /  Grazing Management  /  4 Comments

After attending a conference for dairy graziers I was somewhat surprised when one of the speakers spent a considerable amount of time explaining all the ways necessary to avoid bloat in cattle when grazing alfalfa. We’ve been grazing beef steers and heifers on alfalfa for 15-18 years and have only lost 2-3 head to bloat. […]

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My Experience With Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing

By   /  May 2, 2016  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

Until July of 2007, those of us farming in the Ozarks had suffered through a two and a half year drought. July brought buckets of rain, and the pastures produced a tremendous growth of grass but also a wide mix of weeds (forbs) that come with a weakened sod. I had been reading about the […]

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Weaning Calves on Pasture

By   /  April 25, 2016  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  2 Comments

While you’re months from doing this at your place, here are some tips for you to think about so you’re ready when the time comes.

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