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Grazing Hacks for Feeding Mineral, Blocking Water Gaps and Solar Charger Stands

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  1 Comment

Steve shared this information with us back in back in January of 2015. They’re ideas that will still work today. And if you’ve got ideas, do share! Your On Pasture community would love to have your help. Dan Divine, a former NRCS agent based in Wright County Missouri, was telling me about his water gap […]

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Tips for Setting Up Paddocks for Managed Grazing

By   /  January 8, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Tips for Setting Up Paddocks for Managed Grazing

Last week’s video provided food for thought on how to look at your landscape to produce the most forage possible. Here’s an example from October 2014, of how Steve Freeman set up paddocks on his operation. Managed grazing means gaining more control of your grazing. When we built our first grazing system 25 years ago, […]

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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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