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You Don’t Have to Practice Yoga to Be a Flexible Grazier!

By   /  November 4, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

In most livestock operations, the largest expense is winter feed. As a grazier, it has been my goal to plan a grazing rotation so there is high quality, high volume forage available in the fall and winter. This fall has tested my flexibility once again and has once again shown me the importance of having […]

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Multi-Species Grazing Part 3 – Grass and Soil Management Principles

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  6 Comments

No matter what kind of stock you’re grazing, these management principles apply.

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Multi-Species Grazing Part 2 – Birthing Season and Grass Management

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Tom Krawiec has been handling 2,000 to 3,000 head per year for close to 15 years. His MOBs can include saddle horses, cattle, sheep and even pigs. In Part 1 of this series he described how he gets different species to behave as one herd and some of the helpful behaviors he’s seen as a […]

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Multi-species Grazing Management Part 1 – Saddle Horses Are Jerks

By   /  June 3, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  3 Comments

First off, let me assure you I do not hate horses. In fact, this article is not really about horses at all. It is about soil and grass. Horses, though, can really improve grass and soil even though the way they are currently managed does the opposite. It’s just that when horses are grazed in […]

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Happiness is Being in the Herd

By   /  May 13, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  15 Comments

Tom has learned that if he teaches his livestock that it’s safest to be in the herd, everyone’s life becomes much easier and better. Here’s how he trains herd behavior.

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