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Beef and Biodiversity – How Do We Get Both?

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  ARS, Consider This  /  No Comments

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is working with ranchers and other partners on research that will tell us which grazing management gets us the most bang for our buck. Thanks to Jan Suszkiw, and the ARS’s AgMag for this article!  Justin Derner likens the Central Plains Experimental Range (CPER) in northeastern Colorado to a “living […]

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The Right Recipe For Fertilizing Forage Grasses

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

Thanks to Dennis O’Brien, ARS Office of Communications, for this article. It was published in the October 2016 issue of AgResearch Magazine. It focuses on results for forage grasses in the Southeast, but could give you some ideas about questions you could ask about your fertilizer use. Producers growing forage grass for cattle in the southeastern […]

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Low on Forage? Early Weaning is a Good Option.

By   /  September 18, 2017  /  ARS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

Here’s something to think about this winter as you’re planning for next year’s weaning. Who knew that early weaned steers gain better?! That’s just one of the things ARS scientists found when they looked at early weaning as an alternative when forage is limited.

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Science Says Post-Fire Grazing on Rangelands Is Not Harmful

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  ARS, Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Current federal regulations recommending that rangelands be rested from grazing for two seasons after fire are not supported by science. In fact, the research shows that healthy prairie ecosystems require grazing and fire. When tested on the ground, evidence shows that moderate post-fire grazing causes few impacts on northern mixed-grass prairie vegetation. That’s the conclusion […]

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Mirror Reduces Stress and Increases Animal Happiness.

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  ARS, Consider This  /  1 Comment

Even if you’re not raising pigs, you can get something useful from the Agricultural Research Service’s Sandra Avant showing the importance of companionship to reduce stress, even when it’s only an animal’s own reflection.

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