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Fran Fritz on Trying Things and Choosing How To Do Them

By   /  January 25, 2021  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

Listening to Fran Fritz, it’s clear her motto is, “Try.” And so she does, even when it means she’s the only one trying something. It’s a motto that’s good for all of us to hear, and maybe take on as our own. Fran was born and raised in Iroquois, South Dakota. After high school she […]

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As Little as One Week’s Work a Year Can Significantly Improve Riparian Health

By   /  January 18, 2021  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

Riparian areas are those narrow strips of vegetation that surround creeks, streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. They’re very productive areas, and important wildlife habitat. Healthy riparian areas mean good water quality for everyone downstream too. They’re also easy to damage with bad grazing management. That’s why, in recent years, we’ve seen an uptick in regulations […]

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Does Cattle Grazing Reduce Fire Fuels and Fire Danger?

By   /  January 11, 2021  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

The last few fire seasons have clearly demonstrated that fires are coming more frequently and at sizes that challenge our ability to fight and/or control them. While grazing has been considered and even sometimes used as a fire prevention tool, the actual success and impact have not been clearly documented. This research is another step […]

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Grazing for Weed Management

By   /  January 4, 2021  /  Grazing Management  /  4 Comments

Some years ago, when their ranch was suffering from a western snowberry invasion, the Permans did something many folks have done. They called in aerial sprayers and blanket sprayed their pastures. What Garnet Perman says they learned is “We’re never doing that again.” Why? “We killed a lot of trees, we killed a lot of […]

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Working With Grazing Charts to Manage Grazing and Have Time For the Rest of Your Life

By   /  December 21, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

On Pasture is on winter break for the next two weeks, but we didn’t want to leave you high and dry, so we’re sharing resources that you might find helpful. Back in 2018, I made some free, downloadable handouts that you can copy and share at workshops, conferences and other events. This one covers the […]

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