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Want to Know How to Get the Most From Your Pastures? Ask a Dairy Grazier

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

When Oregon dairy farmer Jon Bansen decided Double J Jerseys was going all grass fed in 2017, he faced a challenge. Milk production requires a tremendous amount of energy, so pasture forages really need to pack a punch. He also needed resilience, and feed that would hold up through heat, cold and drought. Finally, milk […]

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Conservation and Ranching Go Hand in Hand

By   /  October 12, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

Thanks to the Sand County Foundation for this piece. I’ve added some ideas about how you can use what you learn here. Craig and Conni French always considered themselves good land stewards, but six years ago things really began to change. They came to see their cattle ranch’s fate was tied to healthy soils and […]

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Use Good Stop Grazing Heights For Animal and Soil Health and More Spring Forage

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

It is late September as I write this, and so far this month I’ve had a total of two-fifths of an inch of rain up until today. Some oats and turnips I planted over three weeks ago have barely broke ground. They won’t provide much grazing at this rate. Sadly, there are areas of Indiana […]

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Greg Judy on How to Use Portable Fence Reels and Set Up Electric Fence Quickly and Easily

By   /  September 28, 2020  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

Lately I’ve been seeing questions from folks about portable electric fence reels – which ones to use and how to use them. The next question is “Now, how do I use these to set up my fence?” Here are the answers in two great videos from Greg Judy. If you already know all this, consider […]

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Three Keys to Being a Successful Grazier

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

In this video, we take a trip to Nye, Montana to visit the Keogh Ranch. It’s been in the family since Noel Keogh’s folks purchased it in 1947. It may be larger than the operation you run, but his management addresses the challenges that each grazier faces: Managing for good grass utilization with fencing and […]

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