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Managing a Landscape to Increase Water, Forage and Habitat

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

This is a story of the importance of private lands for providing clean water and wildlife habitat, and how the changes this ranch made enhanced habitat and increased water availability and made their livestock more productive and profitable. Thanks to Robert Hathorne of the NRCS for sharing this story. I’ve added ways to apply the principles this ranch uses to help you translate this to your operation, and information on how to pay for the improvements.

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Coming to the Table to Create Grazing Solutions That Work For Everyone

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning, Water quality  /  No Comments

According to legend, the first Thanksgiving in North America was celebrated when two very different peoples sat down together to eat and give thanks. The folks in this video are following in that tradition, coming to the table with government agencies and others to create solutions good for wildlife and for the people who make […]

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Getting Water to the Herd – Sometimes Old Tech is the Best Tech

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  No Comments

The reason I often mention the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a good resource is that NRCS is known for providing one-on-one, personalized advice on the best solutions to meet unique conservation challenges. As an example, here’s a story from David Sanden, about how NRCS staff helped a rancher get water to his herd without […]

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How Do You Graze in November When the Weather is Warmer or Wetter Than Usual?

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  3 Comments

I mentioned last month that there are still plenty of good growing days left this fall and they need to be taken advantage of. One of the first things to do to make sure you obtain as much plant growth as possible, especially with perennial forages, is to stop grazing forages that will continue to […]

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Improving the Power and Reliability of the Charge for Your Solar Powered Fencer

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

Dean Schneider of Bell Rule Genetics wasn’t satisfied with the typical all-in-one solar charged fencers he’d used. He’d tried a variety of brands and found they weren’t as reliable as he liked, he couldn’t get as much power out of them as he needed, and the batteries kept going bad. Since there was no electrical […]

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