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Two Graziers With 65 Years of Experience Put Their Heads Together

By   /  October 7, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  7 Comments

Victor is in the house! A nice benefit of having the 2019 Grasstravaganza in Cobleskill, NY is that conference guest and Indiana’s seasoned grazing guy, Victor Shelton, was driving by my place to get there. Good time to corral him for a 2 hour pasture walk and get a reality check! So what do two […]

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How to Successfully Go Solar on Your Electric Fencing

By   /  September 30, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  1 Comment

Like many of us, Dean Schneider of Bell Rule Genetics, wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the typical all-in-one solar charged fencers he’d tried. But since there is no electrical power at the place he’s running his cattle, solar was his only option. Last October, we shared the system he put together that turned out […]

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A Path to Becoming a Successful Grazier

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

The leaves on your plant are like the alternator on your car. And the roots are the battery – they story energy. The leaves take in energy with photosynthesis and they store it in the roots. So when you season-long graze, the cows come along and bite it off every day, day after day. It’s […]

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Could This Winter Be as Wet as Last? Here’s How to Prepare

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released their forecast for this winter. “Mild, with soakers” is how Indiana is labeled. I don’t put a lot of weight on these forecasts, but they often line up with other forecasts and occasionally are completely correct. If this forecast holds true, I think we all need to prepare for […]

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Here’s What Could Happen to Forages in the Future and What It Means For Our Management

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Forage, Grazing Management, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Could warming temperatures and elevated atmospheric CO2 levels affect the quantity and quality of forage used to raise livestock? That’s the question that David Augustine and his fellow researchers at the Agricultural Research Service’s Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit wanted to answer. Their results are a mixture of “good news” and “bad news” along […]

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