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Use Your Phone to Check Livestock Water and Pastures

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  No Comments

This idea comes to us from the Beef Cattle Research Council of Canada. They’re sharing ideas from producers about how they improve the efficiency of their operations. Travis Peardon of Outlook, Saskatchewan likes to keep an eye on summer and winter watering systems as well as farmyard activities even when he might be some distance […]

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Some Dos and Don’ts of Setting Up a Grazing Operation

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Money Matters, Planning  /  1 Comment

I want to discuss the steps that we focus on when designing a new grazing operation on a new farm, starting with this saying: “If you have a lot of money, act like you don’t.” (If you don’t have a bunch of money ignore this.) The point is, being successful in a previous career is […]

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Can You Please Manage, Pretty Please?! A Grazing Advocate’s Plea

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

It finally happened; a scream so loud, it echoed throughout the over-grazed hills and valleys of Central New York. Poised on a grassy knoll in “Braveheart” fashion, the Grass Whisperer yells out M-A-N-A-G-E. . . Call it a grazier’s meltdown, or a public service life purge; the agency-sponsored grazing professional and farmer who vehemently tries […]

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What in Tar(weed)nation?! Part 2 – The Nature of Your Enemy and the Nature of Nature

By   /  November 25, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

Last week, I wrote about how tarweed showed up on my ranch a few years back, and how the management that had worked so well in the past seemed to fail me. In the end, I realized I needed to know more about my opponent. So here’s what I learned. I hope you’ll use it […]

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What in Tar(weed)nation?! An Example of Working With Nature to “Beat” Weeds

By   /  November 18, 2019  /  Grazing Management  /  4 Comments

When it comes to weeds, I’m beginning to think that over the past few decades I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut – maybe even become a bit dogmatic. When someone asks me about weed issues, I typically respond with a short homily along the lines of, “Well, if you are seeing more weeds, […]

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