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Best of OP – Managing Multi-Species Grazing

By   /  July 1, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

On old MacDonald’s Farm, there were all types of animals—here a moo, there an oink and over there a cluck, cluck—but managing multiple species and the pastures that support them in a forage-based environment is more akin to a complex symphony with you, the farmer, as the conductor.  Regardless of the players (aka: species), there […]

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Offset Fencing – An Option for Keeping Wily Animals in Pastures

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  7 Comments

This is my second summer buying, breeding and flipping yearling heifers in New York. I use two-day moves and high density grazing to get good animal performance and pasture utilization. My success of depends on my herd respecting a single electric wire. To make sure they have that respect, I’ve made some adjustments to my […]

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Greg Judy Talks Electric Fencing and Gates for Sheep and Cattle

By   /  May 27, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

While Greg designed these fences to keep goats, sheep and guardian dogs in, they work for his cattle too. See what he’s using and consider how you’d adapt it to your operation.

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Teaching Livestock to Respect Electric Fences

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Electric fencing is fine. It makes it possible to be more flexible and versatile with our management and I recommend it without reservation. As one of the ads by one of the companies that sell power fencing products states, it will maximize grazing and increase profits, and without question, that’s what all of us who […]

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Water Development for Effective Grazing

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, NRCS, Water  /  Comments Off on Water Development for Effective Grazing

Getting water to livestock is one of the challenges to managed grazing systems. It’s also a problem for graziers trying to take advantage of crop residues to extend the grazing season. No one wants a permanent tank in a crop field, or the soil compaction that livestock can cause by congregating to drink. To help […]

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