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You Don’t Have to Practice Yoga to Be a Flexible Grazier!

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

In most livestock operations, the largest expense is winter feed. As a grazier, it has been my goal to plan a grazing rotation so there is high quality, high volume forage available in the fall and winter. This fall has tested my flexibility once again and has once again shown me the importance of having […]

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Untoward Acceleration – the Greatest Danger to Graziers

By   /  October 21, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  7 Comments

We all make grazing management mistakes. The key to improving is to acknowledge what they are, why they happened, and then what we might do differently next time. Here, Troy Bishopp shares a mistake from his grazing past, as an example of these steps to improvement.

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

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS, 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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When High Density Hurts: Remediating Overgrazed Land

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

I am a complete believer in mob (high-density rotational) grazing. I have seen marginal land explode with productivity and vigor after a properly orchestrated high-density kick in the rear. But like any tool, misuse can turn animal impact into a powerful force for destruction. There are some situations in grazing when you should not use […]

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Ranching By Number

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Ranching By Number

  On more than one occasion I have made disparaging comments about the tendency of our ranching industry to waste time gathering data. We keep spiral-bound notebooks full of all kinds of information, most of which is fairly useless. Folks who are in the business of producing purebred breeding stock may be compelled to gather […]

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