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Hey! Better Dust Off Your Drought Plan!

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning, Water  /  Comments Off on Hey! Better Dust Off Your Drought Plan!

The US Weather Service has issued its drought prediction for the next 90 days and for some of us the news is not good. The brown in this map shows where drought persists, and the yellow shows drought developing.   That’s on top of vegetation that is still showing some drought stress from past years. […]

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I Couldn’t See the Forest…or the Water, For the Trees

By   /  March 30, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Water, Water quality  /  Comments Off on I Couldn’t See the Forest…or the Water, For the Trees

After digging a well and running polyethylene tubing all over the place, my intensive grazing operation was humming right along. Cows never needed to walk more than two or three hundred feet to water and things looked pretty sweet. Then the water problem started. During a dry spell my well struggled to supply sufficient water […]

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Greg Judy’s Fail-Proof, Temporary Waterer

By   /  March 16, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Greg Judy’s Fail-Proof, Temporary Waterer

As grazing season approaches, we think of two things – fencing and water for the livestock. Stock-watering solutions for mob/rotational grazing require an extra degree of creativity, so we like to provide examples that you might be able to adapt to your own operation. So, here’s Greg Judy in a 7:40 video describing a temporary […]

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How a Blue Ridge Farmer Set Up His Rotational Grazing System

By   /  February 10, 2020  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning, Water, Water quality  /  Comments Off on How a Blue Ridge Farmer Set Up His Rotational Grazing System

John Fant, Colonel, US Army (Ret), returned to southwest Virginia in 2013 to resume daily operations and management of the family farm. In this 6:52 video, John describes how he assessed the farm’s resources and then developed and implemented a plan that would improve water quality, and soil and animal health. What he found was […]

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Use Your Phone to Check Livestock Water and Pastures

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Use Your Phone to Check Livestock Water and Pastures

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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