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Getting Water to the Herd – Sometimes Old Tech is the Best Tech

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  No Comments

The reason I often mention the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a good resource is that NRCS is known for providing one-on-one, personalized advice on the best solutions to meet unique conservation challenges. As an example, here’s a story from David Sanden, about how NRCS staff helped a rancher get water to his herd without […]

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Slugs for Solving Bio-Film Problems in Floats, Tanks and Pipes

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  Comments Off on Slugs for Solving Bio-Film Problems in Floats, Tanks and Pipes

Oregon is a funny place. We recently changed our State bird from the Meadow Lark to the Osprey, mostly because several other States were claiming the Meadow Lark, and Oregon likes being….unique. Some would say bizarre. Our State Flower is called Oregon Grape, and of course, is not a grape at all. But it is […]

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Riparian Grazing: Can We Just Do The Right Thing?

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Water, Water quality  /  3 Comments

With growing concerns over riparian management and its effect on water quality, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. Here, Troy wonders if we, as graziers, are doing all we can to protect water quality and our grazing future. At this year’s Northeast Pasture Consortium […]

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Managing Grazing Means Managing for Rainfall

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Water  /  3 Comments

As you think about how you’ll manage forage this season, keep in mind that your grazing management has a lot to do with how your soil captures and holds water – its hydrologic functioning. That function is crucial to determining how well your soil will provide water during dry periods, as well as how well […]

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Finding and Solving Leaks in Your Watering System

By   /  January 22, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS, Water  /  1 Comment

In the last week or so, I’ve received several inquiries on water systems from producers trying to diagnose pump issues or other problems. I guess I just couldn’t be left out of that crowd because I now have a leak in an area where I had moved some soil around late summer.   Sometimes trying […]

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