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Getting Water to the Stock Means a Ranch Survives

By   /  February 25, 2019  /  Consider This, Grazing Management, NRCS, Water  /  No Comments

Thanks to Heather Emmons of the Natural Resources Conservation Service for this story of how to get water where livestock need it. (It comes to us from the  Conservation Roadtrip and you can see it in it’s original form here.) It can give you an idea of how you might work with the NRCS on […]

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Grazing Management Using Cow Pie GIS

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, NRCS, Planning, Water  /  No Comments

GIS is an abbreviation for Geographic Information Systems. In practical terms GIS is the application of the science of location and all things related. In the last several years significant advances on global positioning and high tech farm equipment has leveraged this technology to increase yields  on grain farms, more efficiently apply fertilizers to growing […]

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

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS, Water  /  Comments Off on Getting Water to the Herd – Sometimes Old Tech is the Best Tech

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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