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There Are Many Ways to Solar Graze

By   /  May 25, 2020  /  Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

Our last article offered a definition of solar grazing and a basic outline of what’s involved. Now we’ll cover a little more detail about different ways to get into solar grazing, including as an independent contractor, leasing out your flock to a solar site manager, or as an employee of a solar company. I’ll also […]

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Solar Grazing: A New Income Stream for Livestock Producers

By   /  May 18, 2020  /  Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

Utility-scale solar arrays may cover 3 million acres across the US by 2030, according to the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). This is causing tension with farmers and farmland advocates, as the panels are often sited on good ag land, displacing current production. One solution is to restrict solar developments from being installed on farmland. […]

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Copper Deficiency in Cattle Can Reduce Conception Rates

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Last week Beth Burritt wrote about animals ability to recognize and solve mineral deficiencies. She noted that mineral nutrition is extremely complex and that the amount of a particular mineral an animal will eat depends not only on the level of that mineral in the body but also on its interactions with other minerals. This […]

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Can Animals Detect Mineral Deficiencies?

By   /  May 4, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  No Comments

If you’ve ever seen your animals eating soil, bones, feces or other unusual items, you probably took this as an indication that they may have a mineral imbalance. Yet many animal nutritionists will tell you, based on past studies, that ruminants are incapable of eating minerals in correct amounts to prevent or correct mineral deficiencies. […]

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Garlic for Fly Control?

By   /  April 27, 2020  /  Livestock  /  7 Comments

You’ve probably seen testimonials from fellow farmers and ranchers who claim that feeding garlic can keep flies off their cattle. Maybe like me, you’re a bit skeptical. Could that really work? Well, actually yes. According to Canadian research in 2017, cows fed trace mineral salt fortified with garlic powder had 52 and 56 percent fewer […]

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