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Sassy Calving: More Fun ~ Less Work

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Over the past ten years or so I have read many, many articles encouraging ranchers to calve in sync with nature, to calve when the other ungulate-ruminants calve. In other words, suggesting we calve in the spring rather than winter. The basis for most of this writing has been economics: a discussion of costs, inputs, […]

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Black is Only a Color

By   /  May 7, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

In a market that seems to tell us that we can only make money selling black cattle, Don Ashford has a different story to tell.

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Why Red Devon?

By   /  April 23, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We all have reasons for the choosing the breed of livestock we raise. Don explains why Red Devons work for him.

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Breeds for Changing Climates

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Don Ashford thinks about how we should manage our herds in a changing climate. Is it time to switch breeds?

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Solving Roadblocks to Supplementing Minerals on the Ranch

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  9 Comments

I recently sat in on a roundtable discussion about using mineral supplements on ranches that are practicing managed grazing. It turned out that even though it is well known that our region suffers from some serious soil deficiencies, most of the people in the group had extremely modest mineral programs. The reasons folks gave for […]

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