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What does the cow say?

By   /  February 22, 2021  /  Behavior, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Alexandra Green sees the humor in her work when she declares that someday she hopes to be a “cowmoonicator.” Green has been studying the vocal behavior of dairy cattle. Her work has shown that individuals have distinct voices, and that there are specific “moos” that communicate information. Working with a herd of 18 Holstein-Friesian heifers […]

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Moving Bulls Safely

By   /  February 8, 2021  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Thanks to the Beef Quality Assurance program for this helpful video about how to be safe around bulls. For those of you who have slow internet speeds, or who prefer reading to watching, I put together a transcript for you, below. Enjoy! Handling bulls is a really different situation and each bull’s going to be […]

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Why Do Your Animals Eat What They Eat and Do What They Do?

By   /  December 21, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Why Do Your Animals Eat What They Eat and Do What They Do?

If you entered 2021 with a better understand of why your animals do the things they do, I think you’d be way ahead of the game. So, here’s a four article series by Darrell Emmick. He’ll give you a really strong understanding of what’s going on in your pasture with your plants and animals based […]

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How Do Animals Choose Where to Graze and Find the Best Forage and Water?

By   /  November 16, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Thirty years of research by Dr. Fred Provenza and his colleagues at Utah State University shows us that what we’ve always thought about how animals choose what to eat and where to live doesn’t work the way we thought it did. How it actually works has completely changed my life. In fact, it’s why you’re […]

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How Good Are You at Assessing Animal Temperament?

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on How Good Are You at Assessing Animal Temperament?

Thanks to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s BeefWatch, and  Jamie Parham and Dr. Ronald M. Lewis, UNL Professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics for this article. Some edits were made to fit On Pasture’s style guide. We also added UNL chute behavior videos so you can test your skills. Temperament is an animal’s behavioral response to handling […]

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