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Can Animals Detect Mineral Deficiencies?

By   /  May 4, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Can Animals Detect Mineral Deficiencies?

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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Enhanced Livestock Handling Facilities for the Single Man/Woman (With or Without Short Legs)

By   /  March 30, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Because he usually works stock by himself, John Marble has modified his handling facilities to make it easy and safe for a single man/woman. Check out his tips and then share yours with the On Pasture Community.

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Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving

By   /  January 27, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving

If you want to develop your stockmanship skills, you’re in the right place. Thanks to the talents and contributions of Whit Hibbard, there’s a whole library at your fingertips. Today, we’re adding more with some summaries of his instructions, along with videos illustrating his points. (Some of these were taken on horseback, so you’ll notice […]

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Working Cattle in Alleyways

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

This piece comes to us from Whit Hibbard and Dawn Hnatow. In their first piece in this pen-working series, they described how to move cattle into a corral, how to empty pens from the front and the back, and how to get cattle out of a corner. Now, we move on to what to do […]

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We Finally Get a BudBox

By   /  January 6, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  4 Comments

Animal handling can go a lot more smoothly with the proper facilities. Here’s how On Pasture author John Marble made that happen at his place.

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