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Flashing Night Lights Can Protect Livestock from Predators

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Back in March of 2015, On Pasture published an article about Richard Turere, a 11-year-old Masai boy from Kenya, who invented a way to keep lions from nearby Nairobi National Park from attacking his village’s cattle. Using an old battery, a broken flashlight, an signal light switch from a motorcycle and a solar panel, he […]

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Low-Stress Management Improves Post-Weaning Calf Health

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Low-Stress Management Improves Post-Weaning Calf Health

Thanks to Dawn Hnatow for co-authoring this article! A few weeks ago we discussed fenceline weaning as one low-stress way to wean calves. The next question folks ask is, “What should we do with our calves post-weaning?” Conventionally, stockmen will look after their calves’ nutritional needs and monitor their health, but otherwise leave them alone. […]

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Low-Stress Weaning

By   /  August 19, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

A lot of producers look forward to weaning with nothing but dread because it’s so often a bad experience for them, their cows, and sometimes their facilities. Many producers can tell stories about their corrals being torn down by the cows post-weaning, and not being able to sleep for three or four nights after weaning […]

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Gathering Cattle – These Techniques Make It Much Easier

By   /  July 29, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Gathering Cattle – These Techniques Make It Much Easier

Thanks to Dawn Hnatow for co-authoring this piece! A lot of ranchers have trouble gathering their cattle; that is, it takes a lot of riders multiple days and they still end up short. If done properly, however, one or two people can gather even large pastures in one day and miss none. Conventional gathering In […]

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How Do Animals Choose What to Eat? Part 1 – Mother Knows Best

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Learning about how animals choose what to eat and where to live, and that it doesn’t work the way we thought it did, has completely changed my life. In fact, it’s why you’re reading On Pasture today. I think it can change your life too. So, over the coming months, I’ll be sharing a short […]

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