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Flerds: Sheep and Cattle Grazing Together for Predator Protection and Pasture Management

By   /  June 21, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Livestock, Pigs, Sheep  /  6 Comments

Multi-species grazing isn’t just about diversifying your operation and making good use of your pastures. It can also be a way to protect small ruminants from predation!

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Shade Options for Grazing Cattle – Natural, Permanent and DIY Portable

By   /  June 7, 2021  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Shade Options for Grazing Cattle – Natural, Permanent and DIY Portable

It’s that time of year when grazers begin asking each other, “What do you do to get shade to your animals?” Here’s why it’s helpful to YOU to provide shade, and 3 different options for making it happen. Why is Shade Important? Adding some shade to pastures, especially in places where the weather is both […]

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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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How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  Comments Off on How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

Here are two great videos from our friends at the Beef Cattle Research Council. While they focus on cattle, some of the principles Dr. McKinnon describes can help sheep and goat producers think about and adjust their own mineral programs. If animals’ mineral needs are not met, the results are costly, and can include decreased […]

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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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