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How to Use Snow as a Water Source for Wintering Beef Cattle

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

We got questions about how well cattle do on snow as a winter water source so we headed out to find some answers for you. This fact sheet from agricultural agencies in Canada provides some comparisons between cows with access to water and cows using snow as their water source. Researchers in Alberta expected that […]

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Success With Pigs On Pasture

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  Livestock, Pigs  /  No Comments

Thanks to PennState Extension for this story! Mike Yezzi from Flying Pigs Farm shared his pastured pig production system at this year’s Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture conference. After Mike and his wife, Jen Small, bought their farm in 2000, they drove out to a local breeder to buy piglets with a handmade wire cage […]

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How Big is Big Enough

By   /  October 9, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

We got a lot of comments on our last article about cow size and profit. Here, Kit Pharo weighs in. According to the USDA Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska, the average Angus, Red Angus and Hereford cow weighs over 1,400 pounds. Mainstream seedstock producers have successfully out-Simmentalled the Simmentals. Unfortunately, in their attempt to wean […]

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How to Amplify Instincts in Your Working Dogs

By   /  October 2, 2017  /  Livestock, Stock dogs  /  Comments Off on How to Amplify Instincts in Your Working Dogs

As Denice described in Success With Stockdogs, instinct is an important part of working with your dog. Here she gives examples of how, as trainers, we can work with, and amplify, those instincts. Ivy crawled through the squares of woven wire fence to begin working livestock at 13 weeks old.  This was her first step […]

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Smaller Cows Are More Productive and Profitable

By   /  September 25, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  17 Comments

Here at the Dickinson Research and Extension Center, the old question kept coming back: “Would the extra calves really pencil out if the center stocked 1,100-pound cows instead of 1,400-pound cows?” And then more questions: “Would those small cows actually carry the load? Could they be competitive with mainstream beef production?” Our experience and data […]

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