October 13, 2014

Line Breeding is Good For Profit

A couple months ago I wrote an article for On Pasture called Breeding Matters. I briefly alluded to Line Breeding as a method of getting greater consistency and uniformity of type in one’s herd or flock. Many graziers I talk to essentially say, “So why should I care how my cattle are bred, or my […]

October 6, 2014

A Tale of Two Testes: The Boar Taint That Ain’t

Woven Meadows Farm doesn’t castrate its pastured pork so boars grow faster and give more bacon. Here’s what they’ve found out about meat taint and preventing it, along with some information about pasturing bulls, rams and bucks too.

September 22, 2014

Small Ruminant Toolbox Now Available

No, it’s not a toolbox for goats and sheep. They don’t have thumbs! Better than that – it’s a toolbox of information to help sheep and goat producers prosper.

September 22, 2014

Just a Few Fences Can Improve Pasture Health and Increase Stocking Rates

This video comes to us from our friends Downunder.  It shows one sheep producer’s experience with using rotational grazing to improve his pastures.  With just three fences dividing a 45 hectare pasture (111 acres), John Keogh says, “We’ve picked up 4 DSE (dry sheep equivalents) per hectare and have seen a 15 to 20% return on […]

July 7, 2014

Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

June 30, 2014

How to Install an Electric Poultry Fence

It’s quick and easy and protects your poultry from predators. Here’s how to put up an electric fence for poultry, and how to test to make sure it’s working. The same technique works for goat/sheep netting, so check it out even if you don’t want to fence in chickens.

June 9, 2014

Pastoral Icon or Wooly Menace? Are Sheep Destroying the Planet?

In a recent Opinion piece in the New YorkTimes (Pastoral Icon or Wooly Menace), author Richard Conniff describes British environmentalist George Monbiot’s problem with sheep.  According to Monbiot, because of overgrazing by sheep, the deforested uplands, including a national park, looked “like the aftermath of a nuclear winter.”  Monbiot’s self-described “unhealthy obsession with sheep” has […]

March 31, 2014

Laying Hands on Them – How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished

You’ve got the tools right there are the ends of your arms to help you figure out when your lamb is ready for market. Here NCAT’s Dave Scott tells you how to use them.

March 3, 2014

Don’t Burn Down Your Barn!

More instructions for making your own, inexpensive equipment! Keep your kids and lambs warm and your barn safe with Sandy’s unpatented warming barrels.

August 19, 2013

Cattle and Sheep Markets – There’s an App for That!

Here are two new apps for your smart phones that will help you keep up with cattle and sheep markets in the U.S.

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