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Comparing Rotational and Continuous Grazing – A Time Lapse Video

By   /  August 12, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  3 Comments

Seeing how two pastures function side by side under different management is one good way to consider what kind of management we’d like to implement. That’s why I like this video from the Natural Resources Conservation Service staff in Clark, South Dakota. They set up a camera on a fence line and took time lapse […]

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Time to Start Stockpiling for Fall and Winter Grazing

By   /  July 29, 2019  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

It’s almost August, which is always a busy month for me and I am usually left wondering what happened to the summer. This is when I start thinking about assessing pastures, how much forage is present, and how much more forage can be grown between now and dormancy. It’s sad, but winter is already on […]

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The Thrill of Soil Sampling!

By   /  July 8, 2019  /  NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

From what I’ve read in Facebook groups and heard from folks, soil sampling isn’t something anyone wants to do. But, the results from a well-executed soil sample, can tell you what your soil is lacking and give you some ideas for how to manage to improve the situation. It can also tell you if your […]

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Stockpile, Clip, or Hay? What To Do Now

By   /  June 10, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Stockpile, Clip, or Hay? What To Do Now

I cannot believe the weather. I have never seen a spring quite like this. After a long discussion recently with an old friend who is 79, he said he hadn’t either and we both agreed that we would rather not see another, but only because the weather didn’t repeat itself. We have gone from soggy […]

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Birdwell and Clark Ranch – Moving 5,000 Head of Cattle Multiple Times a Day

By   /  June 3, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  Comments Off on Birdwell and Clark Ranch – Moving 5,000 Head of Cattle Multiple Times a Day

When Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark bought their 14,000 acre ranch in north Texas in 2003 it was a monoculture of little blue stem with 25% bare ground, and areas that were overgrazed and undergrazed. Today, it produces two times the county average of beef per acre and in less time. For that, and the […]

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