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Managing a Landscape to Increase Water, Forage and Habitat

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

This is a story of the importance of private lands for providing clean water and wildlife habitat, and how the changes this ranch made enhanced habitat and increased water availability and made their livestock more productive and profitable. Thanks to Robert Hathorne of the NRCS for sharing this story. I’ve added ways to apply the principles this ranch uses to help you translate this to your operation, and information on how to pay for the improvements.

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How Do You Graze in November When the Weather is Warmer or Wetter Than Usual?

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  3 Comments

I mentioned last month that there are still plenty of good growing days left this fall and they need to be taken advantage of. One of the first things to do to make sure you obtain as much plant growth as possible, especially with perennial forages, is to stop grazing forages that will continue to […]

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How Much Winter Feed/Forage Do I Need? Am I Feeding the Right Animals?

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From November of 2017, here are two questions we ask ourselves every year. I often talk about taking inventory of winter feedstuff.  I’m primarily measuring dry matter, e.g. hay, pasture, stockpile, crop residue, and grazeable annuals still left.  Fall rains certainly helped to green things up and provide some new growth, but that won’t last […]

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Beef and Bobwhites – How to Maximize Livestock Production While Helping Wildlife

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

Thanks to Nick Schell, a wildlife biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for sharing this article with us. I added the section pointing out conservation practices that farmers and ranchers might receive assistance in implementing. You’re probably familiar with the northern bobwhite and its decline. The bobwhite, or what many of us call […]

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The Wahl Family’s Mobile Flock – Part 2 of Managing for Healthier, More Productive Animals and a Better Bottom Line

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  Comments Off on The Wahl Family’s Mobile Flock – Part 2 of Managing for Healthier, More Productive Animals and a Better Bottom Line

This is the second in a series about the grazing management changes the Wahl family has made and how it has improved soil health and increased animal productivity dramatically. (See the first here.) It’s drawn from an article by Robert Hathorne with photos by Tracy Robillard, both of the Oregon Natural Resources Conservation Service. I’ve […]

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