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How to Teach Cows to Eat Weeds in Just 8 Hours Over 7 Days

By   /  March 23, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  No Comments

This works for any animal – so whatever you’re raising, check it out! In 2004, I taught a small group of heifers to eat Canada thistle, leafy spurge and spotted knapweed. I was inspired by two decades of research on how animals choose what to eat, and by ranchers’ (perfectly reasonable) refusal to incorporate goats […]

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Plant Root Exudate Changes With Drought to Encourage Soil Microbes to Provide More Nutrients

By   /  March 16, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  No Comments

There are all kinds of interactions between plants and the soils they grow in, and little by little we’re understanding more about what’s going on. Take root exudate for example. That’s the cocktail of carbohydrates – sugars, amino acids and organic acids – that result from photosynthesis and end up in the plant’s roots and […]

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How to Choose a Grass Variety That Works for You

By   /  March 9, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  1 Comment

They say variety is the spice of life. That’s true, even when it comes to varieties of different forage grasses. Often, when we want to reseed our pastures, we may decide on a particular kind of grass, but may not consider all the varieties of that grass there are. Or, we may just ask for […]

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Finding Credence in a Clearcut Revival – Converting a Dying Forest Into Grazing Land

By   /  March 2, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  3 Comments

In addition to being an article about forest conversion, this is also an example of looking at the resources we manage, paying attention to a site’s potential, and considering what is best for our operations. We hope it inspires you to look around with new eyes.

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To Unroll or Not to Unroll? What Gives the Most Bang for the Buck When Bale Feeding?

By   /  February 24, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  6 Comments

The other day my buddy, Steve Kenyon, and I were discussing why concentrated bale grazing is so superior for pasture rejuvenation versus unrolling bales. Steve is the author of ‘The Calendar of the Year-Round Grazier,’ teaches a course on how to graze year-round, and has been bale grazing for more than 20 years. Steve is […]

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