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Using Your Cattle To Control Blackberry Bushes and Other Plants You Love to Hate

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Forage, Livestock, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  Comments Off on Using Your Cattle To Control Blackberry Bushes and Other Plants You Love to Hate

In this video, Jason Crisman of JC’s Organic Farm shares a surprising development in his herd. They’re eating blackberry bushes with gusto! He attributes their new foraging to his rotational grazing, fencing them into smaller paddocks so that they become less selective graziers. Like us, cows are creatures of habit and they eat what they’ve […]

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Runaway Grass – What Can You Do?

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

If you’re looking out at pastures that are growing so fast you don’t know how to keep up, here are some tips for managing your grazing so that you slow the speed that forage matures, and you maintain quality forage.

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What Do Different Plants Tell Us About Our Soils and How to Improve Them?

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil, Weeds  /  4 Comments

Greg Brann, Natural Resources Conservation Service Grazing Specialist in Tennessee, recently sent some information out to his local farmers about “indicator plants” along with some tips for how to use that information to improve soil health and pasture quality.  It’s good information for everyone to consider. What Are Indicator Plants? Indicator Plants are plants that, […]

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Autumn Olive – Friend or Foe?

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  2 Comments

Here’s how Greg Judy manages Autumn Olive in his pastures to take advantage of it for nitrogen fixation and soil building as well as forage. Check the map in the article to see if it’s in your area, and if not, consider these techniques for managing other brushy species.

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New Brush Control Philosophy Works for Ranchers

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Weeds  /  3 Comments

This is a good example of how changing our thinking can help us deal with brush economically and efficiently by using our tools to work with mother nature.

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