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Did You Know Your Herd Has Its Own Culture? Yep – And That’s Why They Eat What They Eat!

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Your livestock can eat a lot more of what’s in your pasture than you might think. The only thing that holds them back is their “culture” or what they’ve learned from their mom and herd mates. Here’s the background and what you can do to make a difference.

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Training Livestock to Leave Streams and Use Uplands

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Training Livestock to Leave Streams and Use Uplands

Cattle can damage streams and surrounding vegetation (riparian areas) by over-grazing riparian vegetation, breaking down banks, decreasing water quality, which can reduce fish populations and wildlife numbers. Suggested solutions to this problem have traditionally ranged from the cost prohibitive – constructing fences along waterways – to the extreme – removing livestock completely from rangelands. Using […]

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Petey – A Lead Steer’s Story

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Consider This  /  4 Comments

We all have a story about an animal on our place that was more than just livestock, but was a part of the family. Here’s the story of Petey the lead steer and how much he brought to the Ashford farm.

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Can Animals Figure Out What Minerals They Need?

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Not only will this help you understand if you should provide cafeteria minerals to your herd, but it will also give you some new insights into how creatures choose what to eat.

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Mother Knows Best – Why Your Livestock Do What They Do

By   /  December 16, 2013  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Mother Knows Best – Why Your Livestock Do What They Do

We are used to thinking about forage type, nutrition and quantity as we raise our animals, but we overlook what animals might be learning from Mom and herd mates. Since what a young animal learns about food has life-long consequences, knowing more about this process can help us be more successful managers.

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