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What Makes a Really, Really Good Cow?

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

The best cow I ever bought was a real beauty. Her name was Miss Unaweep Rafter 145, and she came with some fancy registration papers and a bull calf at her side that my mother thought could be our next herd sire. I know old Unaweep was a good cow. She must have been – […]

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Are Your Livestock Genetics in Balance With Your Forage?

By   /  April 6, 2020  /  Livestock  /  1 Comment

Selection of production traits that exceed the capacity of the production environment may not increase output, but will increase costs. Now that is a very thought-provoking statement, but its meaning is not hard to understand. If you have bred for more and more production per animal and have not developed the pasture resources to support […]

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24th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

By   /  January 17, 2020  /    /  No Comments

Join more than 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states at this perennial winter conference for a cross-section of the region’s livestock production. Preview the conference schedule at https://24thannualvermontgrazingliv2020.sched.com/     The event takes place at the family-friendly Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT just off Interstate-91. The conference rate on overnight […]

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Western Kentucky Grazing Conference

By   /  October 31, 2019  /    /  No Comments

Kicking the Hay Habit: Optimizing Profitability Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jim Gerrish Agenda for October 31 7:30       Registration Opens (Sponsors and Silent Auction) 8:15      Welcome 8:30      Kicking the Hay Habit – Jim Gerrish, American GrazingLands Services, LLC 9:30      Livestock Genetics for Extended Grazing Systems – Gordon Jones, Red Hill Farms 10:00       Break, Silent Auction […]

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Breeding Matters

By   /  July 7, 2014  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Livestock, Pigs, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep  /  Comments Off on Breeding Matters

Like many of us in the business of grass-farming for livestock production, I have been preoccupied by a persistent question; Nature vs. Nurture, Breeding vs. Management, Genetics vs. Environment, all takes on the same dichotomy. Of course the answer is unequivocally, “YES.” The functionality of an animal for our particular purposes is absolutely the sum […]

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