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Water, Minerals and Shade – Where Should You Put Them in Pasture?

By   /  June 1, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Water, Minerals and Shade – Where Should You Put Them in Pasture?

Water, mineral and shade – all are important to raising healthy livestock. They are also three things that your stock visit often so it’s important to balance convenience for the animal with the potential problems they can cause. For example, putting them all in one spot can encourage animals to stay in one place causing […]

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Copper Deficiency in Cattle Can Reduce Conception Rates

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Last week Beth Burritt wrote about animals ability to recognize and solve mineral deficiencies. She noted that mineral nutrition is extremely complex and that the amount of a particular mineral an animal will eat depends not only on the level of that mineral in the body but also on its interactions with other minerals. This […]

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Plants Feed Microbes to Get the Nutrients They Need

By   /  April 20, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

A few weeks ago we talked about how plants can adjust their root exudate to encourage microbes to provide them with more nutrients during times of stress. Today, we’re looking at another way that plants and microbes interact to ensure that plants get the nutrients they need from the soil. While plants can get carbon, […]

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The Best Treatments for Pinkeye

By   /  March 30, 2020  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on The Best Treatments for Pinkeye

This article was first published in April of 2018. I’ve updated it with information drawn from the comments readers shared when it was first published. When visiting Greg and Jan Judy a few weeks ago, I asked Greg “What do you do about pinkeye?” “We don’t treat it,” he said. “We found that if we […]

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A “Keep-It-Simple” Method for Getting Minerals to Your Herd

By   /  March 23, 2020  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on A “Keep-It-Simple” Method for Getting Minerals to Your Herd

From March of 2018, here’s a popular article on setting up a simple mineral supplement program. I recently sat in on a roundtable discussion about using mineral supplements on ranches that are practicing managed grazing. It turned out that even though it is well known that our region suffers from some serious soil deficiencies, most […]

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