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Fences Grow More Grass

By   /  May 25, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Fences Grow More Grass

Shannon Carmichael thought her husband Bart was crazy when he started fencing the ranch first to half sections and then to quarter sections. “This is not how things are supposed to be done. We ride out, we gather, we calve cattle.” But as the pasture sizes began shrinking, she realized that there was a lot […]

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Rotational Grazing System Increases Profit and Resilience

By   /  May 4, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on Rotational Grazing System Increases Profit and Resilience

“With rotational grazing, what really turned me onto it and got me into it was, honestly, the economic value of it, obviously in dollar signs. I was thinking, “Oh, if we do rotational grazing I automatically should be able to put so many more pairs on a piece of pasture. That’s true to a certain […]

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Video Tour of an Award Winning Ranch

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Consider This  /  Comments Off on Video Tour of an Award Winning Ranch

In 2011, Todd Mortenson and his family were recognized with the Leopold Conservation Award for their sustainable ranching practices, including rotational grazing, riparian restoration and wildlife conservation.  Todd is the 3rd generation of his family to on this South Dakota ranch and in this video tour he describes some of the practices that have made them […]

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Losing Without Warning

By   /  October 21, 2013  /  Consider This  /  3 Comments

Full disclosure time: I’m from the east. The west operates on a scale that seems kind of foreign to me. Eastern sizes are in the tens, and western sizes – from miles to head of cattle to acreage – run in the hundreds. My father-in-law is from the west, though, and when we were on […]

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