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Grazing for Soil Health

By   /  June 8, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  Comments Off on Grazing for Soil Health

Thanks to the folks with NRCS’s “Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health” for their part in developing this article. The abandoned cotton farm Terry and Deborah Chandler purchased was in need of a lot of care. The fields were¬† highly eroded, and the top soil was absent. Rebuilding soil health was the first thing on […]

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Patch Burning Means Fewer Fences, Better Grazing Management and Improved Wildlife Habitat

By   /  April 20, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  2 Comments

Ranchers on the tallgrass prairie traditionally burn their pastures each spring before summer grazing. After fire, plants grow more quickly, and the new growth is very nutritious. But the practice is problematic for migratory birds. It reduces nesting and feeding habitat just when they need it most. So, how can ranchers balance getting great forage […]

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This Ranch’s Grazing Management Improves Soil and Vegetation

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

The Bench Ranch has been using intensive, rotational grazing for at least 35 years and they have seen a change that includes more grass, healthy soils, and double the stocking rate the ranch used to carry. We add ideas for how you can follow in the ranch’s footsteps.

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Coming to the Table to Create Grazing Solutions That Work For Everyone

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning, Water quality  /  Comments Off on Coming to the Table to Create Grazing Solutions That Work For Everyone

According to legend, the first Thanksgiving in North America was celebrated when two very different peoples sat down together to eat and give thanks. The folks in this video are following in that tradition, coming to the table with government agencies and others to create solutions good for wildlife and for the people who make […]

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Cattle May Be the Last Hope for Saskatchewan Sage Grouse

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  Consider This, NRCS  /  Comments Off on Cattle May Be the Last Hope for Saskatchewan Sage Grouse

This 8:27 video takes us on a cattle drive with Miles Anderson, a rancher south of Fir Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada. On this day, he’s gathering and moving about 100 cow calf pairs onto the neighboring Grasslands National Park so they can graze and create habitat for the endangered sage grouse.   As we follow Miles […]

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