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  • Jul 16, 2012

    U.S. Pasture, Range Conditions Dip Again

    Pasture and range condition for the week ending July 15 indicate that conditions continue to worsen. Overall, in 48 states for the week ending July 8, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service (NAAS) reports that 24% of states reported conditions as Very Poor, while 30% were regarded as Poor, and 28% as Fair. States categorized as Good and Excellent were 16% and 2%, respectively....More
  • Jun 12, 2012

    Manage Your Pastures 1

    Rotational grazing is a practice that was implemented on our ranch years ago. Making smaller paddocks and rotating our cows through each one helps to get the most out of our summer grasses. It requires little more than an electric fence and access to water in each paddock to make it work, and it results in less wasted grass, better recovery on each paddock and the most efficient use of available resources....More
  • Jun 8, 2012

    The Drought Dilemma 2

    The hard questions that cattlemen in some parts of the country had to answer last year are resurfacing in other regions this year. There is something particularly cruel about drought, because it works its damage in such an extended time frame....More
  • Apr 30, 2012

    What Is Good Grazing Management? 3

    In the April issue, I described four ecosystem functions: water cycle, mineral cycle, energy flow and biological succession. Our grazing management can have a profound effect on these functions, with the results either improving or diminishing the land’s health and productivity....More
  • Apr 27, 2012

    The Myth Of Managing For Drought 6

    Ranchers tend to be optimists by nature. You have to be, when two of the biggest drivers of your profitability are markets and weather – two factors that are largely out of your control. Hopes for spring and summer are shaping up in some quarters to be anxious ones, as some university specialists are already beginning to advise producers on preparing for drought....More

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