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Grazing

Find out how to improve livestock production while maintaining the value of the soil and land.

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The Sage-Grouse Initiative (SGI) is one of our shining stars at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service; it’s become the model for voluntary, incentive-based conservation at its best.

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Consultants at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation work with livestock producers on ranch solutions related to their operations.

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Leasing of pastureland serves an important agricultural economic purpose. It allows a producer with limited capital to acquire the use of additional pasture without making a large capital purchase. At the same time, the landowner with available pasture obtains income from its utilization without becoming involved in the livestock business.

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In the event you haven’t noticed, making and feeding hay is the major expense of the cow-calf business. Studies from around the U.S. show that operators who make and feed less hay are more profitable.

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Keen observation is the foundation of a weed management program that works. Finding invaders early is important. Smaller infestations are cheaper to control. Eradication may be possible when caught early.

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The start of the growing season may be weeks away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about grazing and forage plans for the upcoming year.

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