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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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10. Anticipate muddy or icy conditions

Cattle can do tremendous damage to muddy or frozen wheat/rye pasture by trampling it.

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Fall can be a critical period in the lives of desirable pasture plants. While it is common thought that plants that appear to be dormant can be grazed “to the ground” without hurting anything, perception is far from the truth.

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I constantly encounter ranchers, conservationists and even professional range managers who are more than a bit confused by some grazing semantics.

Particularly by the concepts of overgrazing, overutilization and over-resting.

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Editors note: Click here to read the first of this two part series.

No story of the American West can be told without including a strong sense of place. Is landscape a determinant? What about weather and its much older cousin, climate?

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Editors note: Click here to read the second of this two part series. Haying equipment on the Jones Ranch has stood idle for six seasons. The 12,000-acre spread is a grassland experiment that demands intense management and labor but no baler – just cows.

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I grew up in 4-H and I assume many of those reading this also have 4-H experience.

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