Category Archives: Managed Grazing

Grazing management: The essence of ranching

 Remember: fertilizer pays. Research has shown one pound of additional calf or yearling gain for every pound of nitrogen fertilizer applied to improved pastures. Actually, there is lots and lots of evidence to the contrary–especially with ultra high intensity grazing. … Continue reading

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Burke Teichert: Are you a low-input, high-management rancher?

The right cattle with low inputs will always be more profitable. That pretty much sums it up but I believe I’d add sound management that understands and implements “holistic” planning.  by Burke Teichert in Strategic Planning For The Ranch Low … Continue reading

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Grazing Series Part 2: Extensive vs. moderate grazing, effective cross-fencing & more

I’ll leave the nit picking up to you guys and only say that this is pretty much on target–especially considering that Amanda obviously does not completely understand what “real” planned grazing is all about. Notice I said “pretty much.” That’s … Continue reading

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Perception shift: Livestock to the rescue

Perhaps one day public opinion will align with what Allan Savory told farmers and ranchers in Chico: “You in the room are the most important people in the world.” And from the Western Livestock Journal, no less! Looks like the … Continue reading

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Perception shift: Livestock to the rescue

…the entire crowd seemed to erupt with applause each time certain concepts were brought up—concepts such as liberty, in dependence (sic), decentralization, self-sustaining systems, healthy food, healthy people, vibrant communities, and saving green open spaces. What ever happened to private … Continue reading

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4 Tips For Eliminating Weeds This Fall

Articles like this simultaneously amuse and infuriate me. It is so simple (if you understand planned grazing). Increase stock density to 1,ooo lbs/acre and leave them in the paddock long enough (and at the appropriate time of year) to take … Continue reading

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Out Here in The Middle

by Chris Gill at The Circle Ranch Out Here in The Middle is a short video about summer at the Circle Ranch, in the high-desert mountains of far-West Texas. It is just a presentation of some of the most scenic beauty … Continue reading

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NPR Suggests Cattle Degrade The Environment

It is a semi-true statement to say that “cattle” have damaged the environment. But only semi because it was not the cattle themselves that did it. In years past, it was the mismanagement of those cattle–not enough cattle on too much … Continue reading

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GRASSLANDS ARE HEALTHIEST WHEN THEY ARE GRAZED

by: Heather Smith Thomas via Cattle Today The periodic mowing stimulates new growth, and manure/urine from the grazing animals (and trampling of grass to provide litter) adds the necessary nutrients to the soil to make the grassland more productive.  Throughout … Continue reading

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The Highs And Lows Of The Cattle Business

These kinds of articles simultaneously amuse and frustrate me. They are amusing because they are so typical. They are frustrating because 99.9% of the “lows” are preventable. Here is a typical exchange: Client calls. “You gotta get out here, we’re … Continue reading

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