Minimizing Drama: Kick Diva Cows Out

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It is winter in much of the west.  The snow is blowing.  The temperature registers in the low teens without the wind-chill.  As my granddad would say, “It’s colder than brass toilet seat on the shady side of a snowdrift”. What are your plans for the day?  If the snow is deep and/or the windchill low you will feed the… Read more »

Feeding the World–Part 1

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Note:  This post is relatively different that what I usually write about, however it is something that I am interested in.  In this blog I have remained fairly open and unbiased, and I will try to continue this through the next few posting.  This post is the first in a series that I will be doing on food production and… Read more »

Flexible Livestock Herd Systems

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Having a flexible herd system is beneficial for livestock managers, especially in times of drought or other disaster.  Many times, because of tradition, producers will select the least flexible, most stable herd system–typically a reproductive herd which then sells weanlings. However this may not be sustainable for the rangeland resource or the livestock herd itself. Rangeland should be used to… Read more »

Agriculture Loves Snow–Do you?

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As I look out my office window here in Douglas, Wyoming the first snow of the season is falling.  Most people recognize that snow is important for many reasons.  It fills rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.  They also may know that melting snow can also soak into the ground contributing to soil moisture available for plant growth and aquifer recharge. … Read more »

Rangeland Soils & Healthy Plants

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I am sure you are all aware that the soil is the foundation for all plant life on Wyoming rangelands.  But did you know that the health of those plant subsequently affects the health of the soil?  It is one giant circle—the circle of life. In the fall rangeland grasses begin to go dormant. Growth that was not consumed by… Read more »