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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learn how to maximize your productivity and uptime.  These articles include practical information and customer success stories, plus news on animal, range and pasture management trends and challenges facing North American producers today. 

 

 

Recovering From Wildfires 161Recovering From Wildfires A little over a decade ago, Mike Greeley, along with his neighboring ranchers, teamed up to form Jordan Valley, Oregon's first Rural Fire Protection Association (RFPA). Forming an RFPA offered Greeley and his counterparts an opportunity to protect their rural properties in an area that might otherwise receive little to no fire protection for private lands.
International Crane Foundation Foils Predators with Electric Fences129International Crane Foundation Foils Predators with Electric FencesCranes rely on open freshwater wetlands for survival during most of their lifecycle. The loss and degradation of these kinds of habitats are among the most pressing threats to the survival of these huge birds. Another threat, of course, is the ever-present danger of predators such as raccoons and mink.
Least Tern Gets Most Out of a Gallagher Fence130Least Tern Gets Most Out of a Gallagher FenceThe Least Tern is a small bird, an endangered species that causes some big problems because it likes to nest in hostile environments. Protecting them from predators usually means taking some drastic steps.
Gallagher Fence Plays Dr. Dolittle In Hollywood131Gallagher Fence Plays Dr. Dolittle In HollywoodWild Things Animal Rentals Inc. is a compound for wild and exotic animals which supplies trained animals for film, television, and live productions. You've seen their talented beasties in such films as Dr. Doolittle, Mighty Joe Young and The Lion King.
The Right Tools, Teamwork Help Beginning Farmers Get Their Start132The Right Tools, Teamwork Help Beginning Farmers Get Their StartFirst-generation farmers, Bryan Bonney and Dana Cadman of Tillsonburg, Ontario, were drawn to the cattle business by a love of the farming lifestyle and a desire to raise their children in a rural setting. They received their first shipment of cattle on their farm, known simply as Norfolk Cattle, in the early fall of 2013.
Good Records, Livestock Traceability Made Easy with Gallagher Weigh Systems133Good Records, Livestock Traceability Made Easy with Gallagher Weigh SystemsWhen it comes to keeping track of beef cattle, Ontario producer Tim Prior knows the value of good records.
Fencing Solutions Powered by Gallagher and the Sun134Fencing Solutions Powered by Gallagher and the SunTired of constantly fixing fence, Scott Akey did what some would consider unthinkable, he tore it out. All of it – to the tune of almost 50 acres of electric poly tape.
Stockpiling Forage an Economical Option to Extend Grazing Season135Stockpiling Forage an Economical Option to Extend Grazing SeasonStudies have shown time and again harvested feed costs are the largest expense of a livestock operation. To reduce these costs and help fill in the late fall and winter gaps in pasture forage availability, producers should consider strategies to extend the grazing season for their animals.
Alternative Approaches Help Rancher Graze Longer136Alternative Approaches Help Rancher Graze LongerRanching in northern climates brings with it a unique set of challenges. Extending the grazing season in these boreal locations where snow and ice can be major concerns takes grit and a willingness to do things a little differently.
Flexible Fencing Fit for Grazing18Flexible Fencing Fit for GrazingMove Your Fence Around Until the Cows Come Home
Breaking Ground on Winter Grazing19Breaking Ground on Winter GrazingMany producers have found great success utilizing portable fencing to graze corn fields, and significantly decrease winter feed costs.
Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times2Foraging Ahead Through Challenging Times​If there's one thing a cattle producer can count on, it's knowing they're going to face a challenge that's beyond their control.
Bear Fencing20Bear FencingBears of all kinds are a sometime dangerous nuisance around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and the national forests of northwestern Wyoming.
Overgrazing & Preventative Management Strategies21Overgrazing & Preventative Management StrategiesTo avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.
Weigh System Helps Cattle Producer Make Management Decisions22Weigh System Helps Cattle Producer Make Management DecisionsThere is an old saying that says you cannot manage what you do not measure. On a livestock operation where pounds of animal equate to dollars in the bank, this adage rings true.
Leading Horses to a More Energy Efficient Drink23Leading Horses to a More Energy Efficient DrinkDimmerman was able to put his E-Fount to the test when locally-based Connexus Energy asked Bunker Park Stables to participate in an energy efficient water fountain study.