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“Since we’ve been doing a better job of rotating and alternating cattle and sheep, we see a lot less parasite issues — less bottle jaw, less anemia, a lot less parasite-related morbidity and mortality.” – Markus Wand

One plus one equals more than two

These producers grazing sheep and cattle together can make the pasture and the animals more productive

When Ontario grazier Markus Wand hit on the idea of adding sheep to the family’s Northern Ontario cow-calf operation, parents Klaus and Ursula Wand weren’t too keen. “I think it was outside my dad’s comfort zone,” Markus says. Seventeen years later, sheep fit the two-generation farm like a well-worn wool sweater (or maybe a flock […] Read more

Pegged to the ground with bent rebar, the exclusion cages are strong enough to shield the grass inside, even while cattle scratch themselves on the cage.

Putting science into grass management

The Grazing Response Index scores foliage removal, grazing period and recovery time

When it came out of Colorado in the 1990s, the Grazing Response Index (GRI) was strictly at home on the range. Now Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Jodie Horvath says that, with a few tweaks, the grass management tool can help graziers on Western Canada’s tame pastures, too. “When you’re a farmer, a lot of things feel […] Read more