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Twice a week for the last month, we have helped Ira and Seth with the rotational grazing project by collecting fecal and forage samples from 24 calves on 12, one-acre paddocks. The goal is to gather information about what the cattle eat and how plant communities respond in different grazing situations.
Conner and I got off to an early start this morning, along with Noble Livestock Consultant Bryan Nichols, Agricultural Economist Dan Childs and Research Associate Josh Gaskamp. When 5 a.m. rolled around, we loaded up in the car and made our way toward Combine, Texas.
Courtney Hemphill and Alyssa Sheppard talk about the importance of animal welfare to farmers and ranchers.
As my time at the Noble Research Institute comes to an end, I can't help but think back on all I have had the opportunity to do this summer.