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About Steve Freeman

Steve Freeman joined Forester Industries as a partner in 2005 after being one of the first customers to use the PasturePro post. He installed his first electric fence in the early 1980’s and implemented management intensive grazing in 1987. Presently, the operation is exclusively beef cattle, but in the past it has also included both goats and sheep. Steve is always happy to talk grazing practices, livestock raising and fence building.

What side of the fence are you on?

The amount of effort put out by some of us to debate and defend an outdated practice, that is set in our brain because “it’s the right way to do it”, can be surprising. For example, when building fence, which … Continue reading

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Mob Grazing in the Winter

I wrote an article about trying Ultra-High Density Grazing back in 2007. http://www.pasturepro.com/blog/2010/03/my-experience-with-ultra-high-density-grazing/   Still, as at that time, I’m not sure what defines Mob Grazing (MG) but have learned that it’s a much better marketing phrase than Ultra High Density … Continue reading

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Minimizing hazards for horses behind electric fences

Our farm is primarily stocked with cattle, but my wife and daughter have long had the equine bug and we have a “retirement village” for two of my daughter’s old show horses. These retirees, aged 17 and 26, both have … Continue reading

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One Wire Electric Fences

Often, up pops the question of how we keep baby calves within a one wire interior fence. My answer is, “we don’t”.  Now, to explain that answer in a little more detail, let me describe how we manage our cow … Continue reading

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Electrified Gate Ideas

It’s always interesting to see the different methods farmers come up with building electric fence gates. The choice for materials and design is large and of course it matters what kind of livestock is being contained in determining number of … Continue reading

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Building Electric Fence Gates

Rope Gate

Over the years we’ve tried numerous styles and materials in making our electric fence gates. Spring gates, bungy gates, high tensile wire and cord, but it seemed we never could find the right combination. The least successful gates occurred the … Continue reading

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Get rid of those crazy cows

One of my first jobs was working for a cattleman who enjoyed using Brahma bulls on different breeds of cows. Many of these cattle were raised on leased ground with little to no cross fencing or permanent corrals and they … Continue reading

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Biological control of Musk Thistles

After years of digging, mowing and occasionally using spray I wrote of our learning to  manage for and allowing musk thistle weevils to keep our thistles under control. http://www.pasturepro.com/blog/2010/06/controlling-musk-thistles-with-weevils/ Well after last years record setting drought the weevils have quite a … Continue reading

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Online grazing magazines

As many of us are doing, I’m slowly making the transition to reading my magazines online. I still best enjoy having a magazine or book in my hand but see the the benefits of receiving  my reading material online. I … Continue reading

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Wrap-around Corner Insulators

Driving 3″-4″ pipe for corner posts is quite popular in our area. It used to be our choice before we began using Hedge for our corner posts. Pipe can be driven even in rocky ground and will last at least … Continue reading

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