OrganicValley726x88

The Scoop View All →

The One Right Answer

By   4 days ago

When I was working for the Bureau of Land Management and stationed at Utah State University, a friend and I started an internship program called “Tehabi.” It gave students the background and experience they needed to work for land management agencies like the National Park Service, the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and helped […]

Read More →

Sometimes We Say Unpopular Things Because We Want You To Save Money

By   2 weeks ago

We started out the first two weeks of 2017 with two articles that we think are especially important. They are a continuation of Whit Hibbard’s myth-busting series about cattle handling systems. Last week he shared his findings that it’s a myth that shadows, chains, trash and other distractions necessarily prevent animals from moving through handling […]

Read More →

We’ve Got a New Article Category!

By   3 weeks ago

For the past three years we’ve had 7 article categories: Grazing Management, Pasture Health, Livestock, Money Matters, Consider This, the Funnies and the Scoop. Now we’re adding another one! While the category itself is new, the articles are from the On Pasture archives, so you might think of them as “oldies but goodies.”

Read More →

What Will You Read While We’re on Holiday Break? Here are Some Tips

By   1 month ago

It’s an On Pasture tradition for Kathy and Rachel to take off the last week of every year to spend  some time with our families. So this is our last issue for 2016. We’ll be back on January 3, 2017 with lots more great stuff for you. But we never leave you without something good […]

Read More →

Another Gift Suggestion: High Tech Cow Horns

By   1 month ago

Still searching for that special gift for that hard-to-please someone on your list? Kathy found the answer at the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson: iHorns! Frank Falk takes cow horns and turns them into amplifiers for cell phones with speakers on the bottom. The sound from my $20 cow horn iHorn fills my office […]

Read More →

Gift Giving Hacks

By   2 months ago

If you’re still wondering what you might give that farmer or rancher who has everything, here’s an On Pasture suggestion that kind of goes with this life hack: Give the Gift of Knowledge. 🙂 It’s easier than you might think. Conferences and Workshops! You can start by heading over to the On Pasture Events Calendar […]

Read More →

The Gift That Keeps on Giving – For the Person Who Has Everything

By   2 months ago

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly”…but sometimes when you’re trying to figure out just the right gift to give someone, jolly can be hard to come by. And then there’s the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday flood of ads and all the traffic and the search for parking spots, and figuring out how […]

Read More →

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!

By   2 months ago

For all of our international readers, this Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S. It’s a celebration of the harvest, and a time to count our blessings and thank everyone who contributed to all the good things in our lives. It’s celebrated with a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob […]

Read More →

    Grazing Management View All →

    How I Adapted My Grazing When the Weather Made Things Tough

    By   4 days ago

    When the weather gave Don and Betty Ashford lemons, they worked with what they had to extend a tough grazing season anyway, which is a lot better than lemonade! Don shares this story as an example of how you can do things differently, and hopes that you’ll share your stories too!

    Read More →

    Setting Up Fences and Water for Dairy Grazing – With a Little Help From Some Grants

    By   2 weeks ago

    In December we introduced you to Jonathan and Maryann Connor, owners of Providence Dairy in Addison, Vermont who are making the move to pasture-based dairying. Even if you’re not a dairy grazier there are some hints here about grant assistance that could work for your operation. Jonathan, Maryann are working with Cheryl Cesario, a Grazing […]

    Read More →

    The New Grazing Charts Are Here :-)The New Grazing Charts Are Here!

    By   3 weeks ago

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Troy sends out his grazing charts so we can prepare for the upcoming grazing season!

    Read More →

    On Becoming a Professional Grazier

    By   1 month ago

    Why in the world would you want to be a Grazier? Here are some upsides and some of the challenges.

    Read More →

    How to Get Started In the Cattle Business

    By   1 month ago

    The Louisiana Ranchers and Growers Association is putting together a series of instructional videos on raising cattle. The first one features On Pasture author Don Ashford. He and his wife Betty have been in the cattle business since 1956. With that many years behind him, he’s got a good idea of what works and what […]

    Read More →

    Is Swath Grazing for You?

    By   2 months ago

    You may not be swath grazing this year, but as you feed your livestock this winter, consider if this is something to try next year.

    Read More →

    Swath Grazing: Extending the grazing season

    By   2 months ago

    Producers are always looking to cut costs in livestock operations because of marginal profit opportunities in commodity based markets. One proposed way to cut fall/winter feeding costs is to extend the grazing season and allow the livestock to harvest the resource instead of relying on mechanical harvest. This will reduce the labor required to cut, […]

    Read More →

    Tennessee Farmer Creates Top-Notch Turkey Habitat While Improving Grazing Lands

    By   2 months ago

    When it comes to understanding and improving turkey habitat restoration, there are few more knowledgeable than farmer Chuck Borum in Pulaski, Tennessee. Borum bought a few hundred acres a decade ago with the intent of raising cattle, but with time, he saw how he could also establish top-notch turkey habitat. “Initially, we only had a […]

    Read More →

      Pasture Health View All →

      New Brush Control Philosophy Works for Ranchers

      By   4 days ago

      This is a good example of how changing our thinking can help us deal with brush economically and efficiently by using our tools to work with mother nature.

      Read More →

      It’s Cold! Time to Seed?

      By   2 weeks ago

      If you’re thinking of adding variety to your pasture here’s a good question and answer to help you think about timing and technique.

      Read More →

      Adding Quality Forage to Your Pasture

      By   3 weeks ago

      We asked Genevieve Slocum of Kings Agriseeds and On Pasture author to answer this recent question from an On Pasture reader: Is it possible to overseed alfalfa into existing permanent pasture? We have clover that is coming in but alfalfa greens up faster in spring, survives our summer heat and lasts longer in fall. I […]

      Read More →

      A Fungus in the Cold: When too much fall growth is a bad thing

      By   1 month ago

      Matting grasses, extra fall regrowth, and long stretches of snow cover = Snow Mold: a fungus among us.

      Read More →

      Nutritional Value of Stockpiled and Annual Forage

      By   1 month ago

      Grazing your herd through the winter on standing forages in pasture is one way to reduce costs and improve your bottom line. It avoids the expense of baling, moving feed and then feeding. But is the feed giving your livestock what they need to survive and thrive? Here’s some data from a variety of locations to […]

      Read More →

      Grazing Stockpiled Pasture How-Tos

      By   2 months ago

      Victor lives in Indiana where conditions are now perfect for grazing stockpiled pasture. No matter where you are, here are great tips for making the most of what you’ve got. When to Start If possible and practical, it is best to not start grazing stockpiled forage until it goes dormant. Until it goes dormant, every […]

      Read More →

      Conservation Reserve Program For Grasslands – Application Deadline 12/16/2016

      By   2 months ago

      The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was recently expanded to include Grasslands. It’s an effort to help landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland and pastureland while while still using them for grazing. Participants receive annual payments  of not more than 75% of the value of the land and cost-share assistance for contracts lasting between 14 […]

      Read More →

      Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

      By   2 months ago

      I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

      Read More →

        Livestock View All →

        Direct Marketing Lamb – A Pathway

        By   4 days ago

        When I was done reading this great new resource from ATTRA/NCAT I thought, “Wow! I could raise lamb AND be successful!”

        Read More →

        BudBoxes vs. Tub Systems: Which is Easier to Use?

        By   2 weeks ago

        Last week Whit busted the myth that distractions cause animals to balk in handling systems.  This week he address which handling systems work best. When asked about the differences between tubs and BudBoxes, Temple Grandin claims that BudBoxes are skill dependent, whereas the tubs are not. In other words, she believes that it takes less […]

        Read More →

        Are Distractions In Handling Pens the Real Reason Cattle Balk?

        By   3 weeks ago

        Whit Hibbard tests Temple Grandin’s theory that eliminating distractions like shadows and flapping tarps is critical to cattle moving smoothly through handling chutes. Here’s why he thinks the theory doesn’t hold up.

        Read More →

        Even Ruminants Don’t Like to Eat the Same Thing Over and Over Again

        By   1 month ago

        Kathy’s Note: You know the feeling – eating the same thing over and over again just gets old. In fact, I remember when I was living in Kodiak, Alaska I got so tired of eating Halibut every night, that no matter what new way I figured to fix it, some nights I just didn’t want […]

        Read More →

        How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

        By   1 month ago

        On Pasture recently received the following inquiry from a reader: With Bud Williams’ methods, is it possible to load cattle into a trailer in a pasture with no chute? If so, could you write an article on how this could be done? We had to load cattle onto a trailer recently since they escaped. We […]

        Read More →

        Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process

        By   2 months ago

        This is the first of a series of articles about the transition to grazing for Jonathan and Maryann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison, VT. We will cover the farmers’ decision making process, their goals, the planning process, funding, and implementation, along with successes and challenges faced. We look forward to readers’ comments and shared […]

        Read More →

        Nitrate Awareness: Is Your Herd Safe?

        By   2 months ago

        I just got the forage test results back from the lab and the nitrate score was 3,000. Am I in trouble? Every year I get multiple questions similar to this one. Unfortunately, with just this information I’m unable to give a useful answer. So – the first question I ask is “Was this reported as […]

        Read More →

        Heritage Turkeys – These Breeds Are a Tasty Alternative

        By   2 months ago

        Of the 200,000,000 turkeys that are raised annually, only about 25,000 are heritage breeds. The reason for this is economics. The modern hybrid variety (Broad Breasted Bronze or Giant White) grows much more quickly. It is ready for market at 14 to 16 weeks compared to 25 to 30 weeks for a heritage breed. That […]

        Read More →

          Money Matters View All →

          The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, (Part 1)

          By   4 days ago

          Ryan Sexson shares how his family is building their future by working with others to think differently about transferring a farm/ranch to the next generation.

          Read More →

          Changes to CRP Program Make it Easier to Transfer Land to the Next Generation

          By   2 weeks ago

          Beginning Jan. 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering an early termination opportunity for certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts in order to make it easier to transfer property to the next generation of farmers and ranchers, including family members. Normally if a landowner terminates a CRP contract early, they are required […]

          Read More →

          What’s Better For Tracking Finances – Quickbooks? Quicken?

          By   3 weeks ago

          If you’re like me, every year you think, “I resolve to keep better financial records,” and then maybe, like me, you get stuck because you’re not sure what to track and solving the accounting software issue just adds to the anxiety. So, let’s see if we can start out better in 2017 by checking in […]

          Read More →

          Weathering the Storm – Inventory Where You Are (Part 1)

          By   1 month ago

          Knowing what resources your operation has and the condition those resources are in is the first step toward figuring out how to make it through tough times.

          Read More →

          Planning to Weather the Economic Storm

          By   1 month ago

          This article comes to us courtesy of iGrow.org. What a difference three years can make, in 2013 cattle and crop prices were climbing to record highs. Agriculture and rural America was thriving on an unprecedented wave of record high prices for grain and livestock. Everyone knew it wouldn’t last forever, but the speed to which […]

          Read More →

          Conservation Easements FAQs

          By   2 months ago

          Conservation easements are a way to protect open lands such as farms and ranches, wildlife habitats, historic and cultural sites, and scenic vistas from development, while keeping them in private ownership. Conservation easements are flexible to meet the needs of the landowner, protect private property rights while providing compensation to landowners, and can be a […]

          Read More →

          Dairy Grazing Apprenticeships Are Great for Beginning and Established Farmers

          By   2 months ago

          For centuries, skilled trades have used apprenticeships to train the next generation and ensure that everyone meets standards that are good for the trade and good for the customers being served. Now Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is using this model to help new farmers entering the world of dairy production, and to support established farmers as […]

          Read More →

          Veterans Homestead Project Helps Vets Dealing With PTSD

          By   2 months ago

          Combat veterans returning from multiple deployments often find themselves withdrawing from civilian life and questioning even the very purpose of being alive. I am a 100% disabled combat veteran with Post Tramatic Stress Disorder having served 5 tours in the Gulf as a USAF Pararescueman (PJ). My partner Edit Aquarian and I found that digging […]

          Read More →

            Consider This View All →

            Re-engineering the White Footed Mouse to Prevent Lyme Disease

            By   4 days ago

            Dr. Kevin Esvelt is exploring a new solution to the problem of Lyme disease, and a new idea about transparency in the research process.

            Read More →

            Frosty the Snowman: Friend or Foe

            By   2 weeks ago

            Is winter good or bad for farmers and ranchers?

            Read More →

            The Key to Happiness

            By   3 weeks ago

            As you start the new year, here’s something to plan your resolutions around.

            Read More →

            Crossing the Creek

            By   1 month ago

            A dark night and a flooding creek could have spelled disaster. But instead, there was a miracle. Rachel and Kathy are thankful for our adoptive parents, Don and Betty Ashford, and for whatever happened that helped them cross the creek.

            Read More →

            No-Till and Partnering Cropping With Cattle Makes This Family Farm a Success

            By   1 month ago

            “Our grandfather broke the land, my Dad took everything out of it, and now it’s Monty’s and my job to put it back,” says Mike Cronin of Cronin Family Farms, this year’s winner, with Dan Forgey, of the Leopold Conservation Award in South Dakota. He and his family started that process by implementing no-till cropping in their farm […]

            Read More →

            A Coalition of Ranchers Protects Habitat, At-Risk Species, and a Way of Life

            By   2 months ago

            In the high desert of southern Arizona and New Mexico, almost a million acres of important habitats and nearly 30 at-risk species are being protected and conserved by a coalition of ranchers known as the “Malpai Borderlands Group.” They manage from “The Radical Center” a term coined by one of the group’s founders, rancher Bill […]

            Read More →

            Quivira Coalition Improves Rangelands and Prevents Fist Fights

            By   2 months ago

            The first week of November, Rachel and I took On Pasture to the Quivira Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico to meet people and expand On Pasture’s content to better serve our western readers. This great learning opportunity was best summed up by the last speaker, Lesli Allison of the Western Landowners Alliance. Having attended many […]

            Read More →

            Coming to the Table Creates Beneficial Solutions

            By   2 months ago

            According to legend, the first Thanksgiving in North America was celebrated when two very different peoples sat down together to eat and give thanks. The folks in this video are following in that tradition, coming to the table with government agencies and others to create solutions good for wildlife and for the people who make […]

            Read More →

              The Classic by NatGLC View All →

              How to Tell When Your Lamb/Steer is Finished

              By   4 days ago

              This article was originally published on March 31, 2014. We’re sharing it again so all our new readers have a chance to see it. It goes well with this week’s piece about the new ATTRA/NCAT How-To booklet by Dave Scott, “Direct Marketing Lamb – A Pathway.” If you raise cattle instead of lambs, here’s a […]

              Read More →

              Get Started With Your New Grazing Chart

              By   2 weeks ago

              This article was originally published in October of 2013. It’s got all the information you need to get started with your 2016 Grazing Charts. (Check out the link below to choose the one that’s right for you.) This question is certainly a good one because it’s the same one I pondered after receiving a free […]

              Read More →

              Troy Bishopp’s Free Grazing Chart Makes the Difference in Drought

              By   3 weeks ago

              Planning for all the grazing “What Ifs?” can be stressful. But with his grazing chart, Troy could easily track conditions on the ground so he could plan weeks ahead of when he actually needed to speed up or slow down his grazing rotation. It’s a great example of why you ought to check out his free grazing charts.

              Read More →

              From Our Archives – Orchestrating Diversified Livestock

              By   1 month ago

              This article was originally published in January of 2014 On old MacDonald’s Farm, there were all types of animals—here a moo, there an oink and over there a cluck, cluck—but managing multiple species and the pastures that support them in a forage-based environment is more akin to a complex symphony with you, the farmer, as […]

              Read More →

                The Funnies View All →

                Best Way to Use a Treadmill

                By   4 days ago

                If your treadmill has been sitting around not being used, here’s how to get started. Save

                Read More →

                Snowmen With Attitude

                By   2 weeks ago

                This week, On Pasture author Michael Harman wonders if Frosty is friend or foe. Here are some examples of snowmen that might have him wondering even more.     Save Save Save Save

                Read More →

                Wishing You Success With Your New Year’s Resolutions

                By   3 weeks ago

                Really, you’re fabulous just the way you are! Save

                Read More →

                Christmas Can Can

                By   1 month ago

                Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to you and yours! Thank you for being part of our Community!

                Read More →

                The 12 Days of Christmas

                By   1 month ago

                Like many things in life, this starts out so smooth and seemingly easy, and then over time it gets harder and harder to keep up. Hang in there! It gets better! Thanks to Rachel’s Mr. On Pasture for finding this for us!

                Read More →

                Gift Suggestions for Farmers and Ranchers That Will Make You Say “REALLY?!”

                By   2 months ago

                We googled “best gifts for farmers and ranchers” because we wanted to be helpful to you. We got these suggestions from a 2013 issue of “Modern Farmer.” You can tell by the prices that these are really top quality items.

                Read More →

                Decorating With Teasel

                By   2 months ago

                Maybe you’ll like this weed better if you make it part of your Holiday celebrations with these crafty solutions. Here it is as a replacement for mistletoe! Spray it green, poke the stems into a styrofoam cone, add ornaments and Ta Da! A Christmas Tree! Here’s a lighted version to give you another happy teasel […]

                Read More →

                Thanksgiving Day Adjustments

                By   2 months ago

                Don’t forget to do this before Turkey Day!

                Read More →
                  OrganicValley726x88