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Funnies, Friends and Fall Memories

Bramley seedling apples ready for picking. Photo courtesy of Markus Hagenlocher.

By   4 days ago

This week’s Funny reminds me of a friend not talked to in years. Dan Allen, are you out there? Not to give the joke away, Dan called the conglomeration of KFC and TacoBell a “cluster-bleep.” That was the first time I heard that phrase, and it seemed so apt. It works in other situations too, if […]

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It’s Football Season – Time for Responsibly-Sourced Meats!

A new reason to celebrate in the end zone! Grass-fed hotdogs and hamburgers!

By   2 weeks ago

From our friends at Animal Welfare Approved – here’s The Scoop on how St. Louis Rams fans will be eating the most sustainable, high-welfare hot dogs and burgers courtesy of Sportservice and former Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon’s Shire Gate Farm.

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All Forage Bull Test Gearing Up For Year 3

Beral of Wye, one of Morgan's fine bulls that has moved on to Kit Pharo's ranch.

By   3 weeks ago

I’m sending out this forward to let you all know in black and white about the Cornell All Forage Bull Test. This year there was a lot of producer input in the design of the test and a lot of feedback from previous consignors as to what data is economically important. Of course, many of […]

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Guitar duet, on one guitar

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By   4 weeks ago

You have to really know your partner when you play a duet, and this is especially true if you are sharing a single instrument. The minute we saw this video we realized, “That’s us!” Putting out a new issue of On Pasture every week looks a lot like two guitar players playing on a single guitar, each […]

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Electric fences make hilarious stories

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By   1 month ago

Good fences make good neighbors, but electric fences make hilarious stories. Rachel: Years ago, I heard this one, from a really neat guy named Bill Stout. This story was from when he was a kid. He and his cousins were messing around at their grandparents’ farm, and his cousin convinced him to pee on the […]

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Punching a gift horse in the mouth

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By   1 month ago

My husband and I have three kids. Two sons and a daughter. Two boys, and a girl. They are perfect children. Which means that they are at times, so kind and helpful, we sit back aghast that these well behaved children are ours. And then there are the other times, when one son walks up […]

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The Top of the To-Do List

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By   2 months ago

This weekend, I had a list of things to do as long as the zucchini I found in the garden. In other words, about two feet long. I did most of the things on the list, but didn’t get to one, and I’m going to do that one in a minute. The thing I didn’t […]

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Uh Oh! Plan B!

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By   2 months ago

What happens when life comes up against a business plan? You develop flexibility!

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Grazing Management View All →

Cattle and the Military Team Up to Protect Butterflies and the Prairie

Taylor's checkerspot butterfly. (Photo by Barna Aaron, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

By   4 days ago

This article comes to us from Washington State University. Think of it as an example of how you might work with partners to demonstrate how managed grazing can improve ecosystems and protect wildlife.

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Managing Grazing to Improve Stream Corridors Part II

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By   2 weeks ago

In Part I of this series, we looked at a variety of ways to create paddocks so that we could water livestock from streams while at the same time managing them to improve stream corridors.  But in some cases, using streams as a water source can lead to damage, or can prevent livestock from grazing […]

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A Great Grazing Systems Planning Guide

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By   3 weeks ago

From folks at University of Minnesota Extension, this guide helps you look at your pastures and your stock so you can develop your own grazing management plan or tweak the one you’ve got.

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Managed Grazing Can Improve Stream Corridors

Read the booklet that this article came from by clicking and downloading it now.

By   3 weeks ago

Exclusion of livestock from streams doesn’t always result in better conditions for fisheries and wildlife or prevent negative impacts to the environment. Here’s how livestock and animal impact can be used as needed to maintain healthy streams and riparian corridors.

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Does Pasture Reseeding Work?

One of Spud's cows enjoying the fruits of his labors.  Photo courtesy of Warren Schultz and the Rodale Institute.

By   4 weeks ago

It takes time and money, but the difference can boost your bottom line.

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Fast Facts – Electric Fence Safety

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By   1 month ago

These safety tips come to us from Rob DeClue of the Chenango County Soil and Water Conservation District and the New York Grazing Coaltion’s Grazette newsletter.

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Fixing Seasonal Electric Fencing Problems

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By   1 month ago

A season of managed grazing can be hard on your fences and changes in vegetation and soil moisture take their toll. Here are some suggestions for figuring out what’s wrong and fixing it.

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Fenceless Grazing

Here's a photo by Jornada ARS showing a cow wearing an early version of the DVF system.

By   2 months ago

If Dean Anderson of the USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range has his way, cows will wear these little “hats” that tell them where to go and we won’t have to build fences anymore!

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Pasture Health View All →

Weed Nutritional Values and Toxins

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By   4 days ago

Here’s a great, new resource to find out if your weed is a potentially valuable forage, or if it’s something that should be avoided.

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Catch the Soil Health Bug

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By   2 weeks ago

Here’s a little inspiration for you from Grasstravaganza 2014

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Socialize With Cows to Promote Soil Fertility

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By   2 weeks ago

When I studied Agronomy in Brazil, my grazing mentors recommended that farmers that walked in the paddock or grazing strips for a few minutes previous to movingvthe cows to a fresh pasture, might stimulate soil fertility. If you are wondering how this is possible, read on and I’ll try to explain. Before moving their animals, […]

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Managed Grazing Can Improve Stream Corridors

Read the booklet that this article came from by clicking and downloading it now.

By   3 weeks ago

Exclusion of livestock from streams doesn’t always result in better conditions for fisheries and wildlife or prevent negative impacts to the environment. Here’s how livestock and animal impact can be used as needed to maintain healthy streams and riparian corridors.

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Soil Health Explained

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By   4 weeks ago

The concept of “soil health” has received a lot of emphasis lately. The phrase shows up in magazines, it’s discussed at farmer meetings and in scholarly articles, research projects are designed to study it and federal programs attempt to promote it. Soil health is a crucial topic and it’s well worth all the attention. But […]

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Chomp Down on Chicory

How could you hate anything this pretty? Especially since it's good eating!

By   1 month ago

Great protein, grows well, and has tannins that help livestock deal with parasites. Plus, it’s pretty! What’s not to like about this forage?

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Got Trefoil?

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By   1 month ago

Here’s a great forage that you should think about for your pastures, what it can do for you, and how you can manage it best so it can do its job.

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How To Feed 9 Billion People With Healthy Soil: 7 Simple Steps!

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By   2 months ago

We talked with fellow soil enthusiasts Ray Archuleta and Jeff Rasawehr, and here’s what they have to say.

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Livestock View All →

Cow Efficiency

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By   4 days ago

When the cattle industry embarked on the performance race 40 plus years ago, two things happened. Weaning weights went up, which was the prime goal. It was assumed (Assume: To take for granted) that since we were selling pounds, more was better. It again was assumed that increased production per cow was good. We were […]

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Socialize With Cows to Promote Soil Fertility

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By   2 weeks ago

When I studied Agronomy in Brazil, my grazing mentors recommended that farmers that walked in the paddock or grazing strips for a few minutes previous to movingvthe cows to a fresh pasture, might stimulate soil fertility. If you are wondering how this is possible, read on and I’ll try to explain. Before moving their animals, […]

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Management-Intensive Grazing With Bison

Photo Courtesy of VermejoParkRanch.com

By   3 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to visit Mark Kossler when he was the manager of Turner Enterprises’ Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. The ranch was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. There was the natural beauty, and the beauty of how the ranch was managed, and the beauty of the mountain […]

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The Proof is in the Poop Pudding

All photos are by Jim Gerrish from the American Grazing Lands, LLC's post.

By   4 weeks ago

Want to know how much your cattle are gaining per day without weighing them? Here’s how looking at their manure will give you a pretty good idea.

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Stress Spreads: What’s Pee Got To Do With It?

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By   1 month ago

You may have noticed that whn a few animals get stressed, others do too, or that a normally calm group of animals just isn’t the same when you add a Nervous Nelly. Here’s what could be going on.

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A Cowboy, His Cows and Grizzly Bears

Collared grizzly bear. Photo courtesy of Paul Lazarski

By   1 month ago

Managing livestock means more than just dealing with the animals in our herds. It also means taking into account the animals that we live amongst. In some cases, grizzlies, and the humans who are there to protect them.

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Grass-fed Beef and Milk Is Healthier

The full title of this report is "Greener Pastures: How grass-fed beef and milk contribute to healthy eating.  You can download t by clicking here, or wait until next week when we share more results.

By   2 months ago

When a scientist says something works, or is better, it’s based on what research has demonstrated, or at least what it has demonstrated up to that point in time.  So when the Union of Concerned Scientists says that you can safely claim that grass-fed beef and milk is better than their conventionally raised counterparts, you can take […]

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Carrot or Stick – What’s the Best Way to Get Your Livestock to Do Something?

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By   2 months ago

The other day I was talking to a friend who was trying to figure out how to get her kid to quit yelling in the house.  One idea was to tell him that if he yelled he would lose Gamebox time.  But then, if he started out the day yelling, and he lost his game […]

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Money Matters View All →

Your Guide to Figuring the Right Farm Rental Rate

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By   4 days ago

Last week’s articles described how you can make more money leasing pasture, and shared a website that can help you find pasture to lease anywhere in the United States and Canada. Now, here’s how you can figure out what the right rental rate is.

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You Can Lease Land for Winter Grazing and Make More Money

Cattle grazed easily through this February storm that dropped just under 4 inches of snow.

By   2 weeks ago

At the end of his SARE-funded project looking at the possibility and profitability of winter grazing in the Northeast, farmer Ridge Shinn concluded that a farmer could afford to pay $100 per acre to lease pasture/hay land to graze during the winter and still spend less than the $500 dollars per acre it would cost to feed hay. For […]

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Getting Paid for Stewardship – Water Quality Trading

Illustration courtesy of the Bear River Watershed (http://bearriverinfo.org/htm/water-quality-trading/water-quality-trading-conclusions)

By   3 weeks ago

You’re probably already reaping the benefits of conservation practices on your operation like better soil, cleaner water, and bigger profits.  But what if you could be paid by others for improving water quality?  It’s a new idea, but one that may provide options for you. Water quality trading is a market-based approach to improving water […]

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Should You Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers?

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By   4 weeks ago

There are some pretty scary statistics out there about farm income and the difficulties of being profitable. But looked at another way, those same statistics give us interesting indicators of things we might do to swing the tide in favor of farmers and ranchers. On Pasture wants to help make a difference, and here’s how.

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How to Write a Letter/Resume When You Want to Lease Land

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By   1 month ago

If you want to start or expand your farming operation, making contact with a landowner is one of the first steps. Here are some tips about making that all important good first impression.

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Successful Selling at Farmers Markets

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By   1 month ago

Did you miss out on this year’s Farmers Markets?  Are you wondering if this is for you and what it takes to get started?  Or did you try out this sales venue and are looking for ways to improve your sales?  The answers to your questions can be found in Nada Haddad’s 12 page fact […]

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How To Start A Grass-Fed Beef Cooperative

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By   2 months ago

This is a work in progress. But if we all pitch in, it’s something that will help all of us who need the benefits of a good co-op.

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Grass-fed Beef and Milk Is Healthier

The full title of this report is "Greener Pastures: How grass-fed beef and milk contribute to healthy eating.  You can download t by clicking here, or wait until next week when we share more results.

By   2 months ago

When a scientist says something works, or is better, it’s based on what research has demonstrated, or at least what it has demonstrated up to that point in time.  So when the Union of Concerned Scientists says that you can safely claim that grass-fed beef and milk is better than their conventionally raised counterparts, you can take […]

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Video Tour of an Award Winning Ranch

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By   4 days ago

In 2011, Todd Mortenson and his family were recognized with the Leopold Conservation Award for their sustainable ranching practices, including rotational grazing, riparian restoration and wildlife conservation.  Todd is the 3rd generation of his family to on this South Dakota ranch and in this video tour he describes some of the practices that have made them […]

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Pasture Scout – Connecting Pasture Users With Pasture Owners

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By   2 weeks ago

There’s lots of information out there about how leasing pasture is a profitable way to expand your operation. Now here’s a place you can go to find the pasture you’re looking for.

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Eat more meat and save the world

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By   3 weeks ago

Allan Savory tells us that increasing livestock numbers can reduce desertification and reverse climate change – but where is the scientific evidence? In this article, the author describes what he found when he asked this question. We found it very interesting, and thought you would too. It’s sure to bring up some lively and worthwhile discussion, particularly around the idea of Holistic Management, its definition and how it is implemented.

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Soil Bacteria Might Make You Smarter

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By   4 weeks ago

There’s a lot of buzz lately about how a bacteria found in soil may help reduce depression. But that’s not the only thing dirt might be good for.  Additional research shows that same bacteria might even make us smarter. Let’s start with depression.  Based on results in lung cancer patients, who said their quality of […]

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Right to Farm – Should There Be a Law?

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By   1 month ago

All states have some kind of “right to farm” legislation but only two have amended their constitutions to include this kind of language. The first was North Dakota.  The latest is Missouri where, two weeks ago, about a third of registered voters turned out to approve the amendment by a slight margin of just 50.13% of the vote.  The […]

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Don’t chuck it, cook it!

Honest Weight, the food co-op here, offers up its imperfect food for cooking lessons, and for free.

By   1 month ago

Food waste – there’s a LOT Of it!  The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that 40% of of edible food goes to waste.  It’s trashed because it goes bad before we can eat it, or because it looks “odd.” Food waste makes up the largest proportion of the trash in our landfills, and as it rots it produces […]

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The Best Sandwich in the Universe

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By   2 months ago

A tomato and mayonnaise sandwich on store-bought white bread is the finest sandwich known to mankind. This is not up for debate, and the ingredients are not negotiable. Salt and pepper are permissible, but if you try to get schmancier than that, you’ll screw it all up, and your sandwich should be taken away from you until you learn to properly appreciate the simple perfection of this combination.

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Don’t Feed 9 Billion People. Feed the Soil.

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By   2 months ago

Tired of all that pressure? Here’s a solution that will take some of the load off, and still feed 9 Billion people.

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My Favorite Animal is Fried Chicken

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By   4 days ago

We all have favorite animals.  Sometimes saying so can get us in trouble!  

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What to do when your overalls get too tight

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By   2 weeks ago

This is an easy self-help solution that doesn’t require a diet or exercise.

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Beware of Chickens

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By   3 weeks ago

Safety first in the hen house!

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Tanning Tips For Vacationing Farmers

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By   4 weeks ago

Sunscreen is always a better choice than soaking up the sun.  But if you have to perfect your tan, here’s how.

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Touching an Electric Fence Experiment Ends As Expected

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By   1 month ago

Since we shared electric fence safety tips this week, we also thought you’d like this video demonstrating how an electric fence works.

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Bouncing Bison

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By   1 month ago

For our readers raising bison, reconsider giving them trampolines for exercise.

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5-year-old Hair Stylist

Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever

By   2 months ago

Have you laughed AND cried over the haircuts your kids give themselves or each other? Here’s an interview with two little girls about the haircut that went wrong.

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Cowaramarup in Cow Suits

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By   2 months ago

I don’t know which is funnier:  the name of this town, Cowaramarup, Australia, or that 1,352 people who live there dressed up in cow suits to achieve a new Guinness World Record. Sadly for those in Northern Virginia, this far outpaces their previous record of 470.  And the folks in Simcoe, Ontario who set the original […]

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