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Adapt or……

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By   1 day ago

This issue of On Pasture is all about adapting: • Feeding stock through the winter can be hard and expensive. Setting up your grazing plan so you can start stockpiling is a way of adapting so that you can have an easier winter. • One way to manage weeds is to try to get rid of […]

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Happy!

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By   1 week ago

This weekend my kids and I got to spend time with my Mom and Dad, siblings and their families in Maryland.  One of the highlights was a visit to Prigel’s Creamery for some ice cream.  If you’ll remember, we highlighted the farm in an article about successful dairying on pasture.  The flavor of the day […]

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Mud Season

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By   2 weeks ago

This is the season when spring, long-awaited, reminds us that with every season there is some discomfort. So, though we may damn mud when we’re stuck in it, here’s a poem to remind us why we love it too.

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Which is the April Fools’ Story?

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By   3 weeks ago

I LOVE April Fools’ Day and all the little jokes that come with it.  One story I remember most vividly is one about Compost Tea done by National Public Radio back in the 90′s.  Only Compost Tea wasn’t something you sprayed on pastures.  It was something people actually drank!  They called it ComPostum, and it […]

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A Moving Experience

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By   4 weeks ago

On Pasture is headed to Tucson, or at least one of On Pasture’s editors is!  My husband, Peter Williams was selected as the Director of the Udall Foundation’s U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and will be beginning his new job the end of April. Moving wasn’t even on our radar 2 months ago, and […]

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The First Ever, Fun-to-Read Annual Report

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By   1 month ago

Hey! It’s On Pasture’s Birthday and we’re celebrating! From 0 to 326 articles in just 12 months, here’s a review of what we’ve accomplished with your help.

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Poetry to Get Us to Spring

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By   1 month ago

From a good friend, Rebecca Haskell, who expresses what we’re all feeling about this winter. Feel free to download it, print it, and post it in an inspirational spot, like your refrigerator, milking barn, or calving/kidding/lambing barn.

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Better Than Kissing A Pig.

Well, we're better than kissing a pig!

By   2 months ago

We’ve been working hard to make On Pasture something you’ll enjoy and something we can be proud of. Here’s what you’re telling us.

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Stockpiling Tall Fescue – Start Planning Now Because You’ll Need to Be Ready in July

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By   1 day ago

Spring has barely arrived, and some of you may not even have moved your animals to pasture. So why are we talking about stockpiling? Because as you’re putting your grazing plan together, knowing what you have to do to extend your grazing season will help you make sure you get there.

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Are You Over-Grazing: What’s in Your Plan?

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By   1 week ago

These conversations between an Advisor and a couple of graziers are great for insights into what you might be getting right or wrong.

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How Mob Grazing Works for Dairies in the Northeast

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By   2 weeks ago

Dairy farmers wanted to know how to implement this practice on their farms the authors took on the task of checking out how it works for farmers using it in Pennsylvania and New York.

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More Cows + Confusion and Disarray = Better Landscapes and an Improved Bottom-line

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By   3 weeks ago

It isn’t easy managing cattle to rehabilitate landscapes because mother nature is chaotic. Here are Bob Budd’s philosophies on making it work.

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Grazing Profitably With A Cherry on Top

A cow at the Prigels' Bellevale Farm contemplates life. Can't be too bad, since ice cream is involved- made just across the road from the milking parlor.

By   4 weeks ago

Bobby Prigel smiles a lot. He’s a guy  you’d want to sit down and have a drink with while you swap stories. He’s fun, and kind, and friendly, and, well, just that kind of guy. He’d probably even smile as he told you about the six figure lawyer bills his farm has racked up, or […]

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Twenty years of grazing profitably, inside and outside the box

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By   1 month ago

Ron Holter is one of the smartest farmers you could meet. He thinks things through to create the life he wants. Now his dairy cows eat no grain, aren’t high producing, and he has time to take a nap just about every day. Here’s how he makes a good living in spite of (or because of) all this.

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Successfully Making the Switch to Pasture-Based Dairying

Click to download the full 14 page booklet.  It's full of great examples and advice.

By   1 month ago

Twenty years ago, two Maryland dairy farmers started grazing when no one around them was doing it. Here’s how it worked for them, and their suggestions for those considering the switch.

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Cattle Without Legs?!

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By   2 months ago

Meg Grzeskiewicz is back with a two part series on genetics and forage for raising great beef. Here’s Part I – Animal Genetics and Management. (Meg’s own legless cattle will be born this coming June!)

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Is Rancher’s Success Against Ragweed Really a Win?

Actually, I didn't have to teach my trainees to eat ragweed.  I taught them to eat diffuse knapweed, and from there they began taste testing everything else in their pastures, until they ate a little of everything and a lot of the most nutritious stuff.

By   1 day ago

Yes, you can use equipment, herbicides and fertilizers to reduce your weeds and increase your grasses in pasture. But is it really cost-effective? Just a thought – maybe if your livestock ate nutritious weeds, everyone’s life would be easier.

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What to Do About Your Broomsedge Now

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By   1 week ago

You can make headway and it’s not that hard. Go for it!

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Grazing to Grow Better Pasture

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By   2 weeks ago

Though you may not have the same grass species described in this article, you’re sure to get some information about how grazing affects plant rooting depth, shading, and nutrient distribution and some good ideas about how to manage your grazing to get the results you’d like.

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Samsung Electronics Announces Availability of Eco Trees

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By   3 weeks ago

Samsung Electronics announced Eco Trees, a smart, eco-friendly air purifier that runs on solar energy, for a richer, sustainable, healthier life. Air Fresh SMART Eco Trees intake CO2 and release oxygen to support a healthier environment. In the process it also uses a natural filtering system to eliminate pollutants. Eco Trees also help keep the humidity […]

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What Should I Do About My Pasture Weeds?

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By   4 weeks ago

Those aren’t “weeds” you’re seeing. That’s great alternative forage! So why not take advantage of it this spring. It’s even on sale.

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Grazing Profitably With A Cherry on Top

A cow at the Prigels' Bellevale Farm contemplates life. Can't be too bad, since ice cream is involved- made just across the road from the milking parlor.

By   4 weeks ago

Bobby Prigel smiles a lot. He’s a guy  you’d want to sit down and have a drink with while you swap stories. He’s fun, and kind, and friendly, and, well, just that kind of guy. He’d probably even smile as he told you about the six figure lawyer bills his farm has racked up, or […]

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Weed-Training Frequently Asked Questions

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By   4 weeks ago

Here’s where you can post your questions about training livestock to eat weeds.  This is a great place to come if you’re just getting started or you’re in the middle of your own training and you’re not sure that things are going right. I’ll get you going with answers to a couple questions I frequently […]

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Cattle Without Legs?! Part II – Forage Recovery and Allocation

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By   1 month ago

In Part I, Meg described how breeding for stocky cattle makes sense and dollars. Now she describes the forage part of creating legless cattle and a better bottom line.

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How to Raise Pigs on Pasture

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By   1 day ago

Forrest Pritchard has been through several versions of raising pigs on pasture. Here he shares versions 1.0 – 3.0 with the benefits and drawbacks he found along the way.

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4 Rules + 1 For Being A Successful Dairy Farmer

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By   1 day ago

No matter what you raise on pasture, you can always learn something from a farmer like Lyle Edwards who has pushed through hard times and worked to create a good life for his livestock and his family.

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Build a “Bud Box” to Make Livestock Handling a Breeze

Here's the Bud Box you'll see in the video below.

By   1 week ago

The term “Bud Box” describes the kind of handling facility preferred by low-stress livestock handling expert Bud Williams. By moving animals quietly and standing in the right spot, you can quickly and easily move animals into a chute for treatment, weighing or loading. Here’s information on how to build your own, including a video showing how it works.

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Got Pigs? Take Precautions Against PEDV Now!

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By   1 week ago

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDV) has been found in many states. Here’s what you need to know to protect your pigs and profits.

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Using Livestock Behavior Makes Improving Landscapes Easier

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By   2 weeks ago

In Part II of this series summarizing Bob Budd’s lessons learned, he describes how understanding and using an animal’s natural behavior makes it easier to move them and use them to improve landscapes and create habitat.

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Laying Hands on Them – How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished

In addition to the video on the technique, this free downloadable fact sheet can get you started quickly.  Just click!

By   3 weeks ago

You’ve got the tools right there are the ends of your arms to help you figure out when your lamb is ready for market. Here NCAT’s Dave Scott tells you how to use them.

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Cattle Handling Pointers

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By   4 weeks ago

Rick Machen and Ron Gill of Texas A&M share 5 basic principles of cattle behavior and turn them into ten handling pointers to help you become a better low-stress cattle handler.

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The Cost of Thin Cows

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By   4 weeks ago

Skinny cows may look better in bikinis, but in the beef business that’s not really how we measure success. Economic losses from thin cows can be substantial.  As the graph below shows, the thinner the cow, the less likely she is to become pregnant.  While weaning weight may not always be a good measure of […]

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4 Rules + 1 For Being A Successful Dairy Farmer

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By   1 day ago

No matter what you raise on pasture, you can always learn something from a farmer like Lyle Edwards who has pushed through hard times and worked to create a good life for his livestock and his family.

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Ten Tips for Making Tax Day Easier

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By   1 week ago

Yes, it’s that special day of the year:  the deadline for signing on the dotted line and sending off your paperwork to the IRS and your state department of revenue.  If you’re like me, every year, you say “Next year, I’m going to be more organized, so that this isn’t such a pain in my […]

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Low-Stress = More Forage and Higher Weaning Weights

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By   2 weeks ago

Faced with a reduction in grazing use along streams and riparian areas, a rancher implements low-stress herding and finds the effort is well worth it.

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Turn Cow Dung Into Vanilla

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By   3 weeks ago

Yes, you can spread your manure over your pastures and create fertile soil. But if you’re thinking of diversifying what you produce, perhaps you want to collect a little for your own use, and turn it into vanilla!

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The Cost of Thin Cows

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By   4 weeks ago

Skinny cows may look better in bikinis, but in the beef business that’s not really how we measure success. Economic losses from thin cows can be substantial.  As the graph below shows, the thinner the cow, the less likely she is to become pregnant.  While weaning weight may not always be a good measure of […]

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Building a Sustainable Business – It’s Free!

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By   1 month ago

OK – we’ve covered business planning in a number of articles and from a number of perspectives.  Why?  Because we know that business planning is important and because everybody responds to different processes.  So if we keep on trying, we’re bound to find something that works for you (and for us, frankly). With that in […]

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The Value of Well-Managed Pasture in Today’s Economy

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By   1 month ago

How much does your pasture add to your bottom line? It’s money in your pocket and free time on your hands.

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Risk Sharing Implications for Today’s CSA Farm

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By   2 months ago

Considering a CSA? Here, Mark shares different CSA options and how they distribute risk among the farmer and the consumer so you can figure out what could work for you.

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Scientists Preventing Climate Change From Taking Away Our Beer

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By   1 day ago

Not only do droughts brought on by climate change reduce barley production, they also change the makeup of the grains themselves.  Both those things are problems for beer making.  The first reduces supplies critical to the brewing process, and the second affects the fermentation process which alters the beer’s taste.  Now scientists worldwide are figuring […]

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Got Pigs? Take Precautions Against PEDV Now!

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By   1 week ago

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDV) has been found in many states. Here’s what you need to know to protect your pigs and profits.

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Milk! For Strong Bones and Death

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By   2 weeks ago

With the conversation about raw milk heating up recently (no pun intended), and more legislation being introduced to allow it to be sold at the state and local level, we’ve been wondering about the history of pasteurization and why it became legislated in the first place.  Sometimes the reasons we do things get lost once […]

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Excre-Meat: A New Use for Sewage Sludge

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By   3 weeks ago

Japanese researchers find a new use for excess sewage sludge: they turn it into MEAT! Is this another option for how we might feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit our planet in the future?

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Are You Kidding?

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By   4 weeks ago

Here’s a Kickstarter project your On Pasture editors are interested in, so we thought we’d share it with you too.  ”Are You Kidding” is a book and a stuffed toy dreamed up by Steph Alloso in response to her curious daughter’s questions about where babies come from, and inspired by the goats at their small […]

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The Answers to the Questions You Ask This Time of Year

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By   1 month ago

When should I turn my livestock into pasture? What should I look for in my plants to know when it’s time to move the herd to a new pasture?

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Feeding 9 Billion People High-Quality Protein

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By   1 month ago

There are lots of folks worrying about this problem, wondering how agriculture today is going to be able to feed everyone in the future. The solution may not be the agriculture of today, but something much different and outside our box.

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How to Use a Paper Towel

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By   2 months ago

We’re all interested in saving money AND our natural resources, so here’s a really good, and easy to do change we can make.

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Acrobatic String Players!

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By   1 day ago

Incredible Talent, Excellent Presentation
If you like good music… actually just watch this, it’s short, you’ll smile, enjoy it, & maybe laugh.

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Cows vs. Willie Nelson

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By   1 week ago

When the cows win, we all win!

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DIY Leather Sofa

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By   2 weeks ago

Ikea’s instructions are always so clear that anyone can put anything together!

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The Towel Dance

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By   3 weeks ago

April Fools! Les Beaux Freres (The Handsome Brothers) currently perform with the Cirque du Soleil. Here you can see them dancing with towels, and not much else.

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Bovine Helpline

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By   4 weeks ago

Really, it is a good question!

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Spring Has Sprung! Don’t You Feel Like This?

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By   1 month ago

Thanks to Spud Edwards for sharing this video with us. It’s cows heading out to pasture after a long winter. They even dance to “It’s a Beautiful Day!” Hooray!

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Love Your Tattoo, Man!

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By   1 month ago

Breed specific tattoos – this one really works!

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