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By   4 days ago

We need your help, and it doesn’t involve money – just 3 to 4 minutes of your time. (Really. We timed it!) Just answer the 9 questions on this survey.  They’re the questions we get asked by advertisers and underwriters (see below) who want to know who’s reading On Pasture, so that they know they’re […]

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With Gratitude to Those Who Serve

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By   2 weeks ago

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I want to tell you about my husband. He was a Marine guarding the US. Embassy in Niger (West Africa) when we met. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the capital for a couple of days to submit reports. That night I would have stayed in, but it was […]

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Breakfast With A Talking Cat

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By   3 weeks ago

I taught my cat to talk. Now I’m paying the price.

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Breeding Goes Viral

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By   4 weeks ago

Here’s what happens when you share. It’s a good thing!

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What did one octopus say to the other?

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By   1 month ago

Will you hold my hand, my hand, my hand, my hand, my hand, my hand, my hand, my hand? Walking home from school the other day, the littlest one was riding in the stroller, and she reached out her hand to her brother. She didn’t say a word, and neither did he. He just held […]

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The Drinks That Fuel Us

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By   1 month ago

We all have a beverage of some kind that gets us up in the morning and keeps us running at top speed through the day. Here’s what does it for the On Pasture Editors: Rachel:  Tea. Hot cocoa. Steamed milk with Honey. More Tea. Kathy:  1 cup of 1/2 caf Coffee in the a.m. P.M […]

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Monkey Bread, Cricket Brownies, Fried Larvae and Horse Nettle = A Perfect Trip!

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By   2 months ago

I spent the last week of September in  Louisiana.  Dr. Alan DeRamus of the University of Louisiana invited me there to talk to farmers about how to teach their livestock to eat weeds.  It was an outstanding trip and here’s why: Great food I ate Monkey Bread for the first time, and that was just one of […]

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You’ll Bring Your Own Hot Dog to Your Sister’s Because You Won’t Eat Her Cooking, But You’ll Stand By Her Forever

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By   2 months ago

This week’s article about cooperative farming/ranching frameworks reminded us that helping each other and working together is in our blood.  None of us would have made it without our clan. In the late 1800s Kathy’s great-grandpa Voth came from the Ukraine to Newton, Kansas, a young boy arriving at a train station with nothing but a few coins in […]

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Grazing: Is it Art or Is It Science?

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By   4 days ago

True grazing artists understand that when things aren’t going as planned, or Mother Nature gives you a surprise, you don’t give up on science. You just remix your paint.

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Stockpile Grazing Progress Report 1

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By   2 weeks ago

Editors Note:  Troy Bishopp custom grazes organic dairy heifers.  He is letting us all follow along this fall and winter as they graze stockpiled feed.  It’s a chance to see how his plan compares to what actually happens on the ground, and to learn from his challenges, mistakes and successes.  He hopes that we can all […]

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Strip Grazing Stockpiled Forages

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By   3 weeks ago

As we follow Troy Bishopp’s progress grazing stockpile this fall and winter, you might have questions about the specifics of setting up paddocks. Steve Freeman has some great answers.

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Grazing Stockpiled Forage: When Planning Meets Reality

The herd returned from the pasture we rent at Wightman Farm on October 17, so the experiment has already begun.

By   4 weeks ago

Stockpiling forage and grazing through the winter – great idea, right? But sometimes you don’t want to be the first one to try a great, new idea. That’s where The Grass Whisperer, Troy Bishopp, comes in. He’s starting to graze his stockpile now and he’s going to take you through the season with him. You’ll get to see first hand how it works, the challenges he faces, and how he makes it work.

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How to Set Up Paddocks For Managed Grazing

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By   1 month ago

Managed grazing means gaining more control of your grazing. When we built our first grazing system 25 years ago, portable fencing using reels and polywire were not part of the equation. Not that there wasn’t polywire and reels, just that I didn’t see how they could work!  Every time we wanted to gain more control over […]

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One Wire Electric Fences Make Managing and Teaching Calves Easy

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By   1 month ago

As you’re thinking about next year’s grazing season, here’s a fencing technique to work into your system. Easy for you, easy for your calves!

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Early Weaning – A Good Bet For Producers in Drought-Stricken Areas

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By   2 months ago

Here’s something to think about this winter as you’re planning for next year’s weaning. Who knew that early weaned steers gain better?! That’s just one of the things ARS scientists found when they looked at early weaning as an alternative when forage is limited.

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Mob Grazing in the Winter – A Good Time to Start

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By   2 months ago

We began using MG way back in the early 90′s during the winter with stockpiled fescue on rented farms. Each year we came to trust more and more what we were doing until we eventually sold all of our hay equipment. One of the best decision we’ve ever made. It was the key to making […]

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Plants Beat Steel When It Comes To Reducing Soil Compaction

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By   4 days ago

Alan Sundermeier, a researcher at Ohio State University says, “You can’t solve your problems with steel.  Even with a subsoiler that may have minimal surface disturbance, it’s really not solving the problem. We’re seeing that soil structure can be better solved by using natural rooting systems through cover crops.” In this video you’ll see the […]

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Winterizing Your Grazing Facilities

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By   2 weeks ago

Hopefully we’re not too late getting this to you. But even if you’ve seen the first flakes of winter, it’s not too late to make sure you’re ready for all the flakes to come.

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Life and Soil Minerals

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By   3 weeks ago

Since the beginning of agriculture, successful farming has meant the extraction of minerals from soil as plants grow. A relatively small world population and a vast agricultural frontier made this seem a problem of minor consideration and until relatively recently, Planet Earth seemed infinite! However, today many health professionals agree that even human health relates to […]

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Louisiana Cows Eat Horsenettle

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By   4 weeks ago

If cows in Louisiana can eat Horsenettle, why not your herd. Here’s what you need to know about the plant with links ot how to train your own cows.

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Don’t let your pasture rust. Fight Puccinia.

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By   1 month ago

Puccinia, a.k.a. rust, is a problem in pastures all over. Researchers are fighting it, and you can help!

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Cover Crops + Livestock = Winning!

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By   1 month ago

Well-known grazier Gabe Brown shares his five steps for healthy soil and how using them on his farm has made him successful.

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You’re Already Doing Research – Now Here’s How To Make It Pay.

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By   2 months ago

Trying out a new technique may make you money. Or it might just cost a bundle. Here’s how you can figure out the answers to all your pasture questions – on your own pasture. And it’s just in time to help you if you’re thinking of getting a SARE grant to cover the costs!

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Pasture Management: Perennial or Annual Forages?

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By   2 months ago

One of the questions grazing farmers often ask are, what type of forages will grow well on their farms or, which will best suit their livestock?  It’s probably no surprise that the simple answer is “lots of them!” as opposed to one or two annuals. Thus, most grazing farmers should aim for as much forage […]

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Dairy Farming Without Grain

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By   4 days ago

In response to increasing demand for grass-fed dairy products from cows fed only forages, some organic milk buyers are now paying a premium for this “Grassmilk”. In addition, many dairy farms direct marketing raw milk or farmstead cheeses are interested in zero grain dairying. But zero grain dairy farming is very challenging, so there are […]

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Sheep Managing Vineyards

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By   2 weeks ago

Sheep, herd dogs, guard dogs, how to manage them and what they cost, shearing and marketing wool, making money, saving money, and helping the environment – this8-minute, prize-winning video has it all!

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Breeding Matters Part IV: Culling for Fertility

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By   3 weeks ago

You can breed however you’d like. To be truly successful, breed for fertility, and breed for your farm. Morgan delves deeper into how.

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Can Animals Figure Out What Minerals They Need?

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By   4 weeks ago

Not only will this help you understand if you should provide cafeteria minerals to your herd, but it will also give you some new insights into how creatures choose what to eat.

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Breeding Matters III – Inbreeding vs. Line Breeding

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By   1 month ago

Confused about the difference? Here’s what separates the two “relatives.”

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Line Breeding is Good For Profit

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By   1 month ago

A couple months ago I wrote an article for On Pasture called Breeding Matters. I briefly alluded to Line Breeding as a method of getting greater consistency and uniformity of type in one’s herd or flock. Many graziers I talk to essentially say, “So why should I care how my cattle are bred, or my […]

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Labeling Your Grass Fed Beef – Here’s What You Need To Make It Easy

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By   1 month ago

Grass Run Farms did the leg work to make it easier for you to put a label on your grass fed beef that helps show its value when compared with conventional beef.

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A Tale of Two Testes: The Boar Taint That Ain’t

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By   2 months ago

Woven Meadows Farm doesn’t castrate its pastured pork so boars grow faster and give more bacon. Here’s what they’ve found out about meat taint and preventing it, along with some information about pasturing bulls, rams and bucks too.

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Build Your Own Beef Marketing Cooperative

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By   4 days ago

Business is booming for members of the Adirondack Grazers Beef Cooperative. Working together to market their product in the big city has meant that payments to farmers for their beef is up 115% and herd size has grown 55%.

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Marketing Beef for Small-Scale Producers

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By   2 weeks ago

If you are a small‐scale producer, direct marketing your beef in halves, quarters, and bundles is the best way to be profitable. Here, Mike Lorentz and Arion Thiboumery give you answers to questions customers might ask, and tips for bundling your product and getting going with direct marketing.

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“Where’s the beef?”: Explaining to Your Customers That the Butcher Didn’t Keep It

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By   3 weeks ago

The difference between live weight, hanging weight, and what a customer takes to the freezer can lead to confusion. Here’s a resource you can use to create the right expectations for your customers.

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Confusing Labor Laws Lead to Trouble for Farm Employers

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By   4 weeks ago

Misunderstandings and confusion over definitions of different kinds of labor occurring on farms has cost some farmers money. A closer look at the regulations doesn’t bring a lot more clarity. So, what’s a farmer/rancher to do?

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Changes to Microloan Program Benefit Beginning and Family Farmers

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By   1 month ago

The Farm Service Agency now offers loans from $35,000 – $50,000 and has made important changes in who is eligible. It could be you! Here’s a breakdown of the changes and how you can share suggestions to make the program even better.

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Labeling Your Grass Fed Beef – Here’s What You Need To Make It Easy

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By   1 month ago

Grass Run Farms did the leg work to make it easier for you to put a label on your grass fed beef that helps show its value when compared with conventional beef.

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How to Farm Successfully

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By   2 months ago

These are the five steps that Forrest Pritchard used to turn his family’s farm into a money making venture. It’s more than just the numbers, it’s about the love of doing what you do. (With a movie clip!)

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Cooperative Farming/Ranching – Frameworks for Working Together

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By   2 months ago

Working together can make things easier and better, especially if you know how to set yourselves up for success. Here’s a resource that will make that a lot easier to do!

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The Coming Revolution

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By   4 days ago

What will cover crops do for us? Here are some thoughts from Chip Hines

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Because It Just Happens

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By   2 weeks ago

Where does change come from? And how does it happen?

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Petey – A Lead Steer’s Story

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By   3 weeks ago

We all have a story about an animal on our place that was more than just livestock, but was a part of the family. Here’s the story of Petey the lead steer and how much he brought to the Ashford farm.

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Should GMO Foods Be Labeled?

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By   4 weeks ago

Here’s an interesting look at an aspect of GMO foods and their labeling from a whole new perspective: the potential impact on the circle of life.

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Farm Hats Make the Man

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By   1 month ago

Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man”.  I wholeheartedly agree, however when it comes to working on the land, the farm hat is a close second to complete a jean-wearing ensemble for both men and women. Today I’m feeling remorseful because I’ve amassed too many caps to fit in my closet and have to choose […]

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Watch Farmland, the Documentary, Free For The Next Three Weeks

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By   1 month ago

Academy Award winning director James Moll’s documentary “Farmland” takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, all responsible for running their farming businesses.  It’s aimed at everyone who has never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or talked to the people who grow and raise their food.  But […]

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Trying My Patience

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By   2 months ago

Everybody who works with animals has these kinds of days. When you’re having one of them, maybe it will help to remember this story.

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Lard Can Actually Be GOOD For You

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By   2 months ago

Why do we make oat cakes, empanadas and pie crust with lard at Smith Meadows Kitchen? After listening to NPR’s story “Who Killed Lard?” and many questions from Smith Meadows customers, it seemed important to address this.  First lard makes for an incredible, flaky crumble of a taste experience in your mouth.  Second it is because it […]

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Confusing Road Signs

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By   4 days ago

Here’s the translation for this one to help you next time you see it.

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Holy of Holies

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By   2 weeks ago

Where does Heaven keep its cows, mackerels and ……?

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Star Wars Pig

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By   3 weeks ago

Do you think this pig is as wise as what he has on his forehead?

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Decorating for Hallowe’en

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By   4 weeks ago

Are you tired of carving jack’o’lanterns?  Here’s a risqué take on decorating with pumpkins!

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Fun With Chickens

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By   1 month ago

When I was kid, chickens were always whole. When I was given the chore of washing them off and cutting them up, I always took the opportunity to dance them around the kitchen first like strange, headless people.  I never thought of doing this with them. Option 1.   Option 2.

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Hunting Safety Notice

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By   1 month ago

Is it bad grammar?  Or is this county trying to send a message to some of its residents?

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We Are Farming! Parody of Pharrell Williams “Happy”

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By   2 months ago

Even if you’ve never heard the original, you’ll enjoy this music video from Farmer Derek Klingenberg. Dance around now! Tablet Users – check it out here.

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No Sitter?

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By   2 months ago

Troy shared this on his Facebook page and now he’s sharing it with us!  

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