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Happy 60th Anniversary, Orie and Donna Voth

By   5 days ago

On Pasture exists, in part, because of how my parents raised me. Here’s what they taught me along the way.

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Tell Us What You Want, What You Really, Really Want!

By   2 weeks ago

As we head into our fifth year, we’re continuing to grow, and we’re focusing on serving the On Pasture Community in some new ways. But we need your help to make sure that we’re giving you what you really want. So here’s where we’re headed, and how you can guide us. Beginning Farmers and Ranchers […]

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Steps to Prosperous Entrepreneurship – Real Simple

By   3 weeks ago

Rachel started Monday morning with her annual physical and the flu. Like all trips to the doctor’s office, this one involved some time in the waiting room, checking out reading material that we don’t ordinarily see. In this case it was Real Simple magazine and an article with nine steps on how to start a […]

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The New Sign of Our Times

By   4 weeks ago

You can fix pretty much anything with duct tape and baling twine. December of 2015, Kathy and I put up our very first On Pasture sign at the National Grazing Lands Conference in Texas with a bunch of tape, some pins, and some PVC pipe. The whole kit and caboodle ran us about $30, and […]

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Making Our Website Work For You

By   1 month ago

Since we can’t look over your shoulder and see how the website is working for you, it’s hard to know what to make better. We’d love to hear from you about the good and the bad.

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The One Right Answer

By   1 month 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 […]

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

By   2 months 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 […]

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We’ve Got a New Article Category!

By   2 months 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.”

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    Mob Grazing With Charlie Totten

    By   5 days ago

    Take a pasture walk with Charlie and Tanya Totten to see how mob grazing is working for them.

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    Winter Grazing Through Extreme Cold and Deep Snow

    By   2 weeks ago

    One of the biggest challenges farmers and ranchers face is feeding their livestock through winter. It can be costly and time consuming. But as the seventeen ranchers in this video series demonstrate, bale, swath or corn grazing on pasture is a way to make the winter more profitable while freeing up a lot of time. […]

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    Extending the Grazing Season With Bamboo

    By   3 weeks ago

    Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield, New York is experimenting with Bamboo as a forage to extend their grazing season. Here’s the ins and outs of their field trial along with some video of cows grazing bamboo in a snowy pasture.

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    More Farmers Are Winter Grazing

    By   4 weeks ago

    This story comes to us from Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. In working on this story, reporter Caroline Abels contacted us at On Pasture to find out more about winter grazing and interviewed two On Pasture authors, Troy Bishopp and Jim Gerrish. After an early season […]

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    Before You Dive Into Grazing….

    By   1 month ago

    If you’re considering starting a grazing enterprise, here are some steps to prevent belly flops.

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    How I Adapted My Grazing When the Weather Made Things Tough

    By   1 month 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!

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

    By   2 months 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 […]

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

    By   2 months 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!

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      Nurse Your Forage Seeding For Success

      By   5 days ago

      I caught up with Jeff Rasawehr of Center Seeds the other day to learn about why he likes to add “nurse crops” when he’s seeding in a new pasture or hay field. A nurse crop for forage plantings is an annual that gives forage plants an extra boost as they’re getting started. The nurse crop […]

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      A Walk in the Rain Tells You A Lot About Your Pasture’s Health

      By   2 weeks ago

      Is your soil and forage healthy and absorbing rain and moisture? Grab your raincoat and talk a walk with Victor Shelton to see what your pasture tells you.

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      Frost Seeding Now For a Better Pasture This Summer

      By   3 weeks ago

      Its a good time of year to get the seeds on the ground so they have enough time to get into the soil and won’t be eaten by other critters.

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      Extending the Grazing Season With Bamboo

      By   3 weeks ago

      Cairncrest Farm in West Winfield, New York is experimenting with Bamboo as a forage to extend their grazing season. Here’s the ins and outs of their field trial along with some video of cows grazing bamboo in a snowy pasture.

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      Surprising News About Deep Soil Carbon

      By   4 weeks ago

      The more we know about soil carbon, the better we can make it work for us. Here’s some great information to help us from the Agriculture Research Service.

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      Build Soils with Good Forage

      By   1 month ago

      Here’s how to manage your cover crops as a soil builder while taking advantage of forage.

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      New Brush Control Philosophy Works for Ranchers

      By   1 month 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.

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      It’s Cold! Time to Seed?

      By   2 months 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.

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        How to Grow a Goat Grazing Business Part 1

        By   5 days ago

        In 2004, I opened Rent-A-Ruminant LLC in Western Washington State. I started with a handful of goats, no experience and not a clue how to start and run the business. There were only two of us goat rentals in the State of WA at the time. It was still a fledgling industry and took a […]

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        Winter Grazing Through Extreme Cold and Deep Snow

        By   2 weeks ago

        One of the biggest challenges farmers and ranchers face is feeding their livestock through winter. It can be costly and time consuming. But as the seventeen ranchers in this video series demonstrate, bale, swath or corn grazing on pasture is a way to make the winter more profitable while freeing up a lot of time. […]

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        Regulating the Sugar Intake of Horses on Pasture

        By   2 weeks ago

        Not long ago we got a question from a reader: “I am an equine conservationist in Maryland. I am working to promote rotational grazing for small horse property owners. I would really like to see some information about grass combinations for horses with insulin resistance and varieties that would allow for longer grazing times. We […]

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        Is Your Beef Finished? Use Frame and Body Condition Score to Find Out

        By   3 weeks ago

        These are helpful tips for figuring out if your animal will be well-marbled and tender while it’s still on the hoof.

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        Save Money By Not Overfeeding Protein

        By   4 weeks ago

        Reduce your feed bills by understanding the role TDN plays in getting the cow the protein she needs.

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        Save Calves from Scours

        By   1 month ago

        It’s a management problem – and solution. Here are the symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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        Direct Marketing Lamb – A Pathway

        By   1 month ago

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

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

        By   2 months 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 […]

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          Got Projects? Need Money? Maybe There’s Help

          By   5 days ago

          Are you looking around your farm or ranch this winter thinking about projects that need to be done to improve your operation? Are you also looking at your bank account and trying to figure out to stretch dollars to pay for projects that would reduce erosion, increase your forage, or help you better manage your […]

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          Tips For Staying Profitable In A Depressed Livestock Market

          By   2 weeks ago

          There has been quite a price change in the livestock world in the last two years. There has never been a time in recent history that cattle prices crashed as quickly as they did in the fall of 2015. Historically high prices were being paid for anything that looked like a cow. The new normal […]

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          Working Successfully With Your Meat Processor

          By   3 weeks ago

            Miscommunication is at the root of so many problems, including working successfully with meat processors. That’s why our friends at National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT/ATTRA) put together this fact sheet by Agriculture Specialist Linda Coffey. It covers things you can do to communicate better with your processor to solve the problems that so […]

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          Getting Ready for Farm Loan Renewal Time

          By   4 weeks ago

          Shortly before Christmas, I was watching a Christmas movie with my family about a farm family who was in jeopardy of losing the operation if they didn’t come up with the required payments by January 2. You can guess, as well as I did, that it was a Christmas miracle and the necessary funds were […]

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          The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, Part 2

          By   1 month ago

          Agreements are an important to your success building your enterprise. Here’s what’s worked for Ryan Sexson in Nebraska.

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          Before You Dive Into Grazing….

          By   1 month ago

          If you’re considering starting a grazing enterprise, here are some steps to prevent belly flops.

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

          By   1 month 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.

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

          By   2 months 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 […]

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            The Grazier’s Bookshelf

            By   5 days ago

            The icy hand of winter grasped my little valley just after Thanksgiving. After a fabulous grass-growing fall, the dark curtain fell, which meant I began watching the mailbox in earnest as winter is the time of year new books arrive, some of them about grazing. Recently I’ve written about steps people might take to explore […]

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            A Conservation Group That Loves Farmers and Ranchers

            By   2 weeks ago

            Since it’s Valentine’s Day, here’s a little love for all our readers.

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            Better Than Circling the Wagons

            By   3 weeks ago

            Circle the wagons… An expression “…traditionally used by 19th century American settlers traveling to the West in convoys of Conestoga wagons. When faced with attack, such as by hostile Native American tribes, the travelers would rapidly form a circle out of their wagons, bringing the [vulnerable]… to the center of the circle….This tactic was popularly […]

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            Herbivores Might Save Coral Reefs

            By   4 weeks ago

            We know that well-managed grazing can help maintain rangelands and wildlife habitat. Turns out grazing is important for coral reef survival too.

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            A Really Big Graphic Gives Perspective On Earth’s Temperature

            By   1 month ago

            The average temperature on earth has always had its ups and downs. Changes in the tilt of the earth’s axis, volcanic activity, changes in solar activity and more have all helped make the planet warmer and colder over time. During the Paleocene Earth was so warm that crocodiles swam above the Arctic Circle. Just 20,000 […]

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            Re-engineering the White Footed Mouse to Prevent Lyme Disease

            By   1 month 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.

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            Frosty the Snowman: Friend or Foe

            By   2 months ago

            Is winter good or bad for farmers and ranchers?

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            The Key to Happiness

            By   2 months ago

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

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              From Our Archives – Soil Saves Lives

              By   5 days ago

              Since you’re the protectors of one of our most important resources, we thought you’d appreciate this January 2014 story about soil’s contribution to medicine. In 1943, after 55 years of research and working in universities, Benjamin Duggar retired at the age of 71.  He turned down all the consulting offers that came his way, thinking […]

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              Fences and Management-intensive Grazing – Why Bother?

              By   2 weeks ago

              This article ran in February of 2016. We thought it would be helpful as you’re considering what you’ll do this coming spring. My friend, Bob Kinford, recently posed the following question during a conversation about grazing management alternatives. Recognize most of my operating experience is in high rainfall & irrigated environments while Bob comes from […]

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              How to Body Condition Score Your Beef Herd

              By   3 weeks ago

              This article was originally published in February of 2015. It comes to us from the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Beef website. Thanks to Dr. Rick Rasby for his excellent explanations! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom and check out the app that UNL created to help you practice your body condition scoring and […]

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              Ideas for Additions to Your Pasture Forages

              By   4 weeks ago

              This article first appeared in January of 2014. We hope these ideas from Jerry Doan will inspire you to consider what might work well in your pastures. With all the cold and snow many of us have been having, wouldn’t it be nice if we could just step out of it all and take a […]

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              Grazing Through January 1 – One Farmer’s Results

              By   1 month ago

              In 2015, Troy Bishopp took the On Pasture Community along for a look at winter grazing. Here’s the final chapter in that series. In it, Troy describes the results of making it through January 1, covering the economics, and benefits to the soil and the animals. (You can read whole series here.) Don’t forget that […]

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              How to Tell When Your Lamb/Steer is Finished

              By   1 month 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 […]

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              Get Started With Your New Grazing Chart

              By   2 months 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 […]

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

              By   2 months 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.

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                Who’s Destroying America Now? GOATS!

                By   5 days ago

                Back in October of 2014, Stephen Colbert broadcast this expose on the danger of goats taking over landscaping jobs across the country. It features our own Tammy Dunakin of Rent-A-Ruminant and her goats. You can get the real scoop on what she’s up to in this week’s Growing a Goat Grazing Business Part I. (Beware […]

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                Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

                By   2 weeks ago

                If you’ve got sheep or a manure spreader, here are some Valentine ideas for you! This Australian farmer had help from his 800 sheep to make a valentine in the field This fellow, well, manure was his art form: If you don’t have time for all that, choose one of these fine valentine’s. Click, print, […]

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                Ten Paraprosdokians to Tickle Your Brain

                By   3 weeks ago

                Paraprosdokian: a figure of speech where the latter part of the phrase is humorously surprising or unexpected and causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. Enjoy these 10! Save

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                How Many Sit-Ups Have You Done?

                By   4 weeks ago

                You’d think we’d have more to show for it.

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                This Farmer’s Got Moves

                By   1 month ago

                If you haven’t seen this viral video of Jay Lavery of Sharon Springs, NY dancing for his goats, then you’re missing out! Think you can’t do this? Here’s what Jay says on his Facebook page: “It’s that time of the year for the Lets Move Challenge. Dancing is how I stay warm in the barn […]

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                Best Way to Use a Treadmill

                By   1 month ago

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

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                Snowmen With Attitude

                By   2 months 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

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                Wishing You Success With Your New Year’s Resolutions

                By   2 months ago

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

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