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Add Your Event to the On Pasture Calendar

Here's our new calendar with a few events shown for January.

By   5 days ago

Learning Opportunities….sometimes they’re the result of mistakes we’ve made, but sometimes we can actually plan for them. We’d like to help you create PLANNED learning opportunities.  So we’re setting out to put up a new and improved calendar of grazing events. That way you can pick out opportunities to learn new things to add to your […]

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Survey Says….What You’re Saying About On Pasture

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By   2 weeks ago

One reader says, “The only reason I look forward to Monday is that On Pasture comes out on Tuesday!”

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Joy to the World, December’s Here!

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By   3 weeks ago

It’s the season of lists and of more errands than we thought possible, of finding last year’s stash of decorations and make new ones, and of sitting down to write the annual holiday card. Oh, that’s a chore to dread and love with equal measures. (If you get a card from us, we absolutely love writing […]

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Mayrav’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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By   3 weeks ago

Here’s Mayrav’s cookie recipe. She’s Rachel’s sister, and she bakes the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever tasted. 2 sticks of butter 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 3 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 tsp salt (1 1/2 – 2 cups of chocolate chips, nuts […]

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Hey, where’s the aisle for Thanksgiving? We’re getting two cases of gratitude, please!

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By   4 weeks ago

Dear Reader, Thank you. We just wanted to say that. Kathy and I have been publishing On Pasture for a year and a half, and it’s been a big journey. In case you missed the drama, since we started, Kathy fell and broke her face, Troy had a heart attack, and well, my drama included getting really […]

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It’s FREE and EASY! (And Comes With a Bumper Sticker) Help Us Keep On Pasture Growing

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By   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 months ago

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

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    Grazing Management View All →

    Grazing Sequentially vs. Pasture Skipping

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    By   5 days ago

    You can make better use of your forage by grazing it when it’s ready instead of going from pasture to pasture in a line.

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    Does Grazing Winter Stockpile Slow Spring Regrowth?

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    By   2 weeks ago

    It’s a good question and one that has come up as we follow Troy Bishopp through a fall and winter of custom grazing dairy heifers on stockpiled pasture. Fortunately, we’ve got answers!

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    Stockpile Grazing Progress Report 3 – Grazing Through Snow

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    By   3 weeks ago

    Editors Note: Troy Bishopp is sharing his progress this winter as he custom grazes dairy heifers on stockpiled pasture. If you’ve missed the first two articles in the series, here’s the first, and here’s the second. Here’s a summary of the last few weeks of grazing. You can follow week by week at his website. In the […]

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    Management-Intensive Grazing Is A Lifesaver

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    By   4 weeks ago

    Without being too dramatic this is a true statement. Management-Intensive Grazing without question is a lifesaver, and in our case it was the answer to problems that at the time we believed to be bigger than all of us. We were in the dairy business for 12 years. We started in 1977 and sold out […]

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    Grazing: Is it Art or Is It Science?

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    By   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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      Pasture Health View All →

      The Value of Leaving Some Forage in Pasture

      By   5 days ago

      “Waste not, Want Not,” right?  It’s what we learned when we were kids, and we’ve probably used it to our advantage in lots of cases.  But when it comes to forage in pasture, we may want to look at this old adage in a different way.  If you take all your forage, because you don’t […]

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      Improve Your Pastures and Soils With Radishes

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      By   2 weeks ago

      When this video starts, you might say to yourself “Precision Cover Cropping?! I do pasture!” But don’t turn it off! What this video has to tell us about soil fertility from cover crops is something that we can use in pasture to great benefit! And in only a couple of minutes. Dr. Joel Gruver of […]

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      World Soil Day

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      By   2 weeks ago

      December 5 is World Soil Day. And there are SO MANY WAYS to celebrate!

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      How to Pick the Right Lime for Your Pastures

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      By   3 weeks ago

      You did everything right. You sampled your soil, sent in the samples. Got the test results. Three cheers for you!! Now your soil test results say you need lime. Why?  Because the acidity of your soil is off, and when it’s off, plants have a harder time taking advantage of the nutrients in the soil, […]

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      What’s Your State’s Official Soil?

      Here's the profile for New York's state soil

      By   4 weeks ago

      Did you know that your state has an official soil?  Yes, just like the state flower, the state bird, and the state motto, each state has a soil.  It’s not a soil that is found throughout the state, but was chosen for its significance to human settlement.  In Arizona, the state soil is the Casa […]

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      Plants Beat Steel When It Comes To Reducing Soil Compaction

      Plant Beat Subsoilers to reduce compaction

      By   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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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        Livestock View All →

        What Do I Do If I Don’t Have Enough Winter Feed For My Livestock?

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        By   5 days ago

        Balancing market price, potential future demand, and the cost of feeding more mouths than you have feed for may lead to thinking about culling. Here are some thoughts to help you in making those kinds of decisions.

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        Breeding a Cow Herd to Fit Your Place

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        By   2 weeks ago

        You may not choose the same breed as Steve, but the process he used to create a cow herd for his place can be adapted to fit any operation, or species.

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        Cut Up Your Chickens to Make More Money

        The Neubergers are known for thinking outside the box.  In 1984 when Tom and Beth first fattened 3,500 geese the natural way, they found themselves without a market. They processed the geese and hit the road in a refrigerated bus. The Goosemobile was such a success that they’ve been traveling South Dakota ever since. Now they offer geese along with natural organic beef, pork, lamb, chicken, duck, flax, down comforters and feather pillows.

        By   3 weeks ago

        Tom and Ruth Neuberger run a free-range poultry operation on their farm in Canistota, South Dakota.  In search of additional income from their operation, they began looking at other value added products to serve their customers. What they learned through their SARE funded Farmer Rancher grant was that they could double the value of a whole bird […]

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        Lead Steers – Clifford and Buddy – Worth Their Weight in Feed

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        By   4 weeks ago

        Brains and leadership can be just as important to your operation as the product you’re growing.

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        Dairy Farming Without Grain

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        By   1 month 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   1 month 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

        This is the type of cow that will produce steers that grade very high and produce excellent Grass-fed Beef eating experience.

        By   2 months 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   2 months 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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          Money Matters View All →

          Managing Culling To Improve Profit

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          By   5 days ago

          A little adjustment to breeding timing and to what we call animals when we sell them, can put more money in our pockets.

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          Handle Your Meat With Care

          Believe it or not, beef marrow bones are one of our biggest sellers on the farm. Ironically, we have a hard time keeping them in ‘stock’.

          By   2 weeks ago

          Here’s an important Public Service Announcement from Heritage Hollow Farms about how to take care of your packaged, frozen meat so that it doesn’t get freezer burn.  Share the instructions with your customers so that the meat they buy from you is the same high quality coming out of their freezer that it was when […]

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          Stop the Presses! MIG More Profitable Than Conventional Dairy Farming!

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          By   3 weeks ago

          If you’re a dairy farmer you’ll want to know that even if your gross income per cow is smaller, your overall profitability is greater. If you’re not into dairy, you’ll still be interested in improved animal health for grazing animals vs confinement.

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          How to Buy Happiness

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          By   4 weeks ago

          You know that popular saying “Money can’t buy happiness.”  Well, Michael Norton says that’s wrong. He says “If you think money can’t’ buy happiness, you’re not spending it right.” He backs this up with research that demonstrates that when people buy the right things they’re actually happier.  Not only does buying the right things create […]

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          Build Your Own Beef Marketing Cooperative

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          By   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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            The Dead Toad Frog

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            By   5 days ago

            The yellow jackets were the target. The rest was collateral damage. It’s something to consider when deciding what to do about a problem.

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            Stress Can’t Kill You Unless You Believe It Can

            Stress and Cardiovascular Health

            By   2 weeks ago

            We want all our On Pasture readers to live long and prosper, so we’re sharing this life-saving advice from a health psychologist.  In this short TED video, Kelly McGonigal shares some of the science behind stress and why we thought it could kill us.  Then she shares new research that shows if you understand that the […]

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            Gift Ideas for the Farmers and Ranchers In Your Life

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            By   3 weeks ago

            It’s that time of year when we’re all trying to figure out a gift that fits the person we’re buying for and that shares the message, “You’re special to me.” Here are some suggestions to make that easier.

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            Nothing Challenged My Readiness to Live in the US More Than a Chicken Sandwich

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            By   4 weeks ago

            The origins of this week’s Thanksgiving Holiday is a meal shared between natives and immigrants. So we thought it was fitting to share this story from someone new to the continent. Ali Shahidy is the first student from Afghanistan to study at Norwich University in Vermont. During his first days in the US he realized that all his English studies hadn’t prepare him for ordering a simple sandwich at the airport.

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            The Coming Revolution

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            By   1 month 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   1 month 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   2 months 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?

            As Bill points out, ever since we started farming, we've been trying to control plants and animals for three very good reasons:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

            By   2 months 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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              The Funnies View All →

              Snowmen Beware!

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              By   5 days ago

              If you’re building snowmen in your yard this season, consider having extra carrots on hand. You never know what might happen!

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              Pasture Snow Angels

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              By   2 weeks ago

              Have you checked out what your livestock are doing for fun in the pasture?  

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              Do You Answer the Phone When It Snows?

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              By   3 weeks ago

              Sometimes there are people you just don’t want to talk to.

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              Hunting for the Thanksgiving Turkey

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              By   4 weeks ago

              Just another person confused about where his food comes from…..

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              Confusing Road Signs

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              By   1 month 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   1 month ago

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

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              Star Wars Pig

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              By   2 months 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   2 months ago

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

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