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A Summer Visit to Greg and Jan Judy’s Green Pastures Farm

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Greg Judy is known for innovative farming and for sharing how he used leased land and mob grazing to go from barely making it to being able to retire early from his in-town job and be a successful, full-time farmer. He sent us these videos of what’s happening in one of his Eastern Gramma grass pastures, why he and Jan choose South Poll Cattle, and then gives us a quick look at his pastured pigs.

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Greg Judy in PastureThis morning at Green Pastures Farm, Greg talks about his Eastern gamagrass pasture. This is a good hot weather forage, though it doesn’t hold up well for winter stockpile. He has 240 head on this 1.5 – 2 acre pasture, or about 75,000 to 100,000 pounds per acre. He moves the herd twice a day, ensuring that they only graze the tops of the grass. He’s found this to the best way to graze because it helps maintain forage for his animals even in drought. As you watch the video you’ll be able to get a better idea of his cattle and the pasture quality.  He’ll also share how often he moves the cattle.

Green Pastures Farm raises South Poll cattle. His herd has the genetics to grow and finish on grass. Here he shows one of his bulls, a steer and a cow and describes their attributes and how their breeding program focuses on animals that will do well in his operation.

The Judys also raise pastured pigs. These Berkshire hogs have no flies and are very clean because they’re moved from pasture to pasture. Enjoy!

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Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1400 acres of leased land that includes 11 farms. Their successful custom grazing business is founded on holistic, high-density, planned grazing. They run cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, stockers, a hair sheep flock, a goat herd, and Tamworth pigs. They also direct market grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. Greg's popularity as a speaker and author comes from his willingness to describe how anyone can use his grazing techniques to create lush forage, a sustainable environment and a successful business.

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  1. bill elkins says:

    Hey Greg- I like the videos!
    I have a question – True to your predictions of increased biodiversity after third year, I now have (among several other newbies) two solid patches of Johnson Grass in one paddock. At a distance they look like large square bales, ie very dense and about 5 ft high, probably rhizomatous. I never saw it before.
    I like the idea of a new warm season forage, but worry about its reputation as a vicious invader. Probably herbicide resistant, so I suspect grazing will be best way to control it, but also might spread it??
    My other invader, Canadian Thistle, which is not new and is a favored forage for my cows is also spreading as dense rhizomatous patches. Because it’s so popular, it gets selectively grazed and manured, and thus too is cause for concern. Pls. advise. thanks- Bill Elkins

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