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What Size Cow Is Right for Grass-Finishing?

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Marketing, Money Matters  /  2 Comments

One of our On Pasture readers sent us this question: I would like to know what size I should be buying cows in order to grass finish before slaughter. I know grass fed beef is different than grain fed beef. Can you help? Since John Marble frequents sale barns for some of the stock on […]

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Your Role In A Better Tenant Landlord Relationship

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Leasing Pasture, Money Matters  /  1 Comment

We have had very good results with keeping long land leases by focusing on keeping good landlord relationships. This article is going to review our practices that have been very successful in keeping our leased land. I will also review some of the mistakes that we have made in the past that resulted in us […]

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A Radical Homemaker’s Take on Investing

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Money Matters  /  No Comments

I received a phone call recently from someone in the media, who introduced himself by way of exclaiming “Is it true that you have a family of four and live on less than $45,000 per year? And if so, how is that POSSIBLE?” I answered his questions, then hung up and ran my latest financial […]

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Manure and Bedding Composting for Energy and Fertilizer

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Forage, Money Matters, Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

University of New Hampshire researcher John Aber has been using a Northeast SARE Agroecosystems award to explore the waste streams and energy cycles on an organic dairy farm. The purpose of his research is to help dairy farmers take advantage of manure, bedding, and waste hay by turning it into energy and fertilizer for the […]

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A Guide to Farming Friendly Solar

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Ecosystem Services, Grazing Management, Money Matters  /  Comments Off on A Guide to Farming Friendly Solar

As Vermont continues to seek to invest in sustainable energy, interest in on-farm solar generation has grown. (It’s probably no surprise that some of the attributes that make land good for farming also can make it desirable for solar arrays.)  For many communities, this has raised concerns about loss of valuable farm land and impacts […]

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