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The Answers to the Questions You Ask This Time of Year


It’s time to start the cycle of turning sunshine into money and no matter how many Springs you’ve seen, these same questions pop up every year.  We’ve gotten so many new readers since we started in March of 2013, that you may not have seen the really great answers to these questions.  So here you go:

When should I turn my livestock into pasture?

Things are getting green, and if you’re been feeding for the winter, you’re as excited as your livestock to get back on pasture.  Here’s  a quick walk into the pasture with Jason Rowntree who shows how we know if it’s time to let our grazers out.  It’s a 3 minute video that helps you make sure you’re not jumping the gun.

What should I look for in my plants to know when it’s time to move the herd to a new pasture?

Here’s some background that will help you create a few good “Rules of Thumb” to help you make good grazing decisions.  Ed Rayburn tells us how we can turn sunshine into money by understanding how plants grow.  It sounds complicated, but when he breaks it down for us like this, you’ll see why something as simple as moving animals mid-day or early afternoon makes a difference.  Then he describes how to look at your forage to make sure you’re doing the best you can to collect more sunshine to grow more grass.  In the last article in this series, he describes how to put it all together under rotational grazing.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. A quick guide for those in the Northeast and Midwest: chances are that if the snow is up to your knees or deeper, it’s probably too early to start grazing.

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