Saturday, May 18, 2024
HomeNotes From KathyExcrement: Part of the Circle of Life

Excrement: Part of the Circle of Life

PowerBarJokeI am old enough to remember a world before “Power Bars.”

When they were first introduced, my co-workers at the Bureau of Land Management picked them up pretty quickly, using them as snacks that were easy to pack for the dignitaries we took on informational tours of the public lands we managed.  My good friend Brian Hopkins told me that he wanted to serve me my very first Power Bar so I would really enjoy it.  It was chocolate flavored and he prepped it out of my sight by warming it and rolling it into the shape of a piece of dog poop, and then serving it to me on a paper plate. This is how every BLM employee in my office was initiated to this new snack.

I later used Power Bars and this same sculpting technique to attract attention to my posters reminding public land visitors how to properly dispose of human waste. It’s funny to the little kid inside, and because we try to talk about that part of life as little as possible.

That brings us to this week’s articles. We didn’t actually plan to have 3 articles about poop and pee. It just kind of happened. We didn’t change it because it made our inner 6th graders giggle. Besides, each of the articles does just what we try to with On Pasture: translate research and experience into something you can use.

So this week you’ll learn about what nutrients your livestock manure actually has, you’ll see why mega-fauna manure is critical to a healthy planet, and then how, when you’re doing your best to control a full bladder, that might be the best time to make some decisions.

We hope the 6th grader in you gets a good giggle, and that the grown up appreciates the information.

Thanks for reading!

Kathy and Rachel


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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.

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