Try It Before You Buy It – Is That New Practice Worth the Investment?

As we mentioned in the first article in this series, one of the reasons we created On Pasture is that we wanted to share information that would help farmers and ranchers use the best tools and practices available. So we work hard checking if there is solid information demonstrating that a practice works, and then translating what scientists and other farmers and ranchers have learned into things you can use at your own place. We also want to help you find the information you need by showing you the processes we use to ask questions and find out answers so that you can do it too. One thing you can do is your own research. Start your research just the way all scientists do by looking for and reviewing what’s already out there. Like us you can start with Google or the search engine of your choice. We like to use Google Scholar, at That version of Google provides a clearinghouse of peer-reviewed research and many articles include access to those resources. Not all of these articles will be available to read for free. So look to the right of the search listing for PDFs of the articles you’re interested in. You can also look through On Pasture. We have published over one thousand articles, and continu

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2 thoughts on “Try It Before You Buy It – Is That New Practice Worth the Investment?

  1. G’day, you are so right,these days photo recording is so easy.You can use a simple spreadsheet to record days grazed and total grazing pressure for a single paddock over the 12 month period.Frank

  2. The tools and processes of good science can help us make observations without fooling ourselves.

    Holistic management suggests that when we make a decision, such as a decision to use a new product, that test that decision. It goes even further by suggesting that we assume we are wrong about that decision, because the easiest person to fool is ourselves.

    In other words become a detective to find if somebody (maybe you) is trying to hoodwink you into believing something works. Usually it’s the emotional part of our own minds that hijacks the more rational part of our brains. Let your rational brain test your emotional brain through some experimentation.

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