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Getting Stuff for (Almost) Free With Non-Traditional Farm Business Ideas

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Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different, better result is the definition of insanity, right? That’s why, in looking at ways to get started farming and help current producers be more profitable, Meg started thinking outside the box. Here are some non-traditional solutions you’ll really like!

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Being a proficient grazier does not automatically mean your farm will be profitable. Production of
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About the author

I graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a degree in livestock management, and a minor in agribusiness. While at WVU, I won a statewide entrepreneurship competition with a patentable device I designed for video-assisted cattle artificial insemination. I then spent six months interning for grazing expert Greg Judy in Missouri. Now I run Rhinestone Cattle Consulting, helping new and experienced farmers build profitable mob grazing beef operations. I offer artificial insemination, electric fence building and graphic design services too. I'll travel anywhere in the 48 states for on-farm consulting and speaking at conferences.


  1. Mike Foate says:

    While I enjoy and learn from articles like these. Very rarely it seems is there information that applies specifically to the grazing lands of the desert west, Arizona for example. I could be wrong but much of the information w/ regard to grazing practices contained in onpasture does not seem to apply where my interest lays, grazing cattle in the desert.

    Thank you and very good article.

  2. Chip Hines says:

    Meg, you are telling it like it is! That people need to open their eyes and see everything differently!

    Looking forward to your next article.

  3. Gene Schriefer says:

    The grazing renaissance was born out of the 80 farm crisis and the ’88 drought. An initially promoted idea was L.I.S.A., low input sustainable ag. i.e. graze whatever and don’t spend a dime. What a disaster!

    This failure of LISA was not the low input portion but a failure to comprehend grass physiology and great (not adequate, not good, but great) pasture forage management.

  4. Don K. says:

    Very good article and you don’t need to be just starting out to apply these principles.

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