The New Grazing Charts Are Here :-)The New Grazing Charts Are Here!

Our Grass Whisperer, Troy Bishopp, is enthusiastic about grazing. He knows that with a little planning we can all extend our grazing seasons, take better care of our forage, improve our soils and, best of all, improve our lives by making more time for family and even a vacation here and there. He also knows that planning doesn't come easily to all of us, so every year he updates the original charts he put together as part of a Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) project so you can use them as planning tools to make good grazing and good times happen at your place. Finally, because he knows that graziers come in all shapes and sizes, so do Troy's grazing charts. We're sure you'll find just what you need below. Let's take this step by step. 1. Pick out the chart below that works best for you, then click to download it. Some folks only need a grazing chart that runs from January to April. These charts are for you. Just pick the one that has enough paddocks to work for your operation, then click to download it. (You'll need Xcel or Numbers to be able to use the charts.) 10 paddock chart, April - January 20 paddock chart, April - January 30 paddock chart, April - January 40 paddock chart, April - January If you want to plan for an entire year these charts run from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017: 10 paddock chart, 12 months 20 paddock chart, 12 months 30 paddock chart, 12 months 40 paddock chart, 12 months 50 paddock chart, 12

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3 thoughts on “The New Grazing Charts Are Here :-)The New Grazing Charts Are Here!

  1. A couple of other things: I get my charts printed at Colgate University and at our Madison County Planning Department where I have built relationships with awesome people that are willing to work on various sizes to fit our customer’s needs. I have been told countless times that big box printing stores look at you cross-eyed when you bring a CD/travel drive with a template on it. One guy I know spent 40 bucks to “get” the size he needed. Generally conservation agencies have plotters but they too have been reluctant to experiment because they will ask, “who’s paying for this”. I suggest working with someone who gets it and doesn’t mind helping you create something that works and isn’t afraid of wasting a few pieces of paper trying. We do pay for this service and some initial set-up. Now it works like clockwork.

    Another related interest of mine is using OnPasture to tell your story of how you use the grazing chart to your benefit and showing us how you laid it out. Also it would be nice to showcase the other planning/monitoring grazing management tools like the grazing wedge, HM chart, PastureMap and others, homemade or not, so others may learn the decision-making “process” in how you battle the grazing season challenges. Thanks, GW

  2. Thank you Ladies for telling folks about this fairly simple tool, slash calendar.

    The good news is there are many ways to approach using this and or customizing it to fit users needs. Lawrence is happy using “his” version. I have a very detailed one from Fred Howard with a written narrative. Many Plain community farmers use them with colored pencils. Some use it for all field activities (row crops and pasture) on the farm. I see gardeners use each line for a particular veggie and track harvest and planting.

    There are many tracking tools like homemade journals, the grazing wedge, computer generated reports, HM’s chart, phone Apps to everything in between, that can and should be used to make decisions toward your goals. The point is to use something to plan, monitor and improve your operation. Don’t always keep it stored in your noggin as others may need to know.

    This chart, whether in paper form or excel form can bring agency generated plans to life instead of collecting dust on a shelf. This tool has allowed me to cut hours off my organic/nutrient management inspections by verifying what happened and what will happen which is great for the inspector and adds street cred when you’re talking to a consumer and showing them how detailed your management is in producing their product.

    The best part for me is this practical tool continues to gain traction because people are making it their own and taking pride in their thinking process. This has led to personal success stories by the hundreds with real consequences. From gaining a vacation to adding 10 more days of grazing worth 1000 bucks. And even cooler, someone comes up to me at an event and says, “Hey look at my grazing chart”. That is awesome and then I can learn more.

    As agency grazing planners/technical help dwindle because of funding cuts, we as customers must find ways to help ourselves and become more resilient. I’m convinced that these kinds of tools help with management intensive decisions. The cows already know what to do. It’s our job to provide the palate that respects the land, the critters, the next generations, ourselves and our financial well-being. Think more, linger more and enjoy life more in 2017.

    Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share the realities of grass farming. GW

    1. Troy, thank YOU for sharing this valuable tool, and your experience with it. We are so very excited to start off 2017 with the grazing chart! It’s been a great help to so many OP readers – THANK YOU!

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