Farmers and Ranchers Growing Together in 2018

The On Pasture community is all about learning and growing together. With that in mind, we’re kicking off 2018 with some articles that help us do just that. Here’s what we’ve got for you:

Matt Bomgardner shares his lessons learned and changes he made as he transitioned to pastured dairy.

Will Kearney has been looking at the prairie as a whole ecosystem and how our property boundaries affect prairie health and our success. In Part 4 this week he describes how cooperating across property lines, and a Stockshare, could make agriculture a winning proposition.

Working across boundaries is also part of working with fire to reduce brush, improve pastures, and create firesafe landscapes. Learn how to “Fire Up Your Beef Production” with this introduction to the benefits of fire. We’ll be covering this topic further in coming months.

We’re also celebrating one of our On Pasture authors, Troy Bishopp, who’s been advocating for grass farmers for over 3 decades. Read about his service award, and get links to his grazing charts and instructions for using them here.

Finally, we’d like to welcome Thousand Hills Cattle Company again, one of our long time sponsors and a great example of what can happen when producers work together towards the common goal of getting good beef into grocery stores. In addition to raising their own catle, Thousand Hills coordinates beef sales and distribution for farmers and ranchers who produce 100% grassfed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. Heads up to our Northeast producers: Thousand Hills is actively buying cattle in the Northeast for processing in Vermont. If you’re looking for a steady buyer for your fat cattle or need a market for your extra cattle beyond your direct marketing needs, check out their producer protocol and then give Matt a call at 612-366-0753. Thousand Hills also continues to purchase fat cattle in the Upper Midwest.

We’re really looking forward to this new year and all it could bring. If you have thoughts and suggestions about how On Pasture can make it a better year for you, do let us know!

Thanks for reading. We love being part of your team!

Kathy and Rachel

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