I (Kathy) got to spend a couple days with Greg and Jan Judy at Green Pastures Farm last week. I had so much fun!
I got to see how he’s working with another young farming couple to grow their pastured hogs and egg-layers business on the Judy place.
We checked out his flock of parasite resistant hair sheep and his guardian dogs in training, another farm enterprise that has grown out of their experience with what folks need to get going well.
I learned about growing shitake mushrooms, something they added to take advantage of all the white oak that grows on their farms.
We visited the “mother ship” of the farm – the cattle herd that everything has grown around. Greg talked about their culling program and how he allowed the soil on his place to dictate the size of the cattle. Cows now run around 900 to 1,000 pounds and they grow fat on pasture year-round.
And of course we looked at poop!
Greg also talked about some of the things they’ve tried that haven’t worked out so well – like adding swales to pasture, buying bulls that were supposed to have grass fed genetics but that melted on Missouri fescue and clover. We’ll be sharing the lessons he’s learned, and his recipes for success (hard work, paying attention to nature, and more hard work) in future issues of On Pasture. (Or, if you want a head start, you could head to his grazing school May 3-5. There are still some spaces available, but you’ll want to hurry. And you’ll learn so much more than just good grazing management!)
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We hope you’re having a good Spring!
Thanks for reading,
Kathy and Rachel