Let your eyes wander up to the On Pasture menu bar. See “Handouts”? Click, and you’ll find six free handouts that you can share with participants at your next grazing event.
I put these together to make it easy to share information on some of the most read and asked for articles. And while they’re in color, I made sure that they look just as good if you decide to copy them in black and white. Not only will you be sharing useful information, but you might also introduce folks to On Pasture who haven’t seen it yet.
Here’s a little about three of the handouts you’ll find there.
A good place to start improving management is to understand what kind of soil a farm or ranch has, and what it’s capable of. This handout starts with a link to an article that describes how to use the Web Soil Survey and all the great information a farmer or rancher can get about their soils, and how much they can produce. You’ll also get the basics on pH and its importance to pasture and animal health, along with some tips for doing good (and easy!) soil testing.
Troy Bishopp worked with farmers to create a grazing chart they can use to manage their livestock and forage while promoting soil health. This handout links to downloadable, free grazing charts, and to the series of articles Troy wrote on how to use the chart to set up your grazing plan. He covers goals, pasture mapping, and how to figure out how much forage you have and how much your livestock need. It’s information that’s useful no matter the size of your operation or the livestock you’re raising.
Mob grazing is a form of rotational grazing that helps farmers and ranchers make the most of their pasture resources while improving soil health and their own bottom line. This handout links readers to a series of articles covering what a North Dakota couple learned about implementing mob grazing on their 2700 acre ranch. But you don’t have to be running on a large ranch to benefit. The basics they cover – fence and water set up, adjusting for different vegetation types and pasture sizes, how it worked out for them, and what they recommend to others new to this management style – are all things that are useful no matter the size of your operation.
You’ll also find the handouts I put together for three of our authors when we went to the National Grazing Lands Conference in Reno. Jenn Colby’s handout links to her articles on starting her own farm. Meg Grzeskiewicz’s covers what it takes to start a beef business with leased land or cattle. And, from John Marble, you’ll get articles on grazing philosophy, advice for start-ups, some practical how tos, and ideas on being financially successful.
I’d love to hear from you what you think of these handouts, if there’s something I can do better, or if there are topics you’d to see covered by a handout.
Thanks for reading!