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The Inventory Walk

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Woody Lane from Lane Livestock Services in Oregon spoke to me in his article, “Let’s Take a Walk
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Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is a seasoned grazier and grasslands advocate who owns, manages and linger-grazes at Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters, grandchildren and parents. Their certified organic custom grazing operation raise dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased pastures. Troy also mentors farmers on holistic land management for the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. This award-winning free-lance writer, essayist and photographer maintains a website presence at www.thegrasswhisperer.com


  1. Curt Gesch says:

    This sentence–“My weekly walk usually culminates with an emotional checklist where I try to inventory the work-life balance. Having plenty of forage has its benefits for extended camping trips with my wife and family without having to manage so intensively on the weekends. I wonder if we focused on inventory as a family attribute instead of a production regime, could we get more takers on this critical path?”–is inspiring for me, a retired person, too. When we take a few days off, we don’t want our farm-sitter to have to be moving fences, cattle, or–worse yet–herding them back to a safe paddock. Hay-making without consideration of family has contributed to some family problems in people I know.

  2. John Marble says:

    Thanks Troy.

    It’s funny: some folks might look at your inventory process and say that it irrelevant to mine. Except that it is almost exactly the same. Almost. My most important inventory walk is on/around June 9th, the day the grass stops growing here. On that day, I can do a pretty fair estimate of how many days of grazing remain in each paddock, what the quality of that grass is, and who should be eating it. And putting your boots on the ground, observing the wildlife, the weeds, the water, well, what could be more fun than that?

    Today, I’m writing from the road, day three of a 10-day trip. I began plotting my grazing plan for this mission two months ago. The knowledge gained by taking inventory allows me to be out in the world, learning other lessons.

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