The Inventory Walk

Woody Lane from Lane Livestock Services in Oregon spoke to me in his article, “Let’s Take a Walk," when he wrote, “The pasture is trying to tell you something; are you listening?” When I pa

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2 thoughts on “The Inventory Walk

  1. 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. 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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