A Path to Becoming a Successful Grazier

The leaves on your plant are like the alternator on your car. And the roots are the battery - they story energy. The leaves take in energy with photosynthesis and they store it in the roots. So when you season-long graze, the cows come along and bite it off every day, day after day. It's like sitting in your car and hitting the starter and eventually your battery goes dead and your car ain't gonna go nowhere. Your plants are the same way. If you just bite 'em off every day, your roots will finally die. Your battery is dead. Your storage is gone. That's why I got away from season-long grazing and went to mob-grazing where I only graze on a piece one or two days and get moved on. Charlie Totten Chamberlain, South Dakota In this 7:04 minute video, Charlie Totten shares what has made him a successful grazier - it's his knowledge of how plants function, and how to manage grazing to help plants and livestock grow well. His inspiration for heading down this path was working for his uncles on a crop farm and watching the soil wash and blow. "It was the God-Awfulest thing I was ever involved in," he says. So he decided to find a better way - starting with learning about plants and winning his high school range judging competition. Over the course of his career, Charlie has continued learning about what makes things work. The "Bootstraps" program, helped him figure out how to be the most efficient operator he could be at a time when lots of ranches were going broke. Pas

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One thought on “A Path to Becoming a Successful Grazier

  1. “In the larger scheme of things you have to be protecting your land or we’re all in trouble.”

    Mr. Charlie Totten, you have caused me to ponder how lucky we are to be able to at least attempt to do what you are doing. And you have also brought little tiny tears to the corners of my eyes.

    Thank you sincerely,

    John Marble
    Crawfordsville Oregon

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