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Untoward Acceleration – the Greatest Danger to Graziers

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We all make grazing management mistakes. The key to improving is to acknowledge what they are, why they happened, and then what we might do differently next time. Here, Troy Bishopp shares a mistake from his grazing past, as an example of these steps to improvement.

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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. Hi Troy,
    “Grass Productivity” is a must read!
    To help monitor grass growth walk your farm through every paddock
    same time every week and assess the amount. Put it on a graph and
    this will help predict 2 to 3 weeks in advance what is going to happen. Over the years as you get more lines you will be in the
    driver’s seat! Add changes of stock numbers, types and crops.
    Graze on,
    Alan D. Henning
    Madison, Wisconsin

  2. Jeff andrews says:

    Lol yup i made this exact mistake this year!😣and im now watching this overgrazed paddock grow back ever so slowly while my other paddocks “not overgrazed”grasses are literaly jumping out of the ground. Thank goodness mother nature is forgiving! Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  3. Doug Peterson says:

    Great article. It is really easy to fall into that trap. Sometimes our self-esteem has to take a big whack to bring us back to reality. The reality is weather changes, grass growth changes, recovery periods change and we need to change along with them. Keep up the good work.

  4. Juan Alvez says:

    Troy, it is always nice to hear from your experiences and I m very glad you are bringing the wisdom of Voisin’s concepts!

  5. Jim Gerrish says:

    Troy referenced Andre Voison’s book ‘Grass Productivity’ in this article. I consider that book to be the most significant writing on grazing management of the 20th Century. I had the privilege of reading it in 1978 when I started grad school. It helped shape my view of everything pastoral.

    There is a link to a place to buy that book at the top of the article. I encourage every serious grazier who has not read Voison, to buy a copy. Read it and then periodically reread chapters as needed.

    No, that is not a link to our AGLS bookstore.

    • Juan Alvez says:

      Agree completely, Jim! Voisin’s work also extended into soil minerals and he even related it to aspects of animal and human health!

      And, while his wisdom is alive and thriving in Latin America, he has been sadly forgotten in Europe (He is not even amongst the most notable persons in France!)

      Cheers, Juan!

      • Jim Gerrish says:

        There is a copy of Voison’s ‘Soil, Grass, & Cancer’ on my desk to be part of my winter reading. That work was published in 1959.
        While he was on the right track 50+ years ago, I gather from other sources that a lot of his theories on the connection of soil health to human health may not have been particularly accurate. I will look forward to reading what he did have to say on that topic.

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