Let’s Help Each Other With Lessons Learned

Last year I took part in a pasture walk and workshop. The turnout was good and the folks in attendance were very attentive and seemed to be interested in what we had to say. As is normal, there was some negativity on display and this can lead to some very interesting and colorful conversations. At times such as this, all we can do is to continue to stress what is involved in becoming a successful grazier. To my way of thinking if you are not profitable you are not successful. Sometimes I believe that those of us who use managed intensive grazing, and all of the other practices that we have learned in the last 20 years or so, have forgotten what it took for us to be where we are today. I know that I am guilty sometimes of making it sound too simple and easy when I am speaking to an individual or a group. On the other hand maybe they figure if we can do it and make it work it cannot be too complicated. After 40 years in the cattle business in 1997 we used Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) for the first time and have never looked back, so it has become second nature to us. I will not even make an attempt at listing all of the mistakes and missteps that were made in the beginning. There seems to be two problems with some folks accepting the whole concept of MiG. Number one they believe it is all foolishness. Number two, they think there is something we are just not telling them and there is no possible way that little white poly-wire can make that much difference. For the

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One thought on “Let’s Help Each Other With Lessons Learned

  1. Excellent advice, Don.
    The best lesson I have learned in my ag experience is, if you don’t know the answer, ask. The only stupid question is the one that isn’t asked. And it is surprising where some of the ideas and answers come from. For example, I have a friend(also my part time boss) that is a loan and landscape professional. It is surprising how many conversations we have had about things like soil health, etc. It is also surprising how closely our professions parallel, when you get right down to the basis of them. Thanks again.

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