Three Keys to Being a Successful Grazier

In this video, we take a trip to Nye, Montana to visit the Keogh Ranch. It's been in the family since Noel Keogh's folks purchased it in 1947. It may be larger than the operation you run, but his management addresses the challenges that each grazier faces: Managing for good grass utilization with fencing and water, finding ways to graze through the winter, and solving problems with wildlife. Enjoy the video and then I'll focus in on some of the solutions below and how you can use them. Two Heads (or more) are Better Than One In this picture, Noel is holding up a list of the projects he's completed with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, his county weed district, the Farm Bureau, stock associations, extension staff and more. This is just back of the paper. The front of the paper includes even more projects. At the top is the list of accomplishments from their 2010 Conservation Stewardship Project that includes a grazing plan and monitoring system, supplementing away from water, implementing wildlife friendly haying, soil testing and slow release fertilizer. You'll see more projects below. Notice that Noel put a big star next to "Access to the Knowledge Base & Technology NRCS has" as he's found that very helpful. One thing I've noticed over the years is that the graziers who are most successful and happiest are those who make it a point to work with local agencies and get involved in their communities. Cons

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  1. I hesitate to make any suggestions to one who lives on that piece of land and has taken care of it (with advisors) for a long time. I would suggest that all of us consider designating a piece of our land (grazing, crop) and give it a rest periodically for the good of the land in the widest sense–ground-nesting birds, for example. I do this in my garden and pasture paddocks.

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