Friday, May 24, 2024
HomeNotes From Kathy"Hmm..." vs "NO WAY!"

“Hmm…” vs “NO WAY!”

How do you feel when you get new information that says something you thought you knew may not be true?

Are you kind of uncomfortable, like solid ground isn’t so solid? Do you feel like dismissing the new idea?

That’s all normal. But outside our comfort zone is where we make breakthroughs. So it’s important that we learn how to pause, consider and then respond.

It’s something I wrote about the first time I published the surprising data about how much regrazing actually happens when we leave livestock in pasture. As I said then, my intent is never to be combative, but to simply offer information that gets that big brain of yours looking at something in a new way, so you can create new solutions, improve your management, and be a profitable, successful grazier.

This kind of critical thinking – questioning our sources, reading widely, and examining ideas and our beliefs – is crucial not only to the health of your operation, but to the success of our communities. We need your thoughtful consideration of new ideas and practices.

Thanks for reading!


P.S. Want more on developing critical thinking skills? Here’s a good resource.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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