In the years since Tom Krawiec began writing articles for On Pasture, he and I have spent a lot of time talking and he’s become a very good friend. I appreciate his ability to think and observe and to use research and his own experience to develop valuable solutions to grazing problems.
Now Tom has collected his insights into a book, one that I think all graziers should have on their bookshelves. In Ranching Like a 12-Year-Old, Tom does just what his tagline say he’ll do. He shows you how to develop a grazing operation “that is simple, easy and fun.” In clear, easy-to-understand language, he shares the discoveries he’s made that make his grazing life more productive, profitable and fun. The full-color photos illustrate his points, and he also includes links to videos so you can see some ideas in action – like building easy and safe gate handles or showing some of his animal handling techniques and more.
Are you interested in multi-species grazing? Tom has practiced it for years. I think you’ll appreciate his insights into animal behavior and how you can get cattle sheep, hogs and horses to live and graze together in one Mob. Is getting water to the herd a challenge for you? Tom has some solutions.
The Business and Economics chapter of the book gives you the tools you need to make decisions about growing grass, pasture rejuvenation, bale grazing and which is more economical: grazing the bales or rolling them out before grazing. Tom also shares tips for training employees so they can be successful for you.
I highly recommend you check out Tom’s book. You can find out more and purchase it by visiting his web site, SimplyRanching.ca. (And remember, that price is Canadian dollars, so don’t be scared off!) Tom is also available for speaking engagements for those of you looking for some fresh ideas for your next conference or workshop. You can send him a message through his website.
Tom is featured on the Working Cows Podcast the week of November 8. Listen here.