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HomeGoal SettingPlanning for your 2023 Grazing Season

Planning for your 2023 Grazing Season

The best way to start your grazing season is to know where you are and where you want to be. So this week, I’m sharing resources that will help you start down the path.

We start with two great articles from Troy Bishopp.

Every year for all the years that On Pasture has published, Troy has provided free grazing charts and all the information you need to develop a grazing plan that will get you through hard times and help you make money. His goal: make a difference in the lives of hard-working graziers.

Sometimes I think he felt like Sisyphus, pushing the rock up the hill over and over and over again. No matter how many grazing charts he passed out, no matter how many people he talked to, he just wasn’t seeing the change he hoped to see. So he tried a new tactic. If everyone was saying that the grazing life is about “lifestyle,” he’d show them a lifestyle full of family, friends, fun times, and profit that all come from a great grazing plan.

He started with this article: What’s a Grazing Decision Really Worth? Then he added to it when he spoke with the Quebec Farmer’s Association. In this second article you’ll fins the video and transcript of the webinar where he speaks frankly about the difficulties, the mistakes he made, and how he chose a different path.

What’s a Grazing Decision Really Worth?

Where are you, where do you want to be, and how can you get there?

Dallas Mount of Ranching for Profit Adds His Two Cents

If you need more, Dallas breaks down the questions you can ask yourself. You’ll also find links in this article to more about Ranching for Profit. It’s a great investment in yourself.

Your Recipe for Success: Answer These Questions

How Big Should You Be?

Finally, since “right-sizing” our bodies is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, here’s an article to help you think about what size your operation needs to be. Troy Bishopp and John Marble talk about expanding and contracting their operations and the reasons why.

Right-Sizing Your Grazing Operation – What Works Best?

How About a Laugh?

After all that serious work, you deserve something to giggle about. So here you go:

If you’re on Instagram, enjoy this welcome to the New Year.

If not, here’s something that makes me giggle:

Do You Have to Be Naked to Be the Boss?


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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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