This week’s email is inspired by Greg Brann and his latest issue of Timely Tips. I’m highlighting some of what he shared here and adding some On Pasture resources to them. I highly recommend reading the full post here and getting on his email list too. You can sign up and find additional resources on his website.
To Mow or Not To Mow? That is the Question
We’ve covered this question a number of times here at On Pasture. In his timely tips post, Greg reminds us to think of things like cost, how we can use livestock instead of machinery to achieve our goals and if you must mow, how low you should go. Here’s his advice when an On Pasture reader asked the question:
Fly paper on supplement tubs and garlic supplement are two of the methods Greg uses this time of year. He explains the ins and outs of them and I really like his addition of chicken wire around the fly-paper-wrapped tub to keep birds from getting stuck and encourage them to eat the trapped flies. Check out some of his other tools and get a link to instructions for building a walk-through fly trap in his timely tips post.
I collected articles and information on fly management in this ebook. You can download it for $5.75. It’s a quick way to get the information you need while also providing a bit of help towards the maintenance costs of keeping On Pasture online.
Provide Water and Shade to Increase Animal Production
Greg reminds us that water is the most important nutrient and without shade, livestock consume twice as much water. He shares a few pointers on valves for troughs, and how to use pressure switches to move water where you need it.
If you’re looking for a way to improve your water supply, here’s a good option from Greg Judy.
Here are some ideas for adding shade to your pastures:
Greg is probably the most experienced and talented multi-species grazier I know and he does and excellent job of sharing his knowledge with others. Check out this video of one his presentations from 2021:
Finally the Funnies!
In honor of my 10 days of quarantining, here’s Joseph and his amazing “Pass-the-Pepper Machine.” It really makes me laugh.