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HomeNotes From KathyFlexibility is Key to a Successful Winter

Flexibility is Key to a Successful Winter

As you head into winter, (I’m not – it’s 100º here today) I wanted to remind you of one of my old snowboarding lessons: “Keep your knees bent.” For a snowboarder bent knees mean you can absorb and ride over any bumps you hit along the way. For a grazier, this means being flexible and adjusting to whatever comes your way.

My good friend Troy Bishopp has an excellent example of what that looks like in this article about how he flexed to deal with unexpected weather events during his fall/winter grazing season. So, as you consider how you’re going to feed your livestock and care for your pastures this winter, check out Troy’s article for a little flexibility inspiration.

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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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