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A Gentle Start to the New Year


After a month or more of Holidays filled with more than we normally do, I thought it would be nice to start the New Year by taking a breath and relaxing a bit. Hopefully this collection of articles will help you with that.

Let’s start with a quiet walk through our pastures. That’s what Troy Bishopp does in this first article, taking time to notice something as simple as snow collecting on ungrazed forage and how it will provide for a better spring.

Snow Retention Pasture Walk

Next, if you’re considering a New Year’s resolution, why not make it, “I won’t work so hard in 2024.” These ranchers will give you some ideas to ruminate on through the first few months of the year.

Why Do We Do Things the Hard Way?

Continuing on that theme, life is always easier with supportive friends and colleagues. Chip Hines has some great advice for us from his own experience.

Intelligent Groups Make Innovations Easier

Last but not least, what could be more relaxing and restorative than watching grass grow? It’s always done wonders for me!

Let’s Watch Grass Grow!

And the funnies!

Just a little relaxing massage. And don’t forget to clear that aura!

Proper Opossum Massage

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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.