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Silvopasture is a climate conscious alternative to clearing forests for pasture

Thanks to the University of New Hampshire and Robbin Ray for this article. Land use change, like cutting down a forest to make way for...

Sloppy Work Leads to a Great Silvopasture Discovery

In 1839, a bumbling inventor named Charles Goodyear left a gooey mixture of raw rubber and sulfur on the stove while he took a...

If it’s so great, why don’t we see silvopasture everywhere?

I was at a pasture walk some time ago, when the farmer pointed to the few scraggly trees strewn throughout his paddocks. They were...

On Spaghetti, Silvopasture and New Opportunities

When you think of Italian food, what pictures come to mind? Scrumptious spaghetti. Luscious lasagna. Perfect pizzas. What do they all have in common,...

How to Turn Wooded Sites into Silvopastures (Pastures With Trees!)

Throughout most humid regions of the US, the landscape is dotted with old farm fields and pastures that today grow trees and shrubs.  In...

Shiitake Mushrooms Add Value to Silvopasture

Note from Kathy: In April of 2018 I visited Greg and Jan Judy at Green Pastures farm. When I arrived, Greg was in the...

Greg Judy Talks Drought and Silvopasture

Greg Judy takes us on a 4:16 tour of one of his pastures on a typical hot summer day in central Missouri with a...

Creating Quality Silvopastures in Open Pasture Areas Part 2

Last week we started the process of turning open pastures into quality silvopastures by asking the questions we should all ask before we start...

Creating Quality Silvopastures in Open Pasture Areas Part 1

Silvopasturing usually starts from the forest and moves to pasture. But what if you have pasture and you want to add trees? Brett Chedzoy gets you started with this 2 part series.

Creating Quality Silvopastures From Wooded Areas

Silvopasturing is the sustainable (long-term) production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land. Silvopastures are dynamic, symbiotic and intensively managed grazing systems....

Carbon Farming Projects for Regenerative Graziers

In "The Future is in Your (Big) Hands" On Pasture author John Marble noted that farmers and ranchers have a much greater opportunity than...

Looking Back, Looking Forward – Lessons from a Lifetime as a Grazier

Lately I’ve found myself looking back, back to the early days of my ranching career. Clearly, I had no idea what I was getting...

Managing Livestock Heat Stress

At least 2,000 head of cattle died during an extreme heat event in southwest Kansas during one weekend in June. The week started hot...

Adapting to Drought – Lessons and Alternative Forage That Lead to Success

In 2012 my wife and I, and our two young daughters, embarked on a new and exciting side venture in the cattle industry with...

A Shepherd’s Journey – The Beginning

Let me introduce myself. I am Jeremia Markway, a rancher from central Missouri. I know… when most people think of ranching, they think of vast...

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