May 23, 2022

Base Your Grazing Decisions on the Four Principles of Pasture Management

If you’ve been reading On Pasture for any time at all, you know that I emphasize principles because remembering them is easy and can provide good results. They also work no matter where you live, whether you’re working with native grassland or tame forage, with a wide variety of plant types, or just a simple […]

May 23, 2022

Managing for All Five Soil Health Principles

Even if you don’t have the same kind of operation the Neuharth’s have, I think you’ll enjoy their story. Their farm is an example of understanding the five soil health principles and then implementing management practices to meet every principle. Best of all, they’re including the next generation in the process and young Johnathan can […]

October 4, 2021

Using Grazing Principles to Solve Overgrazing Impacts

First, you know that new version of the website I promised you this week? Well – technology happened and so there’s going to be a delay. But it’s coming! So stay tuned. Speaking of technology, some recent changes to the Google algorithms have a lot of websites scrambling. No one knows what the changes are, […]

May 17, 2021

Kathy’s Principles for Working With Livestock

Over the last few weeks I’ve been highlighting the importance of principles. To me, principles are the key points to remember. They’re the building blocks for developing a successful plan to accomplish whatever I’d like to do. With that in mind, here are my principles for working with livestock. They grew out of seven years […]

May 10, 2021

Five Principles of Grazing Management

Thanks to Scott Jensen, University of Idaho Extension out of Owyhee County for this great article. He takes concepts that lots of folks talk about and puts them into easy to understand steps. Common to many cattle producers around the world is the fear of wasting grass. “No blade left behind” could be a resounding […]

November 2, 2020

What Principles Guide Regenerative Agriculture?

If you’ve been reading On Pasture for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed an emphasis on principles. Why? Principles give us a foundation to start from – a way of thinking about what’s going on around us so that we can make decisions that work for our individual goals and our different environments. And […]

August 17, 2020

Rattan Lal Reinforcing Soil Health Principles For a Healthy Planet

Even if you haven’t heard of Dr. Rattan Lal, you’ve probably been influenced by his work. More than 40 years ago, while doing research in Nigeria, Lal encountered an idea that changed his life – and led, eventually, to global recognition that soil is an important part of our response to a warming climate. A  […]

December 9, 2019

Soil Health Principles Part 5 – Diversity is Key

In the fifth part of our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot focuses on the benefits of diversity for improving soil health. In his examples of a garden and two different row crop farmers, he demonstrates how growing a variety of cash crops, and a planting a diverse cover crop mix, can improve soil […]

December 2, 2019

Soil Health Principles Part 4 – Keep Live Roots in the Soil

In this, the fourth in our series on soil health principles, Buz Kloot talks about how, through photosynthesis, plants create carbon-based sugars, a sizeable portion of which is transferred into the soil via the plant’s roots. There, it feeds the 1-2 tons of soil microbes living in the soil. In return, as they process the […]

November 25, 2019

Soil Health Principles Part 3 – Keep the Soil Covered

This is the third in our series on soil health principles as presented by Buz Kloot, film maker and Research Associate Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. We’re interested in principles because they provide the foundation for the decisions we make […]

November 18, 2019

Soil Health Principles Part 2 – Minimize Disturbance

Since 2013, Buz Kloot, film maker and Research Associate Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, has been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to explore and share the important role soil plays in our lives. The result is three seasons of short videos covering science and practical management […]

November 11, 2019

Soil Health Principles Part 1 – The Nature and Properties of Soils

In the fall of 2013, film maker Robin “Buz” Kloot, teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a project to share the important role soil plays in all our lives. He began with a cross-country trek to interview some of the nation’s leading researchers and experts on soil health. Over the next three […]

October 28, 2019

Grazing Principles at Work, Part 1 – Management Intensive Grazing in an Arid Environment

Successful grazing management grows out of an understanding of some basic principles, like how plants grow, and how soil conditions, weather, and climate alter plants’ rate of growth and recovery after grazing. That means management intensive grazing/adaptive managed grazing/mob grazing is different for folks working in areas with 48 inches of precipitation vs those with […]

June 17, 2019

Multi-Species Grazing Part 3 – Grass and Soil Management Principles

No matter what kind of stock you’re grazing, these management principles apply.

April 1, 2019

Grazing Principles to Start Your Season Off Right

This 4:53 video from Ranchlands is a great example of how the principles of grass and livestock management are the same, no matter your location or climate. Check it out, and then read on for a list of principles and how to make them work for you. 1. What Are Your Goals? The Ranchlands managers […]

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