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How to Be a Successful Farmer/Rancher in the 21st Century

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

Forrest has been thinking about this for a long time. We first published this in October of 2014. Read on for how he’s gone deeper with a new book on the topic. As Bren Smith recently explained in his heartfelt editorial for the New York Times (Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be […]

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Tips for Finishing Grass Fed Beef

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From our November 2015 archives, Forrest Pritchard shares what’s made his grass fed beef operation successful. I’ve been raising grass fed-and-finished beef for nearly twenty years, and I direct market 125 head of slaughter steers and heifers each year through local farmers’ markets. These animals are 100% pasture finished, averaging 1250 lbs live weight at […]

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Rules for Starting Your Own Farm/Ranch, Or For Making the One You’ve Got Work Better

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Rules for Starting Your Own Farm/Ranch, Or For Making the One You’ve Got Work Better

You’ve dreamed of becoming a farmer, growing food not just for yourself but for your greater community. You yearn to work with the soil, and are prepared for a life of physical toil, intellectual challenges, and uncertain finances. All that’s left is to trade in your suit and tie for sturdy boots and a dilapidated […]

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You Can Mob Graze With Chickens!

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Livestock, Poultry  /  Comments Off on You Can Mob Graze With Chickens!

Mob grazing is basically putting lots of animals on a small area and then moving them from place to place so that they get fed, and the trampled forage and manure and urine they leave behind feeds the soil. It’s easy to imagine with cows, and sheep, and maybe even goats? But chickens? Forrest Pritchard […]

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Are You Smarter Than a Cow?

By   /  April 4, 2016  /  Consider This  /  1 Comment

Test yourself with this Free-Range IQ Test. My cows know the answers to the following questions.  Do you? #1)  When grazing a field, should it be left ragged, messy and trampled, or grazed evenly, like a freshly mowed lawn? #2)  What’s the number one thing to watch out for when entering a fresh pasture? #3)  […]

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