March 22, 2021

How to Get Rid of Broomsedge in Your Pastures

  This time of year, I get a lot of questions on how to rid pastures of broomsedge grass. It’s a problem because animals will not eat mature broomsedge grass, though they will graze it when it is immature for about 3-4 weeks. Here in Missouri, that time period starts the end of June and […]

May 18, 2020

Greg Judy’s Fencing Advice

It’s that time of year when fencing is top of mind. So here’s a May 2019 article to give you a few pointers. I’ve also added Greg’s responses to some questions readers had. Enjoy! In this 3:30 video, we visit the fence I built in 1999 that is still functioning as sheep pasture. It uses […]

April 6, 2020

Calving While Moving With the Mob

From our April 2017 edition, here are some great tips for keeping cows and calves together even with daily moves. When the spring flush of grass kicks off with pastures exploding in growth, it can be difficult to keep up with new growth. Then you add in calving in the mob with frequent spring moves […]

March 9, 2020

How Do You Pay Bills With $50 Profit Per Calf?

I was reading an editorial the other day in a major beef magazine that got my attention. The author was telling livestock producers that they should feel pretty darn good about making $50 a head on their weaned calves. Really? How in the world do you make a farm payment, buy groceries, pay for insurance, […]

March 2, 2020

Grazing Season Is Coming – Let’s Talk Fencing!

With turn-out time coming in the next couple months, it’s time to think about keeping your stock where you want them. From March of 2019, Greg Judy shares what he uses on his place. High-tensile electric fence is the most effective and economical fence that you can build on leased land and it’s what I […]

December 9, 2019

Some Dos and Don’ts of Setting Up a Grazing Operation

I want to discuss the steps that we focus on when designing a new grazing operation on a new farm, starting with this saying: “If you have a lot of money, act like you don’t.” (If you don’t have a bunch of money ignore this.) The point is, being successful in a previous career is […]

August 26, 2019

1-Strand Sheep Fencing – How We Made It Work For Our Operation

When we bought our first flock of sheep 16 years ago we had 12 leased farms and were being overrun with sprouts and weeds. The cattle would eat some of these undesirable plants but we needed more pressure put on them. So sheep piqued our interest. My biggest concern with bringing sheep onto our farms […]

August 5, 2019

We’re Stockpiling Now for Winter Grazing at Green Pastures Farm

We have 70 days left until our average killing frost date. That means we’re starting to stockpile now to extend our grazing season, allowing pastures to grow so we won’t have to feed hay this winter. For most folks winter feeding is their largest expense and can be the difference between making a profit or […]

June 3, 2019

Greg Judy IDs Grasses and Legumes in His Pastures

Folks like to know what I grow in my pastures – and it’s what’s in a lot of your pastures too. So here’s a video that shows what I’ve got and why I like it. (Again, there’s a bit of wind in the video, so I apologize.) Kathy added some pictures of these grasses to […]

May 27, 2019

Greg Judy Talks Electric Fencing and Gates for Sheep and Cattle

While Greg designed these fences to keep goats, sheep and guardian dogs in, they work for his cattle too. See what he’s using and consider how you’d adapt it to your operation.

May 20, 2019

Three Things You Can Do Starting Now to Be More Profitable

When Greg Judy wrote this in February of 2017, farmers and ranchers were reeling from the ups and downs of the market from the previous couple years. It seems that some things never change, so here’s Greg’s advice once more for ways you can survive no matter the ups and downs. There has been quite […]

April 29, 2019

Surviving the Naysayers – Part 2 of Thinking Outside the Box

Greg has spent a lot of time thinking and working outside the box. Last week he shared ideas on how you can do it to. This week, he talks about surviving the folks who will laugh at you for stepping out. I’ve watched farmers do the same thing for 40-50 years and all they do […]

April 22, 2019

Thinking Outside the Box Can Be Fun and Profitable

One of the easiest things to do on the farm is to get in a pattern of doing things the same way. This may go on for days or even years. We seem to get comfortable in a zone and no longer question how we do things during our daily routines around the farm. We […]

April 15, 2019

Greg Judy Talks Spring Turn Out on Green Pastures Farm

Folks asked me to do a video showing what it looks like as I’m getting ready to turn cows out this Spring. So here’s a video from April 4. In this video you’ll see the green grass that is ready for our cattle, along with the old grass – a perfect mixture for making sure […]

March 25, 2019

High-Tensile Fencing Tips from Greg Judy

High-tensile electric fence is the most effective and economical fence that you can build on leased land and it’s what I put up after negotiating a 10 year lease on a farm that had no fencing. In this 2:38 video, I describe how I set up a 5-strand hi-tensile fence using 12.5 gauge 180,000 psi […]

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