September 5, 2016

Water Makes Grass Grow!

That is a theme I frequently use in my grazing management presentations around the country. I often say I have learned more about grazing management by working the last dozen years in the extremes of irrigated and desert environments of Idaho than I did in 23 years of the high natural rainfall environment of Missouri. […]

July 25, 2016

Using Pasture Pro Posts as Corner Braces

Jim Gerrish experiments with fencing supplies so you don’t have to. Here are the results of a 5-year test to see how different size fiberglass posts hold up when used as braces so you’ll know when you ought to spend just a bit more to get the results you’re looking for.

July 11, 2016

Grazing Crested Wheatgrass in the West

Crested wheatgrass is a Russian native that was purposely introduced to rangelands in the American West as a forage and an erosion control tool starting in the 1900s. It became especially widely used starting shortly after the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 through the fifties when land managers were working on restoring rangelands impacted by […]

May 23, 2016

Grazing for Biodiversity

Biodiversity in your pastures provides many benefits to pasture productivity, soil health, animal performance, and wildlife habitat. The table below shows typical composition of our home pastures on our old Missouri farm. There were many other less plentiful species present that are not listed. Nine different plant functional groups are represented in these pastures with […]

May 16, 2016

How to Set Up Good Stock Tanks

I’ve learned these do’s and don’ts of stock tank installations over the course of my life and am sharing them so you can learn from my experience. The main ‘do’ is to create a pad on which to place your tank. This provides a flat place for the cattle to stand and they don’t move […]

May 9, 2016

When is the Best Time of Day to Move Animals?

A common question we hear at pasture walks or grazing seminars is when is the best time of day to move cattle to the next paddock. There are some who advocate moving in the afternoon based on the fact that energy content of forages peaks in mid-afternoon corresponding with peak photosynthesis. But, since cattle will […]

May 2, 2016

Quick Pasture Improvements From Managed Grazing

Sometimes we just need a little evidence that something works in order to make a change in our grazing management. It’s even better when we get quick results, right? Here’s what Jim saw in Nebraska after just a year.

April 25, 2016

What is “Back-Grazing” and Should You Do It?

A common question for graziers is what does ‘back-grazing’ mean. Then their next question becomes for how long is back-grazing acceptable? Back-grazing means letting livestock go back across areas that have been previously grazed, usually to access a fixed water point. What we are trying to avoid is allowing animals to bite off regrowth occurring […]

April 11, 2016

How To Anchor Temporary Fences

Editors’ Note: Awhile back Jim wrote an article on why he prefers managing his cattle with electric fencing. One of his reasons was that it just makes him happy. And maybe he’s happy because he uses good equipment and he’s figured out how to make the best use of it. So here’s some suggestions he […]

March 7, 2016

Did Your Wet Pasture Get Mucked Up? Don’t Worry!

Occasionally we can experience what looks like some pretty substantial pasture damage with high high stock density grazing in wet conditions, but first looks aren’t always what they appear to be. Each picture tells a little bit about the results. Here is the scenario, the pivot passed over this paddock in the night just before […]

February 29, 2016

Why Bother With Fences and Management-intensive Grazing?

Fencing is a big part of Management-intensive grazing. And that’s one of the reasons many of us avoid it. But here Jim explains why it really isn’t that bad, and could make you happier too.

February 15, 2016

Is It Residual or Is It Residue?

“Residue” and “Residual” may sound similar, but they provide very different services for your pasture’s health. Jim explains the difference with tips for what you should be paying attention to.

January 11, 2016

How Long Does It Take to Feed 400 Cows in the Winter?

Using a well designed grazing cell & the right portable fence tools, I can generally feed the herd in about 25-30 minutes even with the ground frozen. No expensive machinery, No diesel fuel, No engines to start. Here I am with 400-some cows looking for breakfast on a beautiful crisp winter morning in the Pahsimeroi. […]

January 4, 2016

Living With Endophyte Infected Tall Fescue

Here’s a coordinated approach to turn your fescue “scourge” into cost-effective, productive pastures.

December 7, 2015

Kicking the Hay Habit – How to Get Started

Hay feeding still ranks as one of the top costs of being in the cow-calf business in the U.S. The good news is we do see more and more livestock producers ‘Kicking the Hay Habit’ with each passing year. There is much more to kicking the habit than just deciding one day that you’re not […]

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