October 25, 2021

Mob Grazing in the Winter – A Good Time to Start

We began using MG way back in the early 90′s during the winter with stockpiled fescue on rented farms. Each year we came to trust more and more what we were doing until we eventually sold all of our hay equipment – one of the best decision we’ve ever made. It was the key to […]

May 24, 2021

One Grazier’s Experience With Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing

Increasing the density of animals on a piece of pasture changes grazing behavior, and is one tool graziers can use to meet certain vegetation goals. From May of 2016, here’s what Steve Freeman learned when he increased stock density, and what it’s good for and when it might not work as well. Until July of […]

February 15, 2021

Are you choosing the right females for your herd?

This article comes to us from March of 2017. While Steve Freeman focuses on cattle, the principles he’s using can be adapted to other livestock as well. Two of my favorite subjects are cattle and baseball. Two of my favorite books on these subjectsare “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” by Laurie Lasater and “MoneyBall” […]

August 24, 2020

Winter Strip Grazing – Determining Strip Size

Here are the ins and outs and the math for figuring out how big each strip should be to feed your cattle and make best use of your stockpile. It comes to us from our November 2014 issue of On Pasture. We reconfigured our farm’s permanent, hi-tensile fence to better allow the use of portable […]

January 21, 2019

Grazing Hacks for Feeding Mineral, Blocking Water Gaps and Solar Charger Stands

Steve shared this information with us back in back in January of 2015. They’re ideas that will still work today. And if you’ve got ideas, do share! Your On Pasture community would love to have your help. Dan Divine, a former NRCS agent based in Wright County Missouri, was telling me about his water gap […]

January 8, 2018

Tips for Setting Up Paddocks for Managed Grazing

Last week’s video provided food for thought on how to look at your landscape to produce the most forage possible. Here’s an example from October 2014, of how Steve Freeman set up paddocks on his operation. Managed grazing means gaining more control of your grazing. When we built our first grazing system 25 years ago, […]

November 13, 2017

Setting up for Strip Grazing Your Stockpiled Forage

Here are the ins and outs and the math for figuring out how big each strip should be to feed your cattle and make best use of your stockpile from our November 2014 issue of On Pasture. We reconfigured our farm’s permanent, hi-tensile fence to better allow the use of portable fencing. Portable fencing allows […]

June 13, 2016

Bloatless Alfalfa Grazing

After attending a conference for dairy graziers I was somewhat surprised when one of the speakers spent a considerable amount of time explaining all the ways necessary to avoid bloat in cattle when grazing alfalfa. We’ve been grazing beef steers and heifers on alfalfa for 15-18 years and have only lost 2-3 head to bloat. […]

April 25, 2016

Weaning Calves on Pasture

While you’re months from doing this at your place, here are some tips for you to think about so you’re ready when the time comes.

January 19, 2015

Selling Cattle With Video and Satellite

If you’re considering video auctions to sell your calves, here are some tips and things to think about.

January 5, 2015

Great Grazing Hacks

Solutions for moving your mineral tubs (while spreading manure), and creating a fence for your water gap, as well as a stand for your solar charger.

December 15, 2014

Managing Culling To Improve Profit

A little adjustment to breeding timing and to what we call animals when we sell them, can put more money in our pockets.

December 8, 2014

Breeding a Cow Herd to Fit Your Place

You may not choose the same breed as Steve, but the process he used to create a cow herd for his place can be adapted to fit any operation, or species.

November 24, 2014

Lead Steers – Clifford and Buddy – Worth Their Weight in Feed

Brains and leadership can be just as important to your operation as the product you’re growing.

October 20, 2014

How to Set Up Paddocks For Managed Grazing

Managed grazing means gaining more control of your grazing. When we built our first grazing system 25 years ago, portable fencing using reels and polywire were not part of the equation. Not that there wasn’t polywire and reels, just that I didn’t see how they could work!  Every time we wanted to gain more control over […]

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