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Want More Spring Forage? Leave More Winter Residual

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  No Comments

Last fall, I hosted Victor Shelton at my farm. Victor is Indiana’s NRCS Grazing Specialist, a beef farmer, and the author of “Grazing Bites,” and lots of great articles in On Pasture. During our pasture walk, Victor and I discussed the effects of “Perpetual Novembers,” when the ground doesn’t freeze, killing frosts happen later, and […]

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Hacks That Make and Save Money – The Dog-Goat Tractor and More

By   /  April 6, 2020  /  Consider This, Hacks  /  Comments Off on Hacks That Make and Save Money – The Dog-Goat Tractor and More

Self-sufficiency is on the minds of many folks these days. Victory gardens and chicken tractors were/are in the toolboxes of many families looking to harvest sustenance off their land. Back in 1918, public service flyers touted raising your own food and helping others with this tagline: “In time of peace a profitable recreation–In time of […]

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How a Grazing Plan Prevented a Wreck

By   /  January 13, 2020  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  1 Comment

“The pencil is mightier than the pen,” Robert M. Pirsig, of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. “If I’d written my plan in pen, I would have been in trouble!” Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer   Every year, about this time, On Pasture starts reminding our community of the importance of having a plan […]

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Loading Day – Goodbye to 2019

By   /  December 23, 2019  /  Consider This  /  8 Comments

  Here I am; pasture empty, pants dotted with cow manure and a hoof imprint on my calf, standing in an empty pen wondering about my life’s effort as a grass farmer nourishing the land and people. My work seems to be under attack from contributing to climate change to animal welfare issues. It’s an […]

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Can You Please Manage, Pretty Please?! A Grazing Advocate’s Plea

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

It finally happened; a scream so loud, it echoed throughout the over-grazed hills and valleys of Central New York. Poised on a grassy knoll in “Braveheart” fashion, the Grass Whisperer yells out M-A-N-A-G-E. . . Call it a grazier’s meltdown, or a public service life purge; the agency-sponsored grazing professional and farmer who vehemently tries […]

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