October 21, 2019

Untoward Acceleration – the Greatest Danger to Graziers

We all make grazing management mistakes. The key to improving is to acknowledge what they are, why they happened, and then what we might do differently next time. Here, Troy Bishopp shares a mistake from his grazing past, as an example of these steps to improvement.

October 7, 2019

Two Graziers With 65 Years of Experience Put Their Heads Together

Victor is in the house! A nice benefit of having the 2019 Grasstravaganza in Cobleskill, NY is that conference guest and Indiana’s seasoned grazing guy, Victor Shelton, was driving by my place to get there. Good time to corral him for a 2 hour pasture walk and get a reality check! So what do two […]

July 29, 2019

The Inventory Walk

Woody Lane from Lane Livestock Services in Oregon spoke to me in his article, “Let’s Take a Walk,” when he wrote, “The pasture is trying to tell you something; are you listening?” When I participate in a public pasture walk, it’s generally a lighthearted affair that looks at a few specifics of grazing management or […]

May 27, 2019

Tapas: One Bite of Local Opportunity

My first first response to the idea of a tapas menu or plate was “That’s too small to  satisfy a hungry farmer!”  My meat and potato mentality couldn’t be more wrong. I also realized this delicate, small, Spanish-style savory dish has the potential to be the best marketing opportunity yet because that one bite tells […]

April 8, 2019

Streams and Grazing – How to Do the Right Thing

From May of 2018, here’s the last in a series by Troy about one of the most important things we can do as graziers: protect streams and water bodies. All across the country, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. In his first article on […]

March 18, 2019

A Farmer Walks Into a Print Shop….The True Story Behind the Free Grazing Charts

“A farmer walks into a print shop” could be the beginning of a funny joke. The joke, however, is mostly on you, as many farmers and ranchers have said they can’t take our excel file of free grazing chart templates and get them printed on a door-sized piece of paper. And then, when Troy gets […]

February 11, 2019

Sojourn in the Snow

Have you been having any fun lately? Troy reminds us to be kids once in awhile.

January 7, 2019

How My Grazing Plan Helped When Everything Went Wrong

Troy has been sharing how he extends his grazing season every year thanks to charting his management. But this fall Mother Nature threw him a big curve with rain 28 days out of 40 and a killing frost that came a month late. Here’s how he made it through.

December 10, 2018

The Giving Farm

In 1971, I was a confused eight year old who cried in horror as men lashed my grandfather William’s fourteen, beloved Guernsey cows in an attempt to make them walk up the steep ramp into a cattle truck destined for the auction barn. The sober event was dictated by the decision not to spend money […]

September 24, 2018

What Makes Grass Grow Back Fastest – Trampling, Clipping or Cow Spit?

Troy started this piece, Kathy Voth added some, and Jim Gerrish shared his observations. And with all that, we’re still not sure we have an answer. Troy: The heifers moved ahead into a fresh break of pasture while I lingered and admired the trample effect that was left behind. The rough residual was a beautiful […]

September 10, 2018

Can You Be a Grazing Soothsayer?

Back in 2014/15, Troy Bishopp took us all along on his journey to extend his grazing season. He showed the good and the bad and all the planning that went with getting to 257 grazeable days on his New York state farm. This year he’s trying something different – and he’s going to show us all how it goes as he does it. Check this out!

September 3, 2018

The Best Thing to Do With a Brush Pile

Those piles become a thing of beauty with this suggestion from Troy and featuring another On Pasture author, Jenn Colby, and her husband Chris Sargent from the Howling Wolf Farm in Vermont.

June 18, 2018

What Do You Do When Your Grass Gets Ahead of You?

While some of the country is droughty, other folks have found that a cool spring and lot of precipitation means that the grass got away from them and is turning to seed heads. On Pasture Community members are asking each other “Should I mow?” “Should I trample?” “Should I just stockpile?” Here are some thoughts […]

June 11, 2018

Your Tree Planter is Saving the World – One Tree, One Planting Tube and One Weed Mat at a Time

If you farm within the sprawling Chesapeake Bay Watershed or other sensitive watersheds around the country, there is a better than even chance, you’ve heard about USDA Riparian Forest Buffer Programs. These initiatives supported by the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership are actively working, in earnest, to take whatever strategies or financial measures possible, to […]

April 23, 2018

Grazing Around Streams – More Ways To Do The Right Thing

We can graze around streams and avoid government regulations if we choose to do the right thing. Troy Bishopp is busy collecting examples and sharing them with On Pasture so our community can be a good example to all graziers.

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