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Riparian Grazing – Why don’t we do the right thing?

By   /  January 18, 2021  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  Comments Off on Riparian Grazing – Why don’t we do the right thing?

From March of 2018, Troy Bishopp takes a look at growing concerns over riparian management and its effect on water quality, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. Here, Troy wonders if we, as graziers, are doing all we can to protect water quality and […]

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What is the True Meaning of Grazing?

By   /  November 30, 2020  /  The Scoop  /  10 Comments

Management Consultant, Peter Drucker said, “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” During this past pandemic pasture season, I’ve had some time to ponder the farm’s reflection upon the guy in front of the proverbial mirror. Amongst a sea of seed-heads, in a Zen-like moment, on […]

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Want More Spring Forage? Leave More Winter Residual

By   /  May 11, 2020  /  Grazing Management  /  Comments Off on Want More Spring Forage? Leave More Winter Residual

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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