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To Clip/Mow Your Pasture Or Not – That is the Question

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

Here’s a question that comes up all the time. In this article from July of 2016 Victor Shelton describes why it’s a good idea sometimes, and maybe not others. We talked about clipping pastures in June. I’m still getting questions and comments by email about it; all good. There certainly are two sides to this […]

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DIY Flerds – Grazing Sheep and Cattle Together for Pasture Management and Predator Protection

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  2 Comments

From our June 23, 2014 Issue, the answer to a question we’ve been getting a lot lately. We’ve added the comments that readers posted then. Please add your own experience and thoughts! Flerd:   1.  A contraction of flock and herd. 2.  A mixed-species group of animals that consistently stays together under free-range conditions. When […]

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How to Get Water to Livestock in a Rotational Grazing System

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

If there’s no water in a pasture, it doesn’t matter how much grass it has. Here are examples from your fellow farmers and ranchers of how they put water where they needed it, drawn from a 2014 issue of On Pasture. Getting water to livestock in pasture can be a challenge and farmers and ranchers […]

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

By   /  June 18, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  3 Comments

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 […]

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Put Idle Land to Work With Intensively-Managed Livestock and Silvopastures

By   /  June 11, 2018  /  The Classic by NatGLC  /  4 Comments

One of the things that really impressed me (Kathy) on my April visit to Greg Judy’s place in Missouri is the thoughtful way he turns forested areas into silvopastures. In addition to creating great pasture, he turns trees into money by selling it as timber, and uses left over limbs to grow another enterprise – […]

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