December 11, 2017

Training Livestock and Wildlife to Electric Fence

I always like to start an electric fence conversation with this statement: “Electric fence is not a Miracle.” Quite frequently it is a miracle that it ever works when installed by uninformed consumers. There are certain principles that must be used and challenges overcome to use the product successfully. Over the next several months I […]

September 25, 2017

Assistance for Adding More Grass, Reducing Hay Feeding

Here’s how the Wessel family got help to add more water, and set up their grazing plan.

August 14, 2017

Greg Judy Talks Fencing, Leasing, Cow-Size and More

What are the best reels, fence posts and wire you can use for your temporary fences? What are some rates you might offer for leasing a farm/pasture? What size cows winter well on pasture? How do you set up your watering system? What are your secrets to success? These are just a few of the […]

August 7, 2017

Dairy Cows Head to Pasture for the First Time on Providence Farm

Vermont’s Providence Dairy is transitioning from a tie-stall barn to pasture-based dairying. Here are some of the challenges the Connors faced this first spring and how they’ve solved them.

July 17, 2017

What Works for Wildlife Is Also Better for Montana Rancher and Her Livestock

Janet Endecott thought she was just being nice when she agreed to improve fish habitat on her ranch. It turns out the livestock loved the change too!

July 10, 2017

Roaring Springs Ranch Doubles Its Herd Thanks to Holistic Management

In the first 10 years of managing holistically, Roaring Springs Ranch was able to double their carrying capacity. Then, because of their improved grazing practices, wildlife habitat improved as well. The sage grouse population has increased by 30% and the redband trout population is up 80%. So what is ranch manager Stacy Davies doing that […]

June 5, 2017

Beginning Farmers’ Success with Managed, Multi-Species Grazing, Cover Crops and More

Shane and Jessica Blair are new Minnesota farmers getting started with the help of a team from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Here’s how it worked for them. See if there are resources here that might be useful to you, no matter where you are in your farming/ranching career.

May 8, 2017

Ute Creek Cattle Company’s Success With Holistic Management

Jack and Tuda Libby Crews are the seventh generation living and working on the Ute Creek Cattle Company near Mosquero, New Mexico. When they inherited Tuda’s family ranch and moved back in 2001, Tuda writes “Jack and I were faced with myriad challenges as a severe 12-year drought and poor management showed 50 percent bare […]

March 6, 2017

Pasture Walk at the Judy Farm

Sometimes the best way to learn something new is to visit another farmer or rancher to see how they do things. With that in mind, Greg Judy sent us this video so that you can take a virtual visit to his farm in Missouri. It shows him moving his cattle from one pasture to the […]

February 27, 2017

New Mexico Ranch Recovers During Drought With Rotational Grazing

When Nancy Ranney and her siblings took over the family ranch in 2002, they decided to try something different: Planned rotational grazing. Instead of 19 pastures grazed year-round by 18 herds, they put all the cattle in one herd and split the ranch into 31 pastures. As Nancy says, “By moving them across the landscape […]

January 30, 2017

More Farmers Are Winter Grazing

This story comes to us from Civil Eats, a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. In working on this story, reporter Caroline Abels contacted us at On Pasture to find out more about winter grazing and interviewed two On Pasture authors, Troy Bishopp and Jim Gerrish. After an early season […]

January 16, 2017

How I Adapted My Grazing When the Weather Made Things Tough

When the weather gave Don and Betty Ashford lemons, they worked with what they had to extend a tough grazing season anyway, which is a lot better than lemonade! Don shares this story as an example of how you can do things differently, and hopes that you’ll share your stories too!

July 25, 2016

Using Pasture Pro Posts as Corner Braces

Jim Gerrish experiments with fencing supplies so you don’t have to. Here are the results of a 5-year test to see how different size fiberglass posts hold up when used as braces so you’ll know when you ought to spend just a bit more to get the results you’re looking for.

June 6, 2016

These Simple Steps Can Improve Livestock Distribution, Pasture Quality and Your Bottom Line

Sean Kelly, extension range management specialist at South Dakota State University Extension, believes that livestock grazing distribution is something we should all work on because it maximizes how much forage your livestock eat, improves range health and, ultimately, adds up to more profit per acre. “Poor grazing distribution throughout a pasture is like feed waste […]

April 25, 2016

What is “Back-Grazing” and Should You Do It?

A common question for graziers is what does ‘back-grazing’ mean. Then their next question becomes for how long is back-grazing acceptable? Back-grazing means letting livestock go back across areas that have been previously grazed, usually to access a fixed water point. What we are trying to avoid is allowing animals to bite off regrowth occurring […]

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