June 7, 2021

Fencing Solutions You’ll Like

From June of 2016, an article that’s always timely. It’s that time of year when you’re putting up fence, taking it down and wondering if there’s a better way. We thought we’d help out with some suggestions. Then, add your own ideas in the comments. Your fellow farmers and ranchers can use all the fencing […]

May 31, 2021

Moving Livestock Watering to New Heights

Getting water to the herd can be one of the most challenging parts of a grazing system. Without water, weight gain takes a dive, or pastures become unusable. On the other hand, those luck enough to have a pond, stream or river in pasture face another challenge: using that water source without harming it. That’s […]

May 24, 2021

Harvesting Free Sunlight Successfully Requires This One Thing

Free for the taking. Free lunch. Absolutely no cost. Something for nothing. Don’t you love it when you can get something for free? Input costs keep rising. Seed, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel, hay, supplements, trucking – everything seems to get more expensive. But miraculously, the most important input is still free. That input is sunlight. Grassland […]

May 17, 2021

Options for Managing Stocking Rates to Fit Available Forage

One of the most common problems I’ve been seeing lately is folks running out of forage for the number of animals they have. The problem grows when drought is factored in. Graziers have questions about what they should do in these cases, and Aaron Berger has some answers.   Current drought conditions across many parts […]

May 10, 2021

Five Principles of Grazing Management

Thanks to Scott Jensen, University of Idaho Extension out of Owyhee County for this great article. He takes concepts that lots of folks talk about and puts them into easy to understand steps. Common to many cattle producers around the world is the fear of wasting grass. “No blade left behind” could be a resounding […]

May 3, 2021

Crop Farmers and Graziers Working Together – Feeding Livestock and Building Soil

A couple weeks ago, Brendon Rockey, a potato farmer, shared how he developed an agreement with a neighbor to graze his cover crops. His takeaways for developing agreements are something any of us can use. To add to that, this week, we listen in on a conversation among crop growers who are also working with […]

May 3, 2021

This Year’s Drought Outlook and What to Do About It

The US Weather Service has issued its drought prediction for the next 90 days and for some of us the news is not good. In fact, for some of us, the news is even worse than last year when Kathy and I shared this information with you. So here, updated from April of 2020 is […]

April 26, 2021

Modern Methods for Forage Improvement

A few weeks ago we introduced Robert E. Williams and his piece in the Journal of Range Management about best grazing management practices. Though “Modern Methods of Getting Uniform Use of Ranges” was written 68 years ago, the principles he includes still hold true today. In fact, much of what he writes could be considered […]

April 19, 2021

Cattle Grazing Cover Crops – How Crop Growers and Graziers Can Work Together

This 1:57 minute video is a good look at how graziers and crop growers can work together for the benefit of each other and the soil. We visit Brendon Rockey of Rockey Farms, a potato farmer in the San Luis Valley of southwest Colorado. Brendon provides an example of how he developed the agreement with […]

April 12, 2021

Math and the Art of Grazing – Figuring Your Stocking Rate

Thanks to Krista Ehlert, Assistant Professor and South Dakota State University Extension Range Specialist, and Jameson Brennan for this article! Like many of us Krista Ehlert has a love hate relationship with math. She says, “Growing up, I remember asking the question, “Why do we need to learn this?” The “this” being math, and I […]

April 5, 2021

Spring is Sprung – Grazing for Best Results, Avoiding Toxic Plants and Preventing Grass Tetany

Yes, it’s getting to be that time of year — new spring green growth! The cows start complaining about eating hay and bellowing when they hear my voice or even just see me. It’s not that the hay is any less delectable, it’s just not what they know is available across the fence. It’s about […]

March 29, 2021

Signs You Need to Adjust Your Stocking Rate

Last week Troy Bishopp shared his worksheet for figuring out how many animals you can run on the pasture you have. Stocking rate isn’t an easy thing to figure, especially if you the pasture’s you’re grazing are new to you That’s why Troy reminded us that the results of the worksheet are an estimate. So, […]

March 22, 2021

How to Get Rid of Broomsedge in Your Pastures

  This time of year, I get a lot of questions on how to rid pastures of broomsedge grass. It’s a problem because animals will not eat mature broomsedge grass, though they will graze it when it is immature for about 3-4 weeks. Here in Missouri, that time period starts the end of June and […]

March 15, 2021

Timely Tips: Don’t Stop Feeding Hay Too Soon

I wanted to send out a Timely Tips to encourage everyone to feed hay a little longer in the spring to let the grass get a good start. Spring grass is washy with high water content and some hay fed along with it helps to slow the rate of passage, improving digestibility. Also, allowing the […]

March 8, 2021

Get Your Free 2021 Grazing Planning Chart and Instructions Here!

It’s that time of year again! Grass Whisperer Troy Bishopp has updated the grazing charts and they’re ready for you to download. Troy developed these grazing charts together while working with a group of farmers and graziers. They looked at examples from noted, successful graziers like Jim Gerrish and Greg Judy. They talked about their […]

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