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From Minimal to Mob – Lifestyle and Economic Considerations for Designing your Grazing Program

By   /  January 15, 2018  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

America is a great place. In this neck of the woods we get to do almost anything we want, and nowhere is that more true than in the grazing world. Graziers get to decide what their business, their land, even their life looks like. But here’s the trouble with all that freedom: lots of choices […]

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Lessons Learned From a Year of Grazing Management

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

This is a good time of year for reflecting on what went well and what you might like to do differently next year. Though Matt wrote this a few years ago, his lessons learned are ones many of us can benefit from, as is the example of putting something in writing to refer back to […]

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The Idea of a Stockshare – Managing Together for Better Pastures and Better Profits

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

This is the third in a series of articles looking at how ranchers in Texas might work together to manage a landscape as a whole. Read Part 1 here, and Part 2, here. In my last two articles, I wrote about how a “Stockshare” program could help livestock raisers in the Gulf Coast region of […]

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Looking Drought in the Eye – Working Together to Get Through the Next One

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  2 Comments

The week that I got married, the drought of 2011 finally broke. I will never forget the Justice of the peace saying to everybody gathered, in his gravelly voice, “Now that Will and Laura are married, maybe the good lord will water the earth a little.” Sure enough, within a couple of days the first […]

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Is Mob Grazing as Effective as We Thought?

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  15 Comments

At the American Forage and Grassland Council’s annual meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, this past January, I was asked to summarize and present the scientific literature on mob grazing. This article provides a distilled version of that research summary. Introduction and Terminology Rotational grazing (RG) has been promoted by many land-grant universities and USDA-NRCS for a […]

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