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Some Dos and Don’ts of Setting Up a Grazing Operation

By   /  December 9, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Money Matters, Planning  /  1 Comment

I want to discuss the steps that we focus on when designing a new grazing operation on a new farm, starting with this saying: “If you have a lot of money, act like you don’t.” (If you don’t have a bunch of money ignore this.) The point is, being successful in a previous career is […]

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Can You Please Manage, Pretty Please?! A Grazing Advocate’s Plea

By   /  December 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

It finally happened; a scream so loud, it echoed throughout the over-grazed hills and valleys of Central New York. Poised on a grassy knoll in “Braveheart” fashion, the Grass Whisperer yells out M-A-N-A-G-E. . . Call it a grazier’s meltdown, or a public service life purge; the agency-sponsored grazing professional and farmer who vehemently tries […]

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What in Tar(weed)nation?! Part 2 – The Nature of Your Enemy and the Nature of Nature

By   /  November 25, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  3 Comments

Last week, I wrote about how tarweed showed up on my ranch a few years back, and how the management that had worked so well in the past seemed to fail me. In the end, I realized I needed to know more about my opponent. So here’s what I learned. I hope you’ll use it […]

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You Don’t Have to Practice Yoga to Be a Flexible Grazier!

By   /  November 4, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  4 Comments

In most livestock operations, the largest expense is winter feed. As a grazier, it has been my goal to plan a grazing rotation so there is high quality, high volume forage available in the fall and winter. This fall has tested my flexibility once again and has once again shown me the importance of having […]

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Untoward Acceleration – the Greatest Danger to Graziers

By   /  October 21, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  7 Comments

We all make grazing management mistakes. The key to improving is to acknowledge what they are, why they happened, and then what we might do differently next time. Here, Troy Bishopp shares a mistake from his grazing past, as an example of these steps to improvement.

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