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Best of OP – Managing Multi-Species Grazing

By   /  July 1, 2019  /  Fencing, Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

On old MacDonald’s Farm, there were all types of animals—here a moo, there an oink and over there a cluck, cluck—but managing multiple species and the pastures that support them in a forage-based environment is more akin to a complex symphony with you, the farmer, as the conductor.  Regardless of the players (aka: species), there […]

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Top Ten Grazing Management Misconceptions

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  No Comments

Sometimes we all suffer from perceptual misconceptions that affect our operations. Resolving them may require a rather steep and abrupt learning curve to achieve success. Here are 10 common grazing management misconceptions. If you’re saying any of these things, you may need to take a step back and reconsider. 1. “In this county, I can […]

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Here’s How to Successfully Grow Grass

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

I took the time to walk through most of my pastures a few days ago. I recommend doing this fairly often to keep a mental forage inventory. It is best to record the findings. Some use fancy electronic data sheets, some track on paper charts, some just have notes in their pocket datebook or smart […]

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Surviving the Naysayers – Part 2 of Thinking Outside the Box

By   /  April 29, 2019  /  Consider This, Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

Greg has spent a lot of time thinking and working outside the box. Last week he shared ideas on how you can do it to. This week, he talks about surviving the folks who will laugh at you for stepping out. I’ve watched farmers do the same thing for 40-50 years and all they do […]

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Thinking Outside the Box Can Be Fun and Profitable

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

One of the easiest things to do on the farm is to get in a pattern of doing things the same way. This may go on for days or even years. We seem to get comfortable in a zone and no longer question how we do things during our daily routines around the farm. We […]

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