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Could This Winter Be as Wet as Last? Here’s How to Prepare

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS, Planning  /  3 Comments

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released their forecast for this winter. “Mild, with soakers” is how Indiana is labeled. I don’t put a lot of weight on these forecasts, but they often line up with other forecasts and occasionally are completely correct. If this forecast holds true, I think we all need to prepare for […]

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When High Density Hurts: Remediating Overgrazed Land

By   /  September 9, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  1 Comment

I am a complete believer in mob (high-density rotational) grazing. I have seen marginal land explode with productivity and vigor after a properly orchestrated high-density kick in the rear. But like any tool, misuse can turn animal impact into a powerful force for destruction. There are some situations in grazing when you should not use […]

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Ranching By Number

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Ranching By Number

  On more than one occasion I have made disparaging comments about the tendency of our ranching industry to waste time gathering data. We keep spiral-bound notebooks full of all kinds of information, most of which is fairly useless. Folks who are in the business of producing purebred breeding stock may be compelled to gather […]

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We’re Stockpiling Now for Winter Grazing at Green Pastures Farm

By   /  August 5, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on We’re Stockpiling Now for Winter Grazing at Green Pastures Farm

We have 70 days left until our average killing frost date. That means we’re starting to stockpile now to extend our grazing season, allowing pastures to grow so we won’t have to feed hay this winter. For most folks winter feeding is their largest expense and can be the difference between making a profit or […]

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Facing Short Hay Inventory? Here’s What You Can Do

By   /  July 22, 2019  /  Grazing Management, Planning  /  Comments Off on Facing Short Hay Inventory? Here’s What You Can Do

Flooding in many parts of the country may mean less hay for the winter. Drought is a problem in other places. No matter the reason, here are some tips for making it through the winter.

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