March 15, 2021

Before You Graze, Know Your Goals: What Are You Doing? Why Are You Doing It?

Last week we published the 8th annual set of grazing charts thanks to our friend Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer. So it seems like a good time to review how to get started planning. Here’s Troy with one of the first steps – probably the step we should all have taken before we bought those […]

March 8, 2021

Do You Need a Grazing Chart? Only if You Want More Grazing Days and More Fun Days

From March of 2019, here’s what the Grass Whisperer says about why he keeps encouraging everyone to use a grazing chart. It’s that time of year again, where the annoying, persistent Grass Whisperer suggests, coerces or abruptly throws it down, that folks need to use a grazing planning/monitoring tool or device. I’ve been doing show […]

March 1, 2021

Make calving more fun and less work

This week we share some of the economic reasons for moving calving time to May. But John Marble has noticed that talking about economics – a discussion of costs, inputs, margins, and all that other stuff that either: 1) Puts people to sleep, or 2) Makes them mad as hell. So he’s come up with […]

February 22, 2021

Can grazing be a low-input pasture renovation tool?

I’ve seen questions lately about how to revive old, worn fields. So, from March 2015, here’s the results of one woman’s research on using her herd to bring back an old pasture. In 2009, Jane Hansen received a North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant to see if she could renovate a long […]

February 15, 2021

Are you choosing the right females for your herd?

This article comes to us from March of 2017. While Steve Freeman focuses on cattle, the principles he’s using can be adapted to other livestock as well. Two of my favorite subjects are cattle and baseball. Two of my favorite books on these subjectsare “The Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising” by Laurie Lasater and “MoneyBall” […]

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February 8, 2021

The Benefits of Calving on Grass in Pasture

From our friends in Alberta Agriculture in Canada, here’s a 5-minute video of ranchers describing why they prefer May calving on grass. Jess Hudson of Hudson Ranch in Bashaw, Alberta describes it like this: “The grass system for me, with good weather, works really well. The cows will spread all out, have their calf, mother […]

January 25, 2021

Is Compost Tea Good for Soil Health?

This article is a condensed version of a series of a two article series from January of 2016. (Here is Part 1 and Part 2.) The results of this on-farm research are similar to the result Greg Judy described to me when he worked with Elaine Ingham on a trial of compost tea on his […]

January 18, 2021

Riparian Grazing – Why don’t we do the right thing?

From March of 2018, Troy Bishopp takes a look at growing concerns over riparian management and its effect on water quality, farmers and ranchers are facing tightening regulations and restrictions on grazing next to streams and water bodies. Here, Troy wonders if we, as graziers, are doing all we can to protect water quality and […]

January 11, 2021

Orchestrating a Diversified Livestock Operation

Another request from readers was to talk some more about diversified or multi-species grazing operations. This article from Sandra Miller is the first we’ll share this year. Stay tuned for more! 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 […]

January 4, 2021

Thinking of New Year’s Resolutions? Try This Instead

From January of 2019, here’s a better way to approach the New Year. Another year has come and gone and now comes the time for all of the resolutions to be made for the New Year. Folks resolve to lose weight, quit smoking or dipping, cut back on their drinking, exercise more – you know, […]

December 21, 2020

The Beginnings of Soil Conservation and the Regenerative Agriculture Movement

There’s a saying that “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Usually we think of that in a bad way, as if we didn’t learn the lessons of the past so now we’re repeating the same mistakes. But it can also be about forgetting the discoveries of the past, only to reinvent […]

December 7, 2020

What is the Nutritional Value of Your Stockpiled Forage?

From December of 2016, here’s a look at what you might expect if you haven’t taken the steps to have your forage tested. Grazing your herd through the winter on standing forages in pasture is one way to reduce costs and improve your bottom line. It avoids the expense of baling, moving feed and then […]

November 23, 2020

A Fall, Post-Drought Pasture Walk at Greg and Jan Judy’s Green Pastures Farm

This article comes to us from November of 2013 and On Pasture’s first year of publication. After a 6 month drought, you’d think that Greg might be a little down about his winter grazing prospects, and you’d be wrong.  He’s found that managing his animals as one big herd is especially beneficial during drought.  In […]

November 16, 2020

Can We Replace Man-Made Fertilizers With Manure?

From November of 2018, here’s a look at why we use inorganic man-made fertilizers even though we know that manure does a better job of improving soil structure and health. Andrew McGuire’s answer, after doing the math, is that there’s just not enough manure in the world to produce the amount of food people on […]

November 9, 2020

A Simple Spreadsheet For Figuring Forage Availability, Winter Feed Needs and More

I created this calculator for the OP community way back in 2013. The calculator is really an Xcel spreadsheet. You plug numbers into the yellow boxes and the answers you need show up in the dark green boxes. There are several different part to the calculator, depending on the questions you’re asking. Forage Available The […]

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