May 16, 2022

Finding the Information You Need

Back when I was starting to raise meat chickens, I went online and looked for plans for the chicken tractor recommended by a pretty famous person in the farm world. You can find the directions all over the internet. I built one, I used it, and at the end of my first year of raising […]

May 9, 2022

Some Advice for Beginning Graziers

I was talking with a friend last night about our experiences with beginning farmers and ranchers, some of the things they do, and the consequences of those choices. Here are some thoughts for you drawn from our conversation. Choosing an animal breed What should you buy? Well, What will make you money? Don’t choose Icelandic […]

May 2, 2022

Creating an Information System to Get You Where You’re Going

Something funny happened at On Pasture in April. Three OP authors all wrote articles on the same topic without checking in with me or each other first. each article was about some version of record keeping as part of being a successful grazier. That’s why this month we’re focusing on record keeping – or better […]

April 25, 2022

Why I’m Writing About Drought

“A “megadrought” gripping the western United States is the worst one in 500 years, scientists say. And it’s the first to be influenced by human-caused climate change.” Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, April 17, 2020 This year, the megadrought in the West hit 22 years. That means over a third of my life has been spent […]

April 18, 2022

How High Are Fuel Prices Now Compared to the Past?

As John Marble and I were discussing this week’s Thinking Grazier, he asked me to take a look at historic fuel prices and where they were today compared to the past. Of course, based on everything we are hearing in the news, it feels like prices today are outrageous compared to what they used to be. […]

April 11, 2022

Pray for Rain. Plan for Drought.

That’s the advice from the South Dakota Grassland Coalition this grazing season. And this April 7 U.S. Drought Monitor map predicting drought for about half the U.S. is why.   Read on for more SDGC advice on prepping for a drought-driven grazing season. “If we can’t grow grass, we can’t make money. That’s the bottom […]

April 4, 2022

Lookout for Avian Flu in Your Flock

This week we’re trying to help you solve problems you’re likely to encounter this grazing season. We start with a focus on reducing the impact of hay and fuel costs on your operation. To that, we’re adding some watch outs and ways to prevent your flocks from being impacted by the current round of Highly […]

March 28, 2022

Are You What’s Holding Your Grazing Business Back?

Note from Kathy: Welcome to On Pasture’s Bonus week! Most months have four weeks. But on those special months with five weeks, On Pasture brings you something special too. Thanks to Jenn Colby for this week’s “Notes from Kathy” and for this week’s article. “I realized that I  was what was holding my farm business […]

March 21, 2022

The Joy of Doing Things the Hard Way

This week, as I was writing the article on the benefits of calving on grass, I was reminded how resourceful human beings can be. Many folks have already finished their calving season, because for them “Spring” calving starts as early as February. And because calving in a spring that can involve below zero temperatures and […]

March 14, 2022

Get Your Perfect Grazing Recipe Here!

Oh dear! If you clicked on this hoping that you’d find the answer to all your problems, I’m sorry. The perfect recipe doesn’t exist. Unlike baking a cake, there is not a recipe that will get you smoothly from point A to point B. On the other hand, like baking a cake, you can start […]

March 7, 2022

Are You Making Progress on Your Grazing Plan? And on planning time off?

An On Pasture reader called this weekend. He’s moved to Mexico and is living on the beach. And he’s given up grazing. Now, that’s one route to having more free time. But it’s not necessarily available to everyone. And you don’t really have to give up grazing just to have some time off. Showing you […]

February 28, 2022

Print a Grazing Chart and Save the Planet!

Every year about this time, Troy Bishopp starts getting requests for grazing charts from folks all across the Northeast. Calls come in from well outside the area served by the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District where Troy works. And, because he’s such an advocate, Troy is usually happy to help. But he can’t […]

February 21, 2022

The Largest Source of Grazing Articles and Videos

This past year, On Pasture supported the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council’s Farmer Mentor Program by donating three free months of access to On Pasture. As we get ready to work them again this year, we got a note from the program coordinator saying mentees found that On Pasture was the largest source of grazing […]

February 14, 2022

Is a Bigger Grazing Operation Better?

“Bigness is pervasive in America as nowhere else in the world. It is as much a part of the American system, the American way of thinking, as the capillaries are a part of the vascular system.”    ~ Kirkpatrick Sale, “In modern America, bigger is not only better, it’s the best.”   For half a century, […]

February 7, 2022

All for One and One for All – It’s why we’re here

I don’t know if it was all the stories I read as a kid about the Knights of the Round Table, Robin Hood, and the Three Musketeers, or if it was my Mennonite upbringing, but I am “All for one and one for all” at my core. I’ve just always thought we were all in […]

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