January 17, 2022

Life is Short. Where Are You Headed?

Nobody ever had to tell me life was short. Since the beginning, I’ve been living it like a house on fire getting everything I can out of it before ashes become ashes and dust is dust. I read book after book as a kid and did all the extra credit possible. I finished college in […]

January 10, 2022

Do you want to be in the same place next year that you are right now?

Thanks to Jenn Colby for this week’s “Notes from Kathy.” Maybe everything on your farm is going perfectly. The animals are productive, grass growth is great, and you’re feeding minimal hay and making money. Terrific! But is that your whole life? How is your family—do you see them enough? Do you have time for things […]

January 3, 2022

Helping You Get Where You’re Going

My grazing posse is tired of writing about fences – where to put them, how to set them up. They don’t want to write about how grass grows, and even soil health is a tired topic. Why? Because it doesn’t seem to be leading to the success they’d like to see in their community of […]

December 20, 2021

A Few of My Favorite Articles – Ideas for What to Read Next

With almost 3,000 articles in the On Pasture archives, choosing favorites is really impossible. But, since On Pasture will be on break next week celebrating the Holidays with family and friends, I want to leave you with something extra. (You know, just in case you miss me while I’m gone. 😊) So here are some […]

December 13, 2021

The Great Re-Evaluation – Toward a Better Life With Grazing

Lately there’s been talk about “The Great Resignation.” Employers who find it more difficult to fill vacancies blame government subsidies and employees’ unwillingness to work. Others do the math and point out that there are over 10 million vacancies and only 7 million people to fill them. So, as Derek Thompson writes for The Atlantic, […]

December 6, 2021

A Vet’s-Eye View of Livestock Health Problems

Calling a vet seems to be the last thing most graziers want to do. It could be the expense. It could be that we’re running from one thing to the next and feel like we don’t have time and we think some minor adjustment might solve the problem. Or maybe we’re worried that it’s nothing, […]

November 29, 2021

Gifts and Goodies for Graziers

I am a fan of gifts that keep on giving. That auto repair toolbox and tools I got one year got me out of all kinds of difficulties. The Weeds of the West book from a colleague was part of the inspiration for a whole new career teaching cows to eat weeds. So, if you […]

November 22, 2021

Barn Raisings Show Us Our Best Selves

In celebration of Thanksgiving, this week’s Notes from Kathy is actually from my good friend Troy Bishopp. I’m truly grateful for Troy’s advice, support and friendship. Little did I know the tradition of raising a “one-day” dairy barn is what I needed right now, as it speaks to that beautiful process of humans actually working […]

November 15, 2021

Being a Thinking Grazier Includes Understanding How Animals Choose What to Eat

In this month’s Thinking Grazier, Darrell Emmick points out the importance of understanding what a cow needs to be most productive and how she chooses those foods. It’s something I’ve studied for many years used to add nutritious foods to livestock diets. If you’ve spent much time at all at On Pasture, you know I’m […]

November 8, 2021

Meet Someone Making A Difference to Agriculture and the Climate

In this week’s article on the power of compost to increase forage and carbon sequestration, I introduce you to my friends John Wick and Peggy Rathmann. Their work to improve agriculture and provide a climate change solution is worth knowing about. I met John and Peggy over a decade ago, when they invited me to their […]

November 1, 2021

How to Adapt to Changing Climate and Weather – Lessons from the Pacific Islands

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a “Lunch With Forages” session presented by the Oregon Forage and Grasslands Council. It featured Dr. Patricia Fifita, who talked about her work in the Pacific Islands studying and working with local indigenous farmers who are constantly modifying their farming techniques to adjust to an ever changing world. […]

October 25, 2021

What to Say to People Who Think Eating Less Meat Will Save the Planet

It’s my favorite time of year here in Tucson – backyard weenie roast season! One of my friends is vegan for health reasons, so, for our most recent gathering of friends, I bought a package of plant-based hotdogs. It was a great conversation starter for folks who hadn’t met before. Naturally, the discussion turned to […]

October 18, 2021

The Thinking Grazier Makes You Go, “Hmm….”

What do you do when you encounter information that challenges long-held beliefs? Most of us get defensive to some degree. In fact, research shows that the more the information challenges our sense of self, the more threatened we feel and the more defensive we become, making us less likely to listen to or accept the […]

October 11, 2021

Aging Farmers and Ranchers – Another Part of the Story

I’ve lost count of the numbers of articles I’ve read about the aging farmer population and how this affects agriculture’s future. But none of them ever address the aspect of aging that Don Ashford tells in this story. Since On Pasture’s readership is evenly divided into thirds – young, middle-aged, and mature – I thought […]

October 4, 2021

Using Grazing Principles to Solve Overgrazing Impacts

First, you know that new version of the website I promised you this week? Well – technology happened and so there’s going to be a delay. But it’s coming! So stay tuned. Speaking of technology, some recent changes to the Google algorithms have a lot of websites scrambling. No one knows what the changes are, […]

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