August 16, 2021

Setting up a Paddock/Pasture System That’s Just Right For You

This week in The Thinking Grazier, we take a look at one of the most commonly asked questions: “How should I set up my paddock/pasture system?” Because everyone’s operation, landscape, needs, and goals are different, we can’t tell you, “This is what it should look like.” But we can give you some principles to think […]

August 9, 2021

Adaptive, Multi-Paddock Grazing May Not Be Better Than Continuous Grazing

More food for thought for the Thinking Grazier “Adaptive, multipaddock rotational grazing management did not enhance vegetation productivity or the density of perennial C3 [cool season] grasses, but it did markedly reduce livestock performance.” That was the conclusion of a 2020 paper, “Adaptive, multipaddock rotational grazing management: A ranch-scale assessment of effects on vegetation and […]

July 26, 2021

How to Age Gracefully – Advice From our Older Selves to Our Younger Selves

When Jonathan Goldstein was leaving his CBC radio show after 11 years, he wanted to leave listeners with something helpful. So he put together this video going away gift. “How to Age Gracefully” isn’t so much about living with wrinkles, changing metabolism, and creaky joints. Rather, it’s advice that our older selves would have loved […]

July 19, 2021

The Thinking Grazier – Tools for Expanding Your Brain

This week I’m introducing a new column. “The Thinking Grazier” goes beyond the hows and how-tos of grazing to focus on developing our skills as problem solvers. It’s not about “what” to think, but about “how” to think, how to develop your observational skills, and how to apply what you learn so you can adapt […]

July 12, 2021

Two Goals Graziers Should Work Toward

I wasn’t able to write this week’s Scoop because I needed to leave town to attend the funeral of a dear friend who passed away unexpectedly. Don Ashford is standing in for me with this excerpt from Grazing 101. His thoughts about the most important things a grazier should consider, based on his sixty some […]

July 5, 2021

We’re Improving On Pasture

We’re making some changes to what we publish and to our publication schedule so we can serve you better. Here’s what’s happening.

June 28, 2021

What You Need to Know to Be a Successful Grazier – No Matter the Weather

This morning I got a call from Don Ashford, my adopted Louisiana Dad. Naturally, our conversation started with the weather. He told me they are suffering from way too much rain. Meanwhile, here in Tucson, Arizona, we have the opposite problem – only five inches of precipitation in the last 18 months. So, when we […]

June 21, 2021

Some Days Nothing Goes Right – So watch a funny video instead!

I thought I knew what I was doing this morning. I worked hard last week to create a special surprise for you. But today, as I tried to put the finishing touches on it, I ran into glitches and software bugs that stopped me in my tracks. Then the internet slowed to a snail’s pace, […]

June 14, 2021

Goal Setting to Get You Where Want to Go (An Easy Version)

I was recently working with a colleague on a series of emails we hoped would increase visibility and engagement for a project she’s working on. We laid out a series of topics, discussed how they would get us what we wanted, and then began to split up the tasks. And that’s when I stopped us […]

June 7, 2021

Greg Judy’s Newest Book is Now Available!

Well, this is exciting! 🙂 Greg Judy’s latest book, “How to Think Like a Grazier – Inspiration, Mentors and Getting It Done” is hot off the presses. I’m excited about it for two reasons: 1) As the editor for this project, I’m really tickled about how it came together, and 2) I think graziers will […]

May 31, 2021

Will You Watch This Show About a Guy Learning to Farm?

When Jeremy Clarkson’s farm manager retired in 2019, he didn’t hire a new one. Instead he thought, “I can do that,” explaining, “You put seeds in the ground, weather happens, it’s not difficult.” Heck, he even decided to add a flock of sheep for good measure. Then experience taught him some things. “It’s phenomenally difficult […]

May 24, 2021

How to Use the Most Important Tool A Grazier Has

We all have one, and oddly, it doesn’t come with instructions. But when given the proper care, it can be the solution to every problem we encounter as a grazier. Yes, it’s your brain. At 2% of your body weight, your brain accounts for 20% of your energy use – between 250 and 350 calories […]

May 17, 2021

How to Reduce Stress on the Farm or Ranch

I used to own goats. And as you all know, goats get out. And when they’re out they do bad things, like dance on the roof of your neighbor’s car. Or you get calls like, “Kathy, the goats are out and they’re eating the general’s flowers.” That was a Saturday and my husband and I […]

May 10, 2021

Free Grazing 101 Ebook and Online Courses Available

I love it when a plan comes together! Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working with the National Grazing Lands Coalition and Yvette Gibson to put together some new, FREE resources to help folks up their grazing game. And now, I’m just so tickled to present the Grazing 101 ebook, and three online […]

May 3, 2021

Drought is Coming For You

I’m a bit worried about what this grazing season has in store for many of us. Let’s just start right off by looking at the Vegetation Drought Response Index for the United States as of April 25. This map combines current satellite data and information about soils, land cover, land use and ecological settings that […]

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