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 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, […]

September 20, 2021

Tips for Training Livestock to Come When Called (and do other helpful things)

In last week’s issue, John Marble showed us the numbers that demonstrate calling and leading livestock is more efficient and cost effective than herding. I also wrote about how it works just as well on large landscapes. This week, since On Pasture is all about saving you time and money, John and I are each […]

September 13, 2021

Calling and Leading Livestock Over Long Distances – It’s Easy!

This week, John Marble is sharing his study comparing the efficiency of leading livestock vs. calling and leading them. Calling and leading came out on top every time. In his “Discussion” section, he mentions that folks working on large landscapes may question if it works in their case. I’m here to say, “Yes, it does!” […]

August 23, 2021

Add Sixty Years of Experience to Your Knowledge Base

This week we’re celebrating Don Ashford’s birthday. We’re not going to say how old he is because you’d never guess it by looking at him. Let’s just say he’s old enough to have six decades of farming experience behind him. To celebrate, we’ve put together a present for all of you: a Special Collection of […]

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