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A Path to Becoming a Successful Grazier

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Grazing Management, NRCS  /  1 Comment

The leaves on your plant are like the alternator on your car. And the roots are the battery – they story energy. The leaves take in energy with photosynthesis and they store it in the roots. So when you season-long graze, the cows come along and bite it off every day, day after day. It’s […]

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Bison Rancher Protects Great Lakes With Buffer Strips

By   /  September 23, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to Savannah Halleaux of the Michigan Farm Service Agency for sharing this article with On Pasture. Orv Kabat raises bison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In its 30th year of business, Orv’s Circle K Ranch provides meat to about 30 restaurants and health food stores across the state, while ensuring cleaner water flows downstream. But […]

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What’s the Key to Grazing Success? Rest!

By   /  September 16, 2019  /  NRCS, The Classic by NatGLC  /  No Comments

We first ran this article in September of 2017. As I reviewed it before sharing it again this week, I was struck by how well this rancher understands his ecosystem and how he changed his management to fit. His emphasis on rest highlights the most important thing we can do: provide adequate time for plants […]

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Soil Health Isn’t Free – Incorporating Livestock Can Reduce Economic Risk

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Money Matters, NRCS  /  No Comments

Keeping soils covered is one of the keys to soil health, and cover crops are often promoted as a good way to prevent erosion while also adding nutrients to the soil. But cover crop seeding isn’t free. What can we do to mitigate the economic risk involved? That’s what Doug Sieck talks about with Buz […]

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A Profile In Soil Health – A Rancher Feeds the Above- and Below-Ground Livestock

By   /  September 2, 2019  /  Forage, NRCS, Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

“All the different bugs of the soil…are disassembling a complex item [manure] that the cow put on the ground, and they’re taking that back into the soil for the benefit of everything else that’s growing to make the whole cycle start again.” -Andrew Snyder   Andrew Snyder’s idea of ranch management changed the day he […]

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