Friday, October 7, 2022

“Hmm…” vs “NO WAY!”

How do you feel when you get new information that says something you thought you knew may not be true? Are you kind of uncomfortable,...

October Reads

Safety First! Fall frosts can alter forage chemistry in dangerous ways. Here's what to watch out for. https://onpasture.com/2021/09/13/nitrate-and-prussic-acid-poisoning-its-that-time-of-year-again/ Do you have the forage you need? Victor Shelton helps...

How Low Should You Graze in the Fall and Winter?

Here are three different aspects of what you should consider when fall and winter grazing. Each one describes how you can extend your grazing...

Climate and Grazing

Last month John Marble shared how thankful he is to be in agriculture because his opportunity to do good is so much bigger than...

Grazing Early to Manage Weeds in Warm Season Grass Pastures

A recent article in Nebraska Ag Connection by Bruce Anderson, an extension forage specialist describes how grazing early can be a good tool for...

Heads Up On Irrigating and Toxic Plants as We Move Into Fall

A question on irrigating pasture was brought up last week. Here in Indiana, there are typically only portions of three months where moisture may...

Maximizing Spring Green Up Without Destroying Summer Pastures

One of the toughest grazing management periods for livestock producers is spring green-up. It offers all kinds of challenging variables. It is hard to...

Feeding Livestock After a Flood

This isn't the article we'd planned for this week, but the flooding in Colorado means that some of our fellow producers need some information NOW! Here's what we all need to know when disaster strikes.

Create Another “Acre” of Pasture By Managing the Grass You’ve Got

This piece is drawn from a presentation Jim Gerrish did in 2015 sponsored by the Iowa Beef Center. We've embedded the 15:20 video of...

The Beginnings of Soil Conservation and the Regenerative Agriculture Movement

There's a saying that "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." Usually we think of that in a bad way, as...

Soil Health Principles Part 1 – The Nature and Properties of Soils

In the fall of 2013, film maker Robin "Buz" Kloot, teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a project to share the...

Grazing for Soil Health

Thanks to the folks with NRCS's "Unlock the Secrets of Soil Health" for their part in developing this article. The abandoned cotton farm Terry and...

Teaching Livestock to Respect Electric Fences

Electric fencing is fine. It makes it possible to be more flexible and versatile with our management and I recommend it without reservation. As...

Cow Farts and Burps – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Strange as it may seem, cattle producers, particularly dairy farmers, have been trying to reduce cow flatus and eructations (farts and burps) for decades...

Small Ruminant Toolbox Now Available

No, it's not a toolbox for goats and sheep. They don't have thumbs! Better than that - it's a toolbox of information to help sheep and goat producers prosper.

Lead Steers – Clifford and Buddy – Worth Their Weight in Feed

Brains and leadership can be just as important to your operation as the product you're growing.

Grazier's Focus of the Month

What You Do This Spring Impacts Your Whole Grazing Season

These tips from Troy were timely in 2014. They're things we probably need to be reminded about every year! Enjoy! Believe it or not, sometime...

For More Forage, Improved Soil and a Better Future Just Spread Compost

Earlier this summer I wrote about adapting to new climate normals and what warmer temperatures, longer droughts and more extreme weather events mean for...

Stockpiling to Extend the Grazing Season

Stockpiling is a practice graziers use to reduce winter feed costs and increase profitability. It's nothing more than setting aside some of your pastures...

The Thinking Grazier

What’s a Grazing Decision Really Worth?

Because this topic is so important, I've made this article free to everyone. I remember it well: sitting on the veranda with my wife and...

A Walk Through of How to Use Your Grazing Chart

Have you downloaded your grazing chart? Have you started looking at the list of questions that will help you get your planning underway? Do...

Leading Instead of Herding – Why and How to Teach Your Livestock to Follow

Last month in The Thinking Grazier, John Marble got us thinking about our relationship with our animals and how behavior (theirs and ours), along...

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