Sunday, February 5, 2023

Prepping for Grazing Season Part 3 – Could Stockers Be a Profitable Option for You?

This week we have a three part series from Blake Allen who runs stockers in North Carolina. Even if you're not considering making the...

Prepping for Grazing Season Part 2 – Managing Livestock Moves

We started 2023 with some articles to help you take a look at where you are and where you want to go. While you're...

Good News About Climate Change

We've all seen that graph that shows the ups and downs of carbon in the atmosphere. Vostok ice core data shows us that for...

Let’s kick off 2023 with some good news!

We’ve all seen that graph that shows the ups and downs of carbon in the atmosphere and then the sudden rise to levels never...

Swath Grazing: Extending the grazing season

Producers are always looking to cut costs in livestock operations because of marginal profit opportunities in commodity based markets. One proposed way to cut...

Can We Graze Now?

  Yes, there is green grass. Yes, both you and the livestock are more than eager to utilize it. Yes, you both should wait before grazing it. It...

Cows Prefer Grazing Stockpile to Eating Hay

On a winter day, -3 degrees and so cold that he was having trouble videoing, Greg Judy found that the hay he'd kindly brought...

Making Hay When the Sun Doesn’t Shine

Rain is always an issue when it's hay making time. Though this was written with farmers in the Northeast in mind, we're sure that there are a lot of you out there who can take advantage of these hay-making tips!

What Makes Grass Grow Back Fastest – Trampling, Clipping or Cow Spit?

Troy started this piece, Kathy Voth added some, and Jim Gerrish shared his observations. And with all that, we're still not sure we have...

Bedstraw is a Nutritious, Resilient Forage

If you have bedstraw  on your farm or ranch, lucky you! According to forage analysis done by the Vermont Pasture Management Outreach program, protein...

Just a Few Fences Can Improve Pasture Health and Increase Stocking Rates

This video comes to us from our friends Downunder.  It shows one sheep producer's experience with using rotational grazing to improve his pastures.  With...

Soil chemistry? Are you kidding? CEC in Under 500 Words

Cation exchange capacity is part of your soil test results. Why do you care? Because it is the capacity of your soil to hold nutrients. Hold onto the tractor seat! We're in for a quick and bumpy ride down the Soil Science Lane!

Swine Time

Here's a quick look at a low-cost way to start with pigs, along with a great resource for learning more about making money with whatever livestock you raise.

Plan Ahead for Broiler Profits

Last week Kathy shared the budget for a backyard broiler operation. Now, here's a budgeting tool for doing it on a larger scale to tell you what kind of profit you might expect from your own operation. Does it pay to do this? Tell us!

Helping Animals Get the Most From Your Pastures

In general, the more livestock eat, the more weight they gain or milk they produce. Thus, forage intake is key to animal performance. Agronomists...

Have Goat, Will Travel (And Make Money Too!)

In this excerpt from her book "Farms With A Future" Rebecca shares the story of a start-up farmer who created success by taking his product to the people.

Grazier's Focus of the Month

Grazing Season Prep Step 2 – Mapping Your Pastures and Soils

On Pasture's New Year's Resolution is to help you move into this grazing season in a way that ensures a happy, healthy life, and...

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...

Tips From Fellow Graziers For Heading Your Farming/Ranching Career in the Right Direction

May is another Bonus Month and Jenn Colby is back to share more about what she's learned as the host of the podcast Choosing...

The Thinking Grazier

Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management, Multipaddock Rotational Grazing, and the Story of the Regrazed Grass Plant

In this month’s The Thinking Grazier, we’re looking at some research that might challenge some of our preconceived notions. I’ve included questions we can...

What’s a Grazing Decision Really Worth?

I remember it well: sitting on the veranda with my wife and two bottles of wine from our favorite winery, contemplating our future life...

Adapting to a Changing Climate

Editor’s Note: I just got back from 5 days in the largest 2C hot spot in the Lower 48. Grand Junction, Colorado is in...

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