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On Pasture Handouts for NRCS Staff Use

A USDA- NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant makes On Pasture available to you as a resource to support the work you do helping farmers and ranchers be better graziers. We thought one way to help you would be to provide handouts that quickly link your clients to articles that help you help them. Here are three examples drawn from our library of over 1800 articles.

Of course, you may need something specific for your workshop or event or to answer commonly asked questions. In that case, just email On Pasture Editor, Kathy Voth . She’ll be happy to sort through the On Pasture library and put something together just for you.

A good place to start improving management is to understand what kind of soil a farm or ranch has, and what it’s capable of. This handout starts with a link to an article that describes how to use the Web Soil Survey and all the great information a farmer or rancher can get about their soils, and how much they can produce. Readers also get the basics on pH and its importance to pasture and animal health, along with some tips for doing good (and easy!) soil testing.

Troy Bishopp worked with farmers to create a grazing chart they can use to manage their livestock and forage while promoting soil health. This handout links readers to articles where they can get their free grazing chart, and then to the series Troy did on how to use the chart. Readers learn how to set goals, map their pastures, and figure out how much forage they have and how much they need.

Mob grazing is a form of rotational grazing that helps farmers and ranchers make the most of their pasture resources while improving soil health and their own bottom line. This handout links readers to a series of articles covering what a North Dakota couple learned about implementing mob grazing on their 2700 acre ranch. It covers fence and water set up, adjusting for different vegetation types and pasture sizes, how it worked out for them, and what they recommend to others new to this management style.