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Add Sixty Years of Experience to Your Toolbox

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...

Which Kind of Grazing is Right for You?

There are so many different names for different kinds of grazing management that sometimes it gets a little confusing. So, to help you pick...

Soil quality critical to help plants weather heat stress from climate change

According to findings published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, the soil's capacity to hold water will be critical in determining the success of...

Why Cows Can Eat Weeds – The Science Behind How Animals Choose What to Eat

This is Part 2 in the "Cows Eat Weeds" Series. If you missed Part 1, Weeds Are Great Forage and Grazing Them Makes You...

Farmers and Ranchers are a Hard-Headed Lot

Nineteen years ago, in February of 2004, I began developing a method to teach cows (and other livestock) to add weeds to their diets....

Planning for Spring Grazing

The Spring Equinox is just three weeks away, but according to the USA National Phenology Network, actual green up may be arriving early in...

What’s the Best Month for Calving/Kidding/Lambing?

This collection of articles focuses on the benefits of choosing a calving/kidding/lambing time to coincide with warmer temperatures and grass growth. It's a great...

Learning from the Past

The other day I read an intro to a book on pasture management that compared corn production and pasture management. The author contended that...

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...

Your Livestock Can Help You Win the War on Weeds

This month we’re focusing on weeds and the way we think about them. In fact, my goal is that you start appreciating them for...

What I Learned After 12 Years of Using Grazing Charts

Three weeks ago, I got a lesson in context when I helped my dad into an ambulance because a sudden stomach bug left him...

Some Advice for Beginning Graziers

I was talking with a friend last night about our experiences with beginning farmers and ranchers, some of the things they do, and the...

Creating a Grazing Plan to Deal With Drought and/or High Hay Prices

If you're not facing drought, you're likely facing higher prices for hay and maybe even reduced hay availability thanks to the rising cost of...

Saving Money, and Protecting Soil and Forage Health During Drought and High Hay Prices

Drought and high hay prices have something in common: responding successfully means taking care of soil and forage health. Here I've collected tips and...

Bonus week – A New Place to Get Farming/Ranching Information and Ideas

Note from Kathy: I recently tuned into a new podcast that I think On Pasture readers will like. Farmer and On Pasture contributor Jenn...

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