Publisher, Editor and Author
Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.
- Adapting to a Changing Climate
- The Thinking Grazier – Tools for Expanding Your Brain
- Which Kind of Grazing is Right for You?
- We’re Improving On Pasture
- Pinkeye and Fly Management Made Easier
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Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1400 acres of leased land that includes 11 farms. Their successful custom grazing business is founded on holistic, high-density, planned grazing. They run cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, stockers, a hair sheep flock, a goat herd, and Tamworth pigs. They also direct market grass-fed beef, lamb and pork. Greg's popularity as a speaker and author comes from his willingness to describe how anyone can use his grazing techniques to create lush forage, a sustainable environment and a successful business.
- How to Get Rid of Broomsedge in Your Pastures
- Greg Judy’s Fencing Advice
- Calving While Moving With the Mob
- How Do You Pay Bills With $50 Profit Per Calf?
- Grazing Season Is Coming – Let’s Talk Fencing!
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Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is a seasoned grazier and grasslands advocate who owns, manages and linger-grazes at Bishopp Family Farm in Deansboro, NY with his understanding wife, daughters, grandchildren and parents. Their certified organic custom grazing operation raise dairy heifers, grass-finished beef and backgrounds feeder cattle on 180 acres of owned and leased pastures. Troy also mentors farmers on holistic land management for the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. This award-winning free-lance writer, essayist and photographer maintains a website presence at www.thegrasswhisperer.com
- Transforming a Sunset is Hard
- Before You Graze, Know Your Goals: What Are You Doing? Why Are You Doing It?
- How Many Animals Can Your Pasture Support?
- Do You Need a Grazing Chart? Only if You Want More Grazing Days and More Fun Days
- A Writer’s Ripening – and answers to a conservation planning survey
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Jenn is a diversified meat livestock farmer, competitive barbecuer, UVM Extension professional, and self-described Communitarian. She lives and farms in Central Vermont, and delivers education and outreach to grass-based and livestock farmers statewide.
- Learning to Market from the Heart – What I Learned from Charlotte Smith
- The Progressing Farmer Goes to the Bank…and Another Bank…and Another…
- The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm Part 3: How to Pick the Right Farm
- The Progressing Farmer Buys a Farm Part 2: Getting Your Head Right
- Jenn Colby, Progressing Farmer: How to Start Your Own Farm From Scratch
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Sandra Kay Miller
Sandra Kay Miller is a female farmer, damn good cook and witty writer slicing her finger open on the cutting edge of sustainable agriculture. Visiting her Painted Hand Farm is like living a crash course on all that's right with food and farming today - taught by one of the most delightful people ever to rebuild an antique Babson Surge Milker (and use it!) or raise a goat from birth to curry pot. Sandra has served on the boards of many organizations and has been instrumental in developing farmers markets. She's a prolific writer and speaker sharing her knowledge and experience with others.
- Orchestrating a Diversified Livestock Operation
- Tips for Squeezing Every Drop of Profit From Your Small Ruminant Herd
- Best of OP – Managing Multi-Species Grazing
- Another Option for Herding Livestock
- Bad Grass
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Ed is the Forage Extension Specialist at West Virginia University. He works with other specialists, county agents, farmers, and NRCS staff in developing and implementing on-farm research and educational programs to support pasture-based livestock production and helps landowners develop economically and environmentally sustainable production systems on their farms. He was technical editor for the four volume NRAES book series on pasture-based livestock production. He previously worked for the USDA-Soil Conservation Service in western New York as a Grassland Specialist serving dairy and livestock producers in the 15 western counties of New York. Ed, his wife Sue, their three border collies, and 30 cows manage a pasture-based farm in Preston County West Virginia
- Plant growth under rotational grazing
- Collect More Sunshine to Grow More Grass
- Turn Sunshine Into $ by Understanding How Plants Grow
- How Much Time and Money Should You Spend on That Calf?
- A Calculator for Marginal Calf Weight Values
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Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for more than fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm (Click HERE) was named a Top Read by The Washington Post and NPR. Forrest’s new book The Farmer In Your Kitchen: A Celebration Of Extraordinary Farms And Local Flavors is slated for release in Fall 2015, from the award-winning press The Experiment.
- Principles for Grass Fed Success
- The How-Tos of Pastured Turkeys
- Forrest Pritchard’s Secrets for Successful Farming
- Best of OP – How to Be A Successful Farmer/Rancher in the 21st Century
- Tips for Finishing Grass Fed Beef
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Bill Fosher started farming in 1989 in Hadley, Mass., and hasn’t been able to stop since. After years of moving from place to place, he and his wife, Lynn Zimmerman, have put down roots in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire, not far from where Bill grew up. Vegetables were his first farming venture, but sheep were added in 1990 and have been Bill’s main passion ever since. They also raise and sell pork, pastured chickens and turkeys, farm fresh eggs, hand-dyed and natural color yarns, and sheepskins. Bill is an expert in pasture management, and moonlights as the coordinator for Granite State Graziers. He is known for his common-sense approach to intensive rotational grazing and for his commitment to animal welfare.
- Are parasites a limiting factor in your flock/herd?
- Best of OP – The Importance of Tail Docking Lambs
- How to Save Hypothermic Lambs
- The Importance of Tail Docking Lambs
- Saving Hypothermic Lambs
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I graduated from West Virginia University in 2012 with a degree in livestock management, and a minor in agribusiness. While at WVU, I won a statewide entrepreneurship competition with a patentable device I designed for video-assisted cattle artificial insemination. I then spent six months interning for grazing expert Greg Judy in Missouri. Now I run Rhinestone Cattle Consulting, helping new and experienced farmers build profitable mob grazing beef operations. I offer artificial insemination, electric fence building and graphic design services too. I'll travel anywhere in the 48 states for on-farm consulting and speaking at conferences.
- Be a Business, Not a Charity – Lessons From a Young Grazier
- Outwintering Cattle With Stockpile and Bale Grazing
- When High Density Hurts: Remediating Overgrazed Land
- Offset Fencing – An Option for Keeping Wily Animals in Pastures
- Prepping For Livestock Arrival
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Kimberly Hagen is a Grazing Specialist at the University of Vermont Pasture Network. She also owns and operates Osprey Hill Farms where she grazes sheep, producing lamb, sheepskins, yarn and raspberries for local sale.
- Trampling Our Way to Success – Thoughts From a Workshop With Ian Mitchell-Innes
- Can You Trample Your Way to Success?
- Right Sizing Your Operation
- Pastoral Icon or Wooly Menace? Are Sheep Destroying the Planet?
- It’s OK to Trample!
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Dave Scott is a Livestock Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Dave has 30 years experience with intensive grazing, including dairy and sheep. He has also served as a part-time consultant in management-intensive grazing, helping ranchers design and implement grazing systems that increased their stocking rates and net profits. Currently, Dave and his wife, Jenny, operate Montana Highland Lamb, a 200-ewe enterprise that markets over 50% of their grass-based natural lamb directly to the consumers in southwest Montana.
- What’s Left in Your Pastures Can Tell You What You Might Need to Do Differently
- How to Tell When Your Lamb/Steer is Finished
- The Lambulator: A Cut-Yield Calculator for the Lamb Direct Marketer
- Laying Hands on Them – How to Tell When Your Lamb is Finished
- ATTRA’s Extended Cow Calf Calculator
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Karen has a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell with an emphasis on dairy cattle management and nutrition and an MS from Penn State where her thesis project investigated various grain feeding strategies to high producing dairy cows on a rotational grazing system. She spent 6 years with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County, NY as a dairy management educator for 6 years. She now serves as Resource Conservationist - Animal Science for the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she has been for 15+ years. Karen's expertise is feeding management that keeps costs of production low. She also troubleshoots nutrition and management problems when needed, and provides educational presentations on grazing and feeding. She is co-author of the publications “Prescribed Grazing and Feeding Management for Lactating Dairy Cows” and NOFA-NY’s “Transitioning to Organic Dairy Self-Assessment Workbook” and “The Organic Dairy Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Transition and Beyond”. She also writes for Graze magazine addressing feeding questions, and participates in grazing research projects with Universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service. Karen and her family run a grass-based farm Chenango County, NY raising polled Dorset sheep, heritage breed turkeys, laying hens, and a registered Holstein calf. She has a small number of milking Holsteins on a friend’s grass-based dairy farm as well.
- Get a Better Grip on Soil Health in Just 5 Minutes
- Graze or DIE!
- Prepping Livestock for Winter Feed
- Graze Or DIE
- Five Minutes to a Better Understanding of Soil
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Mark Cannella is a farm business management specialist for University of Vermont Extension. He has been working in the field of agriculture in VT for over 10 years. He has managed farm operations in vegetable production, maple sugaring and agricultural education. His current focus is the management and delivery of farm business planning programs, business management trainings and farm economic research. Mark contributes to programs that serve a diverse audience of farm producers raising different products at different scales. His areas of expertise are farm financial analysis, farm business planning, project/program management and applied food systems research.
- Considering Adding Broilers? Here’s a Tool to Help You Plan
- Before You Start, Figure Out How Your New Project Could Die
- Your Guide to Figuring the Right Farm Rental Rate
- Risk Sharing Implications for Today’s CSA Farm
- Plan Ahead for Broiler Profits
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For more than 25 years, Victor Shelton, Indiana agronomist and grazing specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, has provided advice about grazing’s best practices. He travels across the state conducting pasture walks, working one on one with farmers and participating in grazing talks. He also writes a newsletter called "Grazing Bites" as a way to talk about current and seasonal grazing issues and what farmers need to be prepared for.
- How to Manage for What’s Happening in Pastures Now
- Is Your Grass Getting Ahead of You? Here’s What to Do
- Here’s What Short Grazing Does to Spring Regrowth
- Spring is Sprung – Grazing for Best Results, Avoiding Toxic Plants and Preventing Grass Tetany
- Impacts of Fall and Winter Grazing on Spring Regrowth
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- Helping Animals Get the Most From Your Pastures
- Do Animals Know Which Minerals They Need?
- Can Animals Detect Mineral Deficiencies?
- Preventing the Spread of Medusahead
- The Curse of Medusahead Rye
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Whit is a fourth generation Montana rancher who spent aobut 38 years handling cattle conventionally before making the paradigm shift to low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) as taught by Bud Williams. For the past 10 years he has studied and practice LSLH, and shares his knowledge in clinics, onsite consultations, and articles. He began publishing the Stockmanship Journal in 2012. It is the definitive source for quality information on stockmanship. Though the importance of stockmanship is becoming well recognized, until this Journal, there was no professional publication addressing the subject. Hibbard began publishing the Journal in January of 2012 to provide a consistent and efficient way to share information on stockmanship, and to serve as a forum for open, intelligent and informed dialogue. The Journal is a means for improving the level of discourse and the discipline of stockmanship. It is published twice a year in electronic form and includes articles written by experts in the field.
- Easy Techniques for Turning Cattle and Moving Them Out of Corners
- Tips for Low-Stress Cattle Gathering and Driving
- Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Working Cattle in Alleyways
- Low-Stress Livestock Handling and Corral Work – Part 1
- Low-Stress Management Improves Post-Weaning Calf Health
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Mark is the Soils Agronomist for Organic Valley and CROPP Cooperative. He has spent most of his life working in agriculture. After serving in the Marine Corps, Mark attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he earned a Bachelor of Science in soil science and a minor in agronomy. He worked two years as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service and then attended graduate school at UW-Madison where he completed a master’s degree in soil science. Mark worked for over 24 years an agriculture agent for UW-Extension providing education to farmers throughout Wisconsin, focusing on crop and soil management. In 2012, he accepted his current position, where he helps cooperative members and others to improve their crop and soil management skills. He and his family have operated a small grass based dairy farm in northern Wisconsin for over 20 years and have been members of Organic Valley since 2007.
- Using Wood Ash to Improve Pasture Soils and Forages
- What Do Plant Roots Do for Soil Health?
- How Much Phosphorus Do We Want in Our Soils?
- Mechanics of Soil Compaction in Pastures
- Should We Test Soils For Molybdenum, Cobalt, and Selenium?
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Greg has a BS degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of TN, Knoxville with special emphasis on animal science and landscape design. He worked as the State Grazing Land Soil Health Specialist for 23 of his 40-year tenure with NRCS. With more than 40 years of land and pasture management, Greg has had the privilege of watching his plans transform land under the great care of land managers. More than 200,000 acres have been transformed by his attentive planning. Greg is a featured speaker at many conferences and grazing schools around the country. His private consulting practice, Synergistic Grazing Management, provides land management planning to farmers, ranchers, land preservation organizations, and public land managers. He has developed land management plans as varied as the 100,000 acres at Fort Campbell Military Base to diversified farms of 25 acres. Looking past symptoms to discover and resolve root issues, his plans provide practical ideas to help you reach your goals. Greg hosts an annual “Pasture Walk” that brings together farmers, researchers, and ag and environmental specialists to maintain a space for difficult discussions and friendly conversations around synergistic land management. His deep understanding of plant communities as indicators of land productivity has made him a stead resource for land owners and managers passionate to understand nature’s ability to regenerate land.
- UH-OH! I’m running out of grass! What should I do?
- Timely Tips: Don’t Stop Feeding Hay Too Soon
- What Do Different Plants Tell Us About Our Soils and How to Improve Them?
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Greg Halich, PhD
Greg Halich is an Associate Extension Professor at the University of Kentucky in the department of Agricultural Economics. He works extensively with profitability evaluation and improvement in livestock and forages, with a particular focus on the analysis of grazing systems, extended season grazing, and grass-finished beef production. Outside of his official work duties, he raises stocker cattle and produces pasture-finished beef for direct sale near Lexington Kentucky, and is in a partnership that raises sheep and custom grazes beef cattle in upstate New York where he is originally from.
Jim Gerrish is the author of "Management-Intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming" and "Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide to Year-around Grazing" and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His company, American GrazingLands Services LLC is dedicated to improving the health and sustainable productivity of grazing lands around the world through the use of Management-intensive Grazing practices. They work with small farms, large ranches, government agencies and NGO's to promote economically and environmentally sustainable grazing operations and believe healthy farms and ranches are the basis of healthy communities and healthy consumers. Visit their website to find out more about their consulting services and grazing management tools, including electric fencing, stock water systems, forage seed, and other management tools.
- Is the Expense Justified? Part 2 of Fencing Costs and Effectiveness for Unusual Challenges
- Fencing Costs and Effectiveness for Unusual Challenges
- How Much Grass Do You Have in Your Pasture?
- Using Your Herd to Get Manure Spread Onto Your Pastures
- Feeding Hay to Improve Your Land – Part 6
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Juan comes from a two-generation pasture-based family farm in Uruguay. He obtained his BS in Agronomy in Brazil, his MS in Plant and Soil Science with Bill Murphy and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. He has experienced interdisciplinary research in grazing management, agroecology, ecosystems goods and services, land use change, conservation policy, green markets, and ecological economics. His work addresses environmental, social and productive aspects of grazing farms, with emphasis on dairy management, ecosystems conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Vermont and New England. In his study, grasslands play a key role because they are complex ecosystems that sustain a vast array of functions and processes delivering benefits for supporting healthy environments and communities.
- Baby It’s Cold Outside! Watch Out For Livestock
- Pearl Millet is a Drought and Heat Tolerant Option for the Summer Slump
- Rhizobia = Free Nitrogen!
- When Planning for the Summer Slump, Consider Pearl Millet
- Grazing Sequentially vs. Pasture Skipping
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- One Grazier’s Experience With Ultra-High Stock Density Grazing
- Are you choosing the right females for your herd?
- Winter Strip Grazing – Determining Strip Size
- Grazing Hacks for Feeding Mineral, Blocking Water Gaps and Solar Charger Stands
- Tips for Setting Up Paddocks for Managed Grazing
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My name is Don Ashford and my wife is Betty and we live in Ethel, LA. It would be impossible for me to write a bio about myself without including Betty in it. We have been together since high school. I was in the senior class of 1955 and she was in the class of 1957. Do the math. We have raised cattle since 1959 except for a little time that I spent with Uncle Sam. We have grazed stockers, owned several cow- calf herds and custom grazed cattle for other folks. I worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years. Until we went into the dairy business in 1977 we were as most people down here part-timers or week-end ranchers. Later after we had learned enough about MIG to talk about it so that it would be understood by others we put together a pasture-walk group to introduce it to our friends and neighbors. We belong to more farm groups then we probably should but we get great joy working with other people. What makes us most proud are our son and daughter, our 5 grandkids and our 7 great-grand kids. It has been a hell of a trip so far, but we are not done yet.
- Two Goals Graziers Should Work Toward
- Weeds Are NOT the Problem!
- Do You Know Who Your Market Is?
- Thinking of New Year’s Resolutions? Try This Instead
- You Never Know How Things Will Work Out – But They Usually Do
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I am the head of the GIS Department and Assistant Professor of GIS at Northern Virginia Community College. I am a scientist. I love data, discovery, and problem solving. I am a bit of a water quality expert. My academic background is in the natural sciences. I have Ph.D. from West Virginia University where I studied phosphorus movement and modeling and agriculture. I have degrees in Applied Agricultural Science, Animal and Vet Science, Agronomy -Soil Science, Public Administration, and Agriculture. I am an experienced Agriculture and Natural Resources extension educator / county Agent and author of multiple articles and publications. I have served as a local resource to assist in the identification and resolution of any agricultural and natural resources issues. I have developed agricultural and natural resources related programming to support the people of the county, the state, and the nation. In my current position I train students in the basic and advanced use of Geographic Information Systems to solve problems, model “stuff” and identify patterns in data. In my spare time, I love to write for On Pasture!
- Ten Steps to Better Pastures and Grazing
- Grazing Management Using Cow Pie GIS
- A Process For Better Grasslands and Pastures
- Frosty the Snowman: Friend or Foe
- Spring “To Do” List for Grass Managers
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Shannon Hayes (also known as "The Radical Homemaker") works with three generations of her family producing grassfed meats on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. She is the author of several books, including The Grassfed Gourmet, Long Way on a Little: An earth lovers' companion for enjoying meat, pinching pennies and living deliciously, and Radical Homemakers. Hayes blogs weekly at TheRadicalHomemaker.net and holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, where she studied sustainable agriculture and community development.
- How Sap Bush Hollow Farm Meets the Challenge of Cooperating Across Generations
- A Radical Homemaker’s Take on Investing
- Meat Cuts for the Spring-Summer Market Season
- What’s the Difference Between Grain-Fed and Grass-fed?
- A Stupid Idea Turns Good
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- When your plants talk, listen!
- Inexpensive Electric Fencing Solutions – Courtesy of Nicaragua
- 17 Mistakes to Avoid With Electric Fencing
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Emily Lancaster Moose, Director of Communications and Outreach, developed an interest in food, sustainability, and agriculture at an early age during summer visits to her cousin’s hog farm in eastern Virginia. After studying sustainable agriculture in college, Emily gained hands-on experience working at several farms in her native state of North Carolina. Based in Pittsboro, NC, Emily now works with AWA to build consumer awareness of the program and provide farmers with the highest level of service and support, leading AWA’s four-region Outreach Team, guiding communications, and developing new programs and initiatives within the program. She also coordinates AWA’s Labeling Assistance program.
Ben holds a B.S. in Conservation of Soil, Water, and the Environment from the University of Maryland. He became particularly interested in sustainable agriculture issues after working as a coffee farmer in Costa Rica and a dairy farmer in Russia. He and his wife recently returned from Malawi, where they served as agricultural extension agents in the Peace Corps. They are starting a diversified farm of their own in Johnson, Vermont. Ben is excited to be a new part of the Center's team in developing its Beginning Farmer and Land Access Program.
- Land Contracts: Owner Financing With a Twist
- A Primer on the Owner-Financed Farm Sale
- How to Work Successfully With Non-Farming Landowners
- Lease Agreements You and the Landowner Can Relate To
- Developing a Lease Agreement You Can Relate To
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Genevieve provides forage and cover crop research and marketing support for King's AgriSeeds Inc. in Lancaster County, PA. She has also worked on organic vegetable farms and as an intern in agricultural field trials at the Rodale Institute.
- Livestock Combine With Cover Crops to Build Soil Health
- How to Frost Seed to Add Legumes to Your Pastures
- Answers to Reader Alfalfa-Related Questions – Fall Nutrition, Varieties, and Reseeding
- Is It Ready Yet? How to Know When You Can Start Grazing a New Planting
- How to Establish and Manage Red Clover
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- Grazing Pigs – Fencing Tips
- A New Meat School Coming to a Town or Computer Near You!
- Where Can You Find a USDA Poultry Processing Facility?
- A List of USDA Processing Plants for Your Chickens
- Egg Production: What You Need to Do and Charge to Make It Pay
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Sarah Bailly and her husband, Donald Keller, own and operate Bayou Farm on the Cajun Prairie in South Central Louisiana. They raise hair sheep and cattle with management intensive grazing techniques to optimize microbial, plant, and animal performance. Sarah completed the Louisiana Master Cattle Producer program in 2013 and is a member of the Louisiana Forage and Grasslands Council (LFGC), the Pineywoods Cattle Registry and Breeders Association (PCRBA), and the Livestock Conservancy. Between tracking lambs, moving fences, and watching the grass grow, she is attempting to put her M.A. in English to use by writing about and sharing her farming experiences.
Jason Bryan Detzel
Jason is social worker turned farmer and owner of Diamond Hills Farm, a pasture based cow/ calf operation in Hudson, New York. When he is not grazing, watering, or calving he is the Livestock Educator for the Ulster County Cooperative Extension Office. He gets up early, tries to stay up late, and enjoys looking at his collection of unread book. He is currently hard at work trying to slow the rotation of earth in order to increase the length of the days and is the most happy at that time of year when you can smell the soil but not the cold.
- Farm Data: A Little Can go a Long Way to Making Good Decisions
- The Time I Almost Died On My Tractor…Mom Please Skip This One.
- Avoid the Danger of Being Associated with the Feed Bucket
- I Got Burned – My Lesson About Hot Fence
- How Rewards and Punishment Work with Animals
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Aljoe serves as a pasture and range consultant in the Agricultural Division's consultation program. He also serves as the consultation program manager, coordinating the efforts of the division's agricultural consultants across the division's 47-county service area, in both Oklahoma and Texas. Before coming to the Noble Foundation in 1995, Aljoe was the ranch manager of Belvedere Land & Cattle Corp. for 10 years. He supervised the growth of the ranch from a small 450-acre, 150-head purebred ranch into an extensive 3,900-acre, 1,500-head purebred and commercial cow-calf operation. Forage resources were predominantly introduced bermudagrass pastures (overseeded to ryegrass) that were operated in modified short-duration grazing systems. Aljoe grew up on a family farm in the rural west Texas community of Roscoe.
- Precautions for Potential Mob Graziers
- Potential Mob Graziers Should Consider Precautions
- Strategic Grazing Plans – The Steps to Meet Your Goals
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Linda Coffey is a Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, focusing on sheep and goats. She grew up on a diversified livestock farm in central Missouri, where her family raised cattle, hogs, and sheep. Linda has a master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the American Consortium for Small Ruminant Parasite Control (ACSRPC), American Dairy Goat Association, and Gulf Coast Breeders Association. Linda and her family run Maple Gorge Farm near Prairie Grove, Ark., raising sheep, dairy goats, and a few laying hens. A couple of calves, three livestock guardian dogs, and occasionally hogs complete the farm.
- Dealing with Coccidiosis in Sheep, Goats, and Calves
- Livestock Guardians Protect the Flock
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Dan works for the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the Franktown, Colorado Office.
Jonathan Rupert has been in the wholesale seed industry for over 25 years, and works for Smith Seed Services helping with sales, marketing and product development. He is a big fan of learning from the past and being willing to try something new.
- New Forage Available
- Cover Crop Legumes That Are Great Forage
- Conducting Your Own On-Farm Trials – DO Try This At Home
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David works in Sales & Support for Kings Agriseeds serving the mid-Atlantic states. David has over 20 years of experience as a dairy nutritionist, and as active dairy farm owner/manager in Mifflintown, PA. David’s key strength is that he has years of firsthand experience growing and feeding King’s products. David has degrees from Hesston College and Delaware Valley College in Dairy Husbandry. He offers excellent technical advice on crop rotation planning and seed selection. David lives with his wife in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania and you can best reach David on his cell phone, (814) 880-5186 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Funderburg serves as a soils and crops consultant in the Agricultural Division's consultation program. He joined the Noble Foundation in 2000. Funderburg has broad experience in agriculture, including soil testing, irrigation water quality, soil fertility, fertilization of most crops and nutrient management planning. He has conducted numerous on-farm research projects examining fertilizer rates, sources, timing and soil test calibration. Prior to joining the Noble Foundation, Funderburg worked as an assistant county agent with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service from 1977 to 1981. He further served as a state soils and fertilizer specialist with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service from 1984 to 1990. He then served as state soils and fertilizer specialist with the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service from 1990 to 2000. Funderburg was born and grew up in rural northwestern Louisiana.
After working in various aspects of the livestock industries across South Dakota and even Beijing, China, Heidi has promoted responsible animal care and safe food products. With a Masters Degree in animal science with an emphasis in ruminant nutrition, she handles a wide variety of topics concerning animal well-being. You can view her latest tips and advice at iGrow Livestock.
Jim Hardin is Senior Investment Manager at AVAC Ltd., the parent company of Verdex Capital. Jim joined AVAC as an investment manager in 2006. Prior to joining AVAC, Jim spent over 13 years in academics and the biotechnology industry. Jim has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Gastrointestinal Physiology, and brings a broad background in life sciences to the organization. He has published over 100 patents, book chapters, full articles, and abstracts in the area of gastrointestinal physiology and animal models of infectious disease, thus lending an extensive background in life sciences. Jim’s focus areas include biotechnology, medical devices, and agricultural technology.
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University, Greg made his living for several years on cattle ranches and feedlots from Colorado, to Missouri to Texas and Oklahoma. He then moved with his wife, Ann, son, Tanner, and two daughters, Megan and Ashley, to a farm in east central Kansas and began a row crop farming and cattle operation. About 12 years ago he started buying meat goats and began to grow his herd with the occasional help of his son Tanner. In a typical year, Greg will have more than 600 commercial does kidding, along with raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hay and cattle.
Doug McCarty runs a grazing operation on 335 acres of land in Eugene, Oregon which in two years has expanded to include cattle, Caribbean style (hair) sheep, meat chickens and pigs, all raised while keeping the ideas of permaculture and holistic management in mind. He aims to have Spencer Shadow Ranch provide more and more food to his neighbors. Doug graduated from the University of Virginia (English and Romance Languages), Harvard University where he studied Korean History, and Harvard Law School. He served in Korea with the Peace Corps, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is the author of Sustainable Enlightenment. He has a certificate in Permaculture Design.
- It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know (who can save your barn)
- Want Things to Stay As They Are? Things Will Have to Change.
- What Should You Charge For Your Eggs?
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John Marble grew up on a terribly conventional ranch with a large family where each kid had their own tractor. Surviving that, he now owns a small grazing and marketing operation that focuses on producing value through managed grazing. He oversees a diverse ranching operation, renting and owning cattle and grasslands while managing timber, wildlife habitat and human relationships. His multi-species approach includes meat goats, pointing dogs and barn cats. He has a life-long interest in ecology, trying to understand how plants, animals, soils and humans fit together. John spends his late-night hours working on fiction, writing about worlds much less strange than this one.
- What is the Best Cow?
- This Year’s Drought Outlook and What to Do About It
- Our Latest Plague: Meadow Voles
- Grafting Baby Calves Part 2 – How tos
- Grafting Baby Calves Part 1: Should you do it?
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Sandy Smart is an Extension Rangeland Management Specialist and Professor in the Department of Natural Resource Management at SDSU.
SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist, SDSU Animal Science Department
Gregory Hopkins, prior USAF Pararescueman, operates Breen Mesa Farm and was a compost specialist at the Univ. of Hawaii Maui College. He has extensive background in various forms of composting as well as regenerative soil development. His farm also hosts Veterans Homestead Project teaching homesteading skills to combat veterans as a means of self reliance and healing.
Bruce is a professor of agronomy and extension forage specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works with grazing systems and does research on annual forages, utilization of warm-season grasses, forage quality in hay and pasture systems and using legumes to improve pastures.
- Harvesting Free Sunlight Successfully Requires This One Thing
- Is Soybean Stubble Good Cattle Feed?
- How to Graze Trampled Grass
- Does it Pay to Fertilize Pastures? Part 1 of 2
- Frost Can Cause Forage Hazards – Protect Your Livestock
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Cheryl Cesario is a Grazing Outreach Specialist with the University of Vermont Extension in Middlebury. She works with dairy, beef, and other livestock farmers to get the most out their pastures - balancing the needs of the animals, plants and people. She and her husband Marc graze beef cows and dairy heifers at their farm Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, VT.
- Making the Switch to Grazing – With a Little Help From Your Friends
- Dairies Share Successes With Extending the Grazing Season
- Dairy Cows Head to Pasture for the First Time on Providence Farm
- Setting Up Fences and Water for Dairy Grazing – With a Little Help From Some Grants
- Transitioning from Confinement to Pastured Dairy – One Farm’s Process
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Sean is a South Dakota State University Extension Range Management. A Winner, SD native, Kelly grew up working for Tripp County farmers/ranchers. After receiving an ag business associates degree from Western Dakota Technical Institute, Sturgis, Kelly worked fulltime for an area farmer and began building his own cow/calf herd. He returned to school in 2002 to pursue a Range Science degree from South Dakota State University. After graduating, he went on to earn a masters in Ranch Management from Texas A&M Kingsville, King Ranch Institute for Range Management. Before joining SDSU Extension, Kelly worked for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Montana and Nebraska as a Soil & Range Conservationist.
Ryan Sexson and his wife Jamie were born and raised in the Sandhills and have a passion for ranching. Both of them have been told numerous times that there is no future in ranching, however, they have found that statement anything but true. They lease a small ranch south of Nenzel, Nebraska. They own a portion of the cow herd and take in cows on shares. They also custom calve some heifers and cows. Ryan and Jamie concentrate heavily on a “holistic” approach to everything in their lives, not just ranching. The holistic approach helps with problem solving. Whether it is grazing, budgeting or family time, Ryan and Jamie attempt to make it all work together.They are using what they have learned from Holistic Management courses, Bud Williams' stockmanship schools, and Ranching for Profit classes to build a successful ranching operation. Legacy is important to both of them, and they have concentrated on building relationships and gaining knowledge in order to develop a sustainable business to pass to their children if they desire to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Ryan hopes to have some knowledge and ideas that can help others, particularly those that have a desire to start their own operation.
- Building a Ranch From the Ground Up (Part 1)
- The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, Part 2
- The Beginning of a Legacy: Building a Ranch From the Ground Up, (Part 1)
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Tina Barrett, is executive director of Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. and a program manager in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is originally from Hordville, Nebraska where she grew up on a family farm raising mostly irrigated corn and soybeans. New as a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Agriculture Economics and an emphasis in Farm and Ranch Management.
Dr. Mousel is part of the Beef Team at University of Minnesota Extension with expertise in cow/calf reproduction.
Edmund Brown and his family live in upstate New York where they raise beef cattle, pastured pigs, and a few sheep. He enjoys learning about techniques to improve his grazing management skills.
- How I Raise Great Beef on Pasture
- Bamboo as a Season Extending Forage Is Showing Promise
- Extending the Grazing Season With Bamboo
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Caroline Abels is a journalist, essayist, and editor focusing on issues related to local agriculture and the humane treatment of farm animals. She lives in central Vermont, where she also practices Zen Buddhism. From 1997 to 2003, Caroline worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where she was the paper’s first cultural arts reporter. Following that, she earned a master's degree in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing from Antioch University New England. Since 2007, she has been the founding editor of the quarterly magazine Vermont’s Local Banquet, which covers local food and farming issues. In 2011, she launched Humaneitarian, a website that inspires people to find and eat humanely raised meat. She is also a freelance editor, available to assist individuals and organizations with editing or writing projects, large or small. Her goal as a writer and editor is to produce work that is viscerally felt, meticulously investigated, and consistently honest. Caroline has worked on an organic dairy farm and two small-scale livestock farms in Vermont. In 2009, she joined with six other Vermont residents to establish the Vermont State House Food Garden, the first public vegetable garden planted on the lawn of an American state capitol in modern times.
Tammy Dunakin is the owner and Chief Goat Wrangler at Rent-A-Ruminant, located on Vashon Island in the Seattle area. Tammy, her herding dogs, and the goats form a team who all pitch in to clear land and get it ready for whatever project you have next. Tammy started this business in 2004 with only ten goats and now the herd has grown to over one hundred and twenty happy goats. She brings goats to locations to eat a wide range of vegetation, such as blackberries, ivy, and other invasive species. She now offers franchise opportunities to help others get going in the goat grazing business.
Graham grew up in East Montpelier and currently lives in Plainfield, VT. He has grazed and raised grass fed and finished beef cattle in different parts of central Vermont for almost 10 years. This will be the third season that Graham has been operating Robinson Hill Beef in Calais, VT. Graham works with Aaron Guman providing home-to-farm scale agroecology design / build services as Walking Onion LLC. Graham works as a mentor with youth ages 6-18 at EarthWalk Vermont, the ROOTS School, and by private arrangement. He is an herbalist and educator of adults in the community as well. Graham has served on the board of Rural Vermont - a small farm and economic justice advocacy organization - since 2014, and since 2015 as its Chair. Graham graduated from UVM with a degree in Religious Studies and Plant and Soil Science; has a Permaculture Design Certificate from Yestermorrow Design / Build School; and attended the 3 year clinical herbal training program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism.
Curt Gesch is a retired schoolteacher. He publishes a free e-newsletter (www.justfarmers.wordpress.com) from his home in central British Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Gesch own a 153-acre farm, most of which is in forages. The rest is made up of glacial eskers and “moose pasture”. Curt experiments with pasturing techniques, seed mixtures, etc., on a small part of the acreage near the house where he pastures a few Dexter cows. He is presently working on a project to help small-scale sheep producers renew their pastures with legumes. Curt has no formal agricultural education but knows how to ask questions of those with education and experience.
Tom Gervais has been a Grazing Specialist with the USDA-NRCS since 2008. Tom is also a Certified Forage and Grassland Professional. He enjoys working one on one with farmers and ranchers to improve the productivity of their grazing lands. Tom lives, works and farms in Northeastern MN.
Julie Finigan Morris
Julie Finigan Morris is the Co-Founder and Owner of T.O. Cattle Company and Morris Grassfed Beef. She lives in San Juan Bautista, California. Visit her online at www.juliefmorris.com
Cheryl is the Office & Communications Manager at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She earned her BA in Cultural Studies at Burlington College in 1995, and is beginning UVM's MS in Leadership for Sustainability fall of 2017. Her background includes growing up in a restaurant family, then non-profit fund raising and communications, freelance writing, marketing and social media, and a long love affair with Vermont food. She lives, cooks and writes in Burlington, Vermont with her two sons.
Dr. Ringwall is the director of North Dakota State University's Dickinson Research Extension Center. The Center was established to research crop production and improvements to native and introduced forage crops for ranchers on the Missouri Plateau region. The Center's runs a herd of May calving cattle.
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- Can I wean 90-day-old calves that weigh 300 pounds?
- The “Lazy L” Gets You Ready for Herd and Stocking Rate Changes
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Haley Walker brings nearly a decade of communications experience to The Freshwater Trust. Borrowing from her background as an environmental reporter and editor, she’s served in storytelling roles for nonprofits such as Environment America, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. She holds a master’s degree in environmental journalism from Michigan State University’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish. As Communications Director, her sights are set on creatively and clearly broadcasting the work of The Freshwater Trust with the world. Outside the office, Haley is a yoga teacher, a wannabe runner and a long-distance hiker.
Daimon Meeh- Daimon grew up on a farm in Canterbury, NH and studied agriculture at the University of New Hampshire. He then attended Michigan State University for graduate school in Sustainable Agriculture and studied multi-species pasture rotation systems. After completing his MS Daimon moved back to NH and began working for UNH Cooperative Extension on the Dairy, Livestock and Forage Crops team. He worked for UNHCE for just over 3 years before recently making the move over to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in August 2016. As part of his current duties Daimon has the responsibilities of the State Grazing Specialist and is working to support NRCS staff and farmers statewide to further their understanding of their animal and forage management. Daimon has also been an active member of the Granite State Graziers Board since 2013.
David Kitner has been involved in ranch management for 45 years. Since his arrival at Killam Duval County Ranch in 2001, he has made many changes. What once was an over-stocked, over-grazed, over-hunted ranch has been transformed by his management. His strong work ethic and honest, principled business practices have earned him recognition around the state as an excellent ranch manager and individual. He has an extensive background in cattle, wildlife, and range management. The ranch was awarded the Lone Star Land Steward Award in 2010, and David was named the Outstanding Conservation Rancher in 2012 for San Patricio County. David is Chairman of the South Texas Grazing Land Coalition and also sits on the state advisory board for Texas Grazing Land Coalition. Some of the many improvements David has made have been the implementation of rotational grazing, pasture rest, and water improvements. Well over 100 miles of water pipeline have been installed, with over 100 water troughs being added also. This has had a dramatic effect on both cattle and wildlife. The ranch is grazed mainly as a stocker operation.
Julie MacSwain has served as the State Public Affairs Specialist for NRCS in Minnesota since 2003. Effective May 28, 2017. Julie will be working for Oregon NRCS as the Assistant State Conservationist- Partnership Coordinator. Julie has been with NRCS for 32 years. She has worked in Wisconsin and Minnesota and held positions including Soil Conservationist, District Conservationists and Public Affairs Specialist. Julie was born and raised on a beef cow calf operation in Blanchardville, Wisconsin where she learned about crop and beef production, soil and water conservation, and the importance of caring for the land. Julie has a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. She enjoys many sports, but especially the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. Julie values outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.
Holistic Management International
Since 1984, Holistic Management International (HMI) has helped communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment. HMI's mission is to educate people in regenerative agriculture for healthy land and thriving communities, which supports their vision - a world where lands and communities flourish through the practice of Holistic Management®, an internationally recognized regenerative agricultural practice. HMI offers various training platforms for ranchers, farmers, land stewards and consumers. Other benefits include being part of HMI's worldwide network of conservation award-winning agriculturalists and Holistic Management Certified Educators, HMI's #LaVidaLocal blog, free learning downloads, IN PRACTICE bi-monthly journal and free bi-monthly e-newsletter, Covering Ground. LEARN MORE with HMI at www.holisticmanagement.org.
- Growing Farmers With Internships and Apprenticeships – Part 2
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Currently a Regional Support Manager at Southeast AgriSeeds, Paige was born and raised on a row crop farm in eastern North Carolina. She found her passion in animal agriculture while attending NC State University. After working for several years at the University dairy farm, she had to opportunity to work as an extension associate focused around pasture and grazing management for beef cattle. While in this position, Paige’s primary job was to host workshops centered around “Ray’s Crazy Mix”. She continued to work with this mixture while earning her Masters of Science in Animal Science from NC State. She joined the Southeast Agriseeds team in August of 2016 after defending her thesis on clover establishment methods into perennial pasture. Paige can be reached at (910) 309-0931 or PaigeSmart@SoutheastAgriSeeds.com.
John has worked as a journalist, book editor, author and public affairs specialist for more than 30 years. He is the author of six natural history books for children and young adults, and has authored or contributed to four natural history guides for the National Audubon Society. He has served as Communications Officer for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation since 2007.
Alexandra Murphy is a freelance writer and communications specialist, with a focus on the natural world and our relationship with it. She has written books, magazine articles, video scripts, radio stories, and hundreds of interpretive panels for indoor and outdoor exhibitry for projects across the country (visit her website, www.alexandramurphy.com, for many examples of her work). She has also developed primary and secondary school curriculum materials for outdoor education for state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations. She has served as communications specialist for the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Initiative since 2014.
Dave Pratt is one of the most sought after speakers and respected authorities on sustainable ranching in North America. He’s earned a reputation for innovative teaching with a practical edge and has helped hundreds of farmers and ranchers develop and implement strategies to improve their land, strengthen their relationships and increase profit. His programs, which include the Ranching For Profit School and Executive Link, have benefited thousands of families and millions of acres. Dave’s new book, Healthy Land Happy Families and Profitable Businesses has received high acclaim from industry leaders. Joel Salatin said, “This book delivers more meaningful advice in one small space than I’ve ever seen.” Wayne Fahsholtz, former President and CEO of Padlock Ranch advised, “If you are serious about wanting your ranch to be successful / sustainable, than this is an important read.” Stan Parsons called it, “…the best book ever written about ranching anywhere.”
- Success Means Working ON the Business, Not IN the Business
- Timing for Pasture Recovery Part 1 – Rest is NOT a Four-Letter Word
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- Rest is Not a 4-Letter Word – Timing for Pasture Recovery – Part 1
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Goodwin is a pasture and range consultant in the producer relations program. Before coming to the Noble Research Institute in 2016, Goodwin was the state rangeland management specialist for U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Temple, Texas. Prior to that, Goodwin worked as the NRCS state grazing land specialist and provided leadership and coordination to the Texas Grazing Land Coalition. During Goodwin's 14-year career with NRCS, he worked in multiple locations in Texas as a rangeland management specialist helping producers and landowners meet their management objectives. Previously, Goodwin worked as a research associate in the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Service Range Animal Nutrition Program in Vernon, Texas. Goodwin was raised in Northeast Texas but has spent the majority of his life in Central Texas.
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Denice Rackley's life seems to have always been connected to animals. Degreed in biology and veterinary technology she has owned her own dog grooming business, worked as a obedience trainer and veterinary technician. Denice added freelance writer to her list of occupations a couple years ago. She is a regular contributor to ACRES USA and SHEEP! and has written for other publications, web sites and blogs. She has run a commercial sheep operation since the mid-1990's. Her flock has included many breeds but is predominately a grass based program with North Country Cheviot ewes managed with the help of her Border Collies. She purchased her first dog as a pup in 2000 to assist with her growing flock. Her passion has become educating livestock producers to the vast benefits of stockdogs, teaching them how to use and incorporate dogs into their operations. Denice raises and trains working Border Collies and organizes clinics, gives lessons and demonstrations. She feels there is no better partner for livestock management than a natural, thoughtful working dog. More info at www.clearfieldstockdogs.com
Paul Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture. Prior to coming to AREC, Paul worked at the University of Arkansas where his legal research was focused in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, agricultural leasing laws, contracting issues, federal farm program compliance, recreational use and agritourism issues, and estate planning issues in agriculture. Through this research Paul developed educational materials to better help Arkansas’s agricultural producers understand and manage legal risks in their operations. Since joining AREC, Paul has worked with county extension educators to begin to fill the void in the areas of agricultural leasing and legal issues in estate planning. Paul is also looking at modifying his existing research in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, and federal farm program compliance to benefit Maryland’s farmers. Paul is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, the University of Oklahoma with a Juris Doctorate, and the University of Arkansas with an LL.M. in Agricultural Law and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Paul is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Agricultural Law Association, the Southern Agricultural Economics Association, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
I specialize in forage production and utilization. This involves both annual and perennial forage crops and their interaction with consuming animals. In this role, I collaborate with agencies and organizations throughout Pennsylvania and the Northeast that have forage related interests. My research is primarily oriented towards conserved forages. An additional area of research is the production of perennial grasses for biomass production on reclaimed strip mine sites. My other interests include competing in Triathlons and Ultra Marathons.
Aaron Berger is a Beef Systems Extension Educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works out of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. His areas of focus are beef systems for sustainability, profitability, health and well-being, quality and wholesomeness.
- Options for Managing Stocking Rates to Fit Available Forage
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Dennis Hancock has been a faculty member in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department and the State Forage Extension Specialist at the University of Georgia since 2006. Dr. Hancock is responsible for the statewide extension and applied research in forage agronomy and associated forage-based livestock systems (beef, dairy, horse, small ruminants). Forage crops are important to the state of Georgia. Forage crops are grown on approximately 4 million acres in Georgia, and the associated forage-based livestock systems have a farm gate value of over $1.2 billion. In addition to his role as the state Forage Extension Specialist, Dr. Hancock also leads the Sustainable Grazing Systems program at UGA where he and his colleagues conduct comprehensive research that assesses best management practices for pasture and grassland crop systems. His goal is to ensure that the forage management systems of Georgia and the Southeast sustain economically viable forage productivity, animal nutrition, and livestock productivity while enhancing stewardship of our natural resources and ensuring a high quality of life for the producers who employ these techniques. Dr. Hancock has many years of experience in research and extension, including as a County Extension Agent and statewide research and Extension Associate, before becoming the Forage Extension Specialist at UGA. He has earned many awards for his Extension service, including both the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents’ Junior (2009) and Senior (2016) Outstanding Extension Specialist Awards, the UGA CAES’s D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension, and the American Forage and Grassland Council’s Merit Award.
Josh Tungate is a Crop Insurance Specialist with Farm Credit Mid-America. He covers 5 offices for Farm Credit in Shelbyville, Lexington, Mt. Sterling, Maysville, and Dry Ridge. Before getting into the crop insurance industry, he helped manage elevators and trade grain along the Ohio River. Josh’s passion is helping people understand how to use their insurance products to manage risk.
Long Wind Farm began in 1984 with Dave Chapman and a team of oxen. For more than three decades, we have provided New England with truly delicious and organic tomatoes. Grown in Vermont soil in glass greenhouses, our tomatoes are available as early as March and as late as December each year.
Elaine Froese (pronounced "phrase") grew up on a farm, lives on a farm near Boissevain in Southwestern Manitoba, and understands agriculture from the ground up. She was dubbed "Canada's Farm Whisperer" for her work sitting at kitchen tables and coaching farm families for the last 35 years. As a professional speaker, writer and coach, she specializes in helping farm families work through issues surrounding succession, business or that family favorite - communication. You can learn more about her at her website: http://elainefroese.com/
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Aaron is an entrepreneur, goat farmer and community planner from Iowa. In 2012, he and his family and the Steenhoek family founded Goats on the Go, a targeted grazing service that utilizes goats and sheep to manage invasive and nuisance vegetation in a sustainable way. Goats On The Go serves governments, conservation groups, businesses, farms, and homeowners in Iowa and neighboring states. They also offer opportunities for Goats on the Go affiliates.
Miles serves as a research associate in the Center for Advanced Agricultural Systems and Technology. He joined the Noble Research Institute in 2012, after graduate school, as a member of the research support and operations staff. Currently, he is heavily engaged in the implementation and execution of the Noble Research Institute's research efforts that involve beef cattle. His areas of specialization include: data management and analysis, animal stockmanship, and identification and implementation of innovative technologies relevant to beef production and animal husbandry. He also serves as program coordinator for the Junior Beef Excellence Program. Miles grew up on a family farm and ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, where he continues to be actively engaged in the management of their cow-calf herd and farming operations with his wife and family.
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Will Kearney is a rancher living in Columbus, Tx with his wife Laura Dorsey. His primary focus is thinking about how to combine economics and ecology on the family ranch without screwing any one of those things up. He has worked on ranches in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas in a variety of climates and with a diversity of different landowners. He has learned a lot from watching and paying attention to his dogs, his horses, and his cattle. Even more from books. And almost nothing from people who have all the answers.
- Managing Across Boundaries For Mutual Success
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- Looking Drought in the Eye – Working Together to Get Through the Next One
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Larry began fence construction as a means to pay for college in 1972. He attended Dawson Community College and then transferred to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. By 1974, the fence construction business had become a "real" full time business and Feight Fencing was formed and operated until 1992. In 1982 Feight Fencing got involved with New Zealand electric fence and in 1987 High Country Power Fence was formed as a distribution company for the electric fence business with Snell Systems out of San Antonio TX. promoting Gallagher Power Fence and Tru-Test Livestock Scales. In 2001, Larry and business partner Morgan Renner incorporated the partnership of High Country Power Fence into High Country Ag Marketing (HCAM). Larry directs the daily operations of the HCAM office from Whitehall, Montana. Larry's family includes his wife, Julie, children, Max and Krystin, son-in-law, Jason and grandchildren, Hope, Reilly and Corbin. At home, football and basketball are a major interest because Julie coaches basketball and Max plays both all fall and winter.
Matt and his wife Amie along with their three children own Blue Mountain View Farm which is located near Annville, Pennsylvania. The farm consists of 150 'tillable' acres of which 100 is pastured for their 90 dairy cows. The cows graze 240 days a year getting 25%-50% of their intake from pasture during that time. Matt also chairs the Pennsylvania Grazing Lands Coalition and leads the Lebanon County Grazing Network.
Wells serves as a livestock consultant in the producer relations program. He joined the consultation program in 2005. His areas of emphasis include: forage-based beef cattle production and cow/calf nutrition, herd health programs, improving herd genetics, and value-added calf programs. He is also the executive director for the Integrity Beef Alliance, a marketing alliance of producers in North Texas and Oklahoma that produces high quality value-added calves for the feeder market and replacement quality females. The cattle in this program typically sell for premiums that average greater than 10 percent more than the current market. Prior to working for the Noble Research Institute, Wells was the assistant general manager and operations manager for two years of the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo, Inc., a major livestock show in South Texas. Before that, he was the beef cattle research coordinator and rodeo team coach for more than seven years at the University of Illinois. His responsibilities included coordinating three research stations with a combined 1,000-head of cows and feedlot capacity of 1,500 head. He was involved in the cattle management and the research projects on the cow herd and all feeder cattle from conception to birth and negotiated grid contracts at the packer level. Wells was born and grew up in South Texas, where he was heavily involved with raising and showing beef cattle from an early age. He enjoys spending time with family, typically at horse shows or working side-by-side with family on projects at any one of the family properties.
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I live and work on a 52-acre farm in Western Connecticut. My main operation has always been pastured broilers, however, through the years I have expanded to pigs, sheep, hops, apples, herbs, and vegetables. My farm, Camps Road Farm, is one part of a three-part business that includes Kent Falls Brewing Co., a farm brewery on property, and Neversink Spirits, a craft distillery off property. Since getting into farming I have raised as few as 40 broiler chickens and as many as 2,400 broilers in one season. No matter what else I end up growing on my farm, chickens always seem to maintain a special place in my heart. They’re enjoyable to raise, my community loves them, and they are a vital part of the success of my farm. I grew up in Connecticut and went to college at the University of Connecticut as a technical theater and design major. After school, I moved to New York City where I worked for four years in scenic and lighting design, primarily in television for the Howard Stern Show. After getting tired of City life, my wife, Kate, and I decided to ride our bicycles 5,500 miles across the United States visiting farms and craft breweries along the way. After a year of purposeful homelessness, we landed back in CT to apprentice on a farm for a season and eventually start our own broiler operation. Along the way, I started Farm Marketing Solutions, my multimedia publishing company, with the goal of educating and inspiring the next generation of farmers. Drawing from my media background, I wanted to share my story with others in the hopes that more people will decide to homestead or choose farming as a career.
Kristin enjoys assisting with a multifaceted group of assignments in Extension, with the aim of helping farmer’s create and maintain more sustainable systems on their farm, particularly focused on soil conservation and nutrient management. Kristin holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.S. in Plant and Soil Science, both from the University of Vermont. Her graduate research focused on biological indicators of soil health and nematode ecology. That work exposed her to the critical value of the living fraction of the soil. Her work in nutrient management began as an intern with Ben & Jerry’s as an undergraduate. However, the roots of her passion for soil science began while playing and working on the farm she grew up on in Vermont. In general she enjoys work that makes research applicable to real world solutions, and she takes a multidisciplinary approach that has led her to work in transportation, sociology and applied economics. In her free time she loves to hike and enjoys gardening, shopping at farmer’s markets, and cooking. Kristin is a Certified Crop Adviser.
Dr. Ben Guillon oversees WRA’s work on the financial and strategic aspects of rural land management and ecosystem conservation. In this position, Ben helps a wide range of clients — including investment funds, infrastructure developers, public agencies, private land owners, NGOs and philanthropic donors – to develop innovative financing strategies to acquire, conserve, and manage large tracts of land in the US and abroad. In addition, Ben leads WRA’s asset management group, which allows investors and land owners to unlock the value of their land assets through ecosystem markets, such as mitigation banks or carbon offset projects. Ben has 12 years of experience developing and managing projects for some of the most renowned green investors. In his former capacity as Manager of Acquisitions at New Forests, Inc. Ben led the origination, underwriting, acquisition and asset management for the Eco Product Fund, a $50 million private equity investment fund focused on mitigation banking and carbon offsets. In this position, Ben developed New Forests’ investment strategy in the mitigation banking space and assembled a pipeline of projects worth well over $100 million. Prior to working with New Forests, Ben worked at the World Bank and at the International Finance Corporation on projects aimed at creating economic incentives to improve biodiversity conservation in Africa and in Asia. Recognized as an expert in emerging ecosystem markets, Ben regularly presents at conferences in the U.S. and in Europe.
Gary Kleppel and his wife Pam co-own and operate Longfield Farm, a small sustainably managed operation 15 miles west of Albany. They use holistic techniques, such as management intensive grazing and sheep-poultry inter-grazing, to produce a diversity of products, including grass-fed/finished lamb, fiber, and free-range poultry and eggs. The focus is on soil health and regeneration. The Kleppels also use their farm as an education resource to help the public better understand small scale agriculture and its value to communities. Gary spent the past 38 years as a college professor where, for the past decade, he has been conducting research in agricultural ecology and sustainable food production.
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Charlotte Smith farms in Oregon and is the founder of 3CowMarketing.com, an online marketing training company helping farmers across the nation learn relationship-based online marketing techniques to grow a successful, profitable farm business. Additionally, she hosts “The Profitable Farm with Charlotte Smith” private Facebook group, a community of farmers focused on connecting with others to learn, share and gain support. Due to her dedication to improving the soil, animals and the people who eat their products, In 2016 Charlotte was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women in the World in Food and Agriculture by the non-profit, Food Tank. Charlotte is also the proud mother of a United States Marine, lives in St. Paul, Oregon on the farm with her husband, Marc, (a teacher) and her 2 daughters. You can visit Charlotte at 3CowMarketing.com or inside “The Profitable Farm with Charlotte Smith” Facebook Group.
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Jason strives for authentic connectedness to faith, family, community, and soil on a small piece of land in Ohio. His farm is home to the pasture based art of raising hair sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, honeybees, and a Flint and Walling Star 24 windmill (circa 1924) that he vows to one day fully restore. In addition, he enjoys running a sustainably harvested hardwood business, crafting furniture and finished products from the standing tree.
James Matthew Craighead
My name is James Matthew Craighead. In 2011 my wife, Amanda, and I established LearnGrowInspire Farms, or LGI for short. We have a forage based cow calf operation as well as a small greenhouse. We also run a few sheep, and do some custom top hogs. We also assist our parents on the day to day operations of their farms as well. I work for our local soil conservation district, and my wife teaches agriculture and chemistry at our local high school. In 2017 we welcomed a baby girl, Ember Kate, into our our life.
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I am part of Bell Rule Genetics, a family Ranching Operation in Northeast Oklahoma with 400 commercial cows and 100 registered Angus cows. We have been raising cattle for over 100 years. Our focus is on producing cattle that are efficient, productive and fit the needs of today's Beef Industry. At Bell Rule, we have built our Registered Angus Herd with the commercial cattlemen in mind. They are based on moderate framed, easy fleshing, maternal cattle with carcass capabilities. Currently we raise Registered Angus bulls, commercial bred heifers and cows, feeder cattle and fed cattle for local butcher shops and premium age and sourced programs. In addition, we have a select herd of Foundation bred Quarter Horses.
Tom, along with his wife Jan, started raising & direct marketing hogs, sheep, cattle, turkeys, & chickens in 1999, the same year they completed a Holistic Management course. Their operation slowly morphed into custom grazing cattle on rented land and Tom’s passion for managing grass grew in the process. Tom & Jan completed the Ranching for Profit school in 2003 and found the ‘missing piece’. Since then, Jan has fulfilled her dream of being a nurse & Tom is currently the Production Manager of a ranch in north east British Columbia.
- Fencing so a 12-Year-Old Can Run the Ranch
- Build Your “Room” for Success
- How to Stockpile Grass Like a 12-Year-Old
- The Wave – the Secret to Keeping Calves and Lambs with Their Moms When Moving Them
- Rejuvenating Your Pasture – The Best, Most Effective Method is Free
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Johnny is an Extension Associate in Animal Science at North Carolina State University. He coordinates their Amazing Grazing Program, a pasture-based livestock educational initiative that helps graziers improve profitability, animal health and well-being and environmental sustainability. Johnny and his wife Sharon also own and operate Rogers Cattle company, raising red angus bulls and bred heifers, and finishing beef and lamb for wholesale and farmers markets. A portion of their farm is dedicated to solar energy production.
Dr. Matt Poore has devoted his career to pasture-based agriculture in the Southern USA. His training in forage utilization in mixed diets by beef and dairy cattle at the University of Arizona stimulated his interest in the complex interactions of the ruminant animal and the forages they depend on. During his career at NCSU Dr. Poore has done research on a wide variety of forage topics including; improving understand of forages as receiving crops for confinement animal waste nutrients, the impact of grazing cattle on stream water quality, the utilization of tall fescue in stockpiling systems, local niche meat systems, and how alternative supplements, forages and forage management techniques fit in beef production systems. The impactful extension program he directs "Amazing Grazing" teaches ecological principles relevant to the effective management of pasture-based production systems to diverse audiences including producers, extension agents, veterinarians, and conservationists. Currently Dr. Poore continues with his own programming while providing leadership to the NC Cooperative Extension Animal Agriculture Program Team. While much of his energy has been invested in these professional programs, he also is engaged in production and continues to manage his family's farm at Virgilina, VA, where they raise 110 brood cows and finish most of the steer calves on pasture for the local beef market.
Wally Olson has been in ranching and the livestock business his whole life, doing everything from hauling hay and cleaning stalls to being the ranch manager and owner/operator. Since the mid-’80s, he’s been on the Kelley Ranch in Vinita, Oklahoma. He began as a manager, but started leasing the ranch 8 years ago to run his own cattle business. That word “business” is important to Wally, so much so that, instead of simply retiring, he is spending time transferring what he’s learned about being a profitable producer to help the next generation. Wally teaches Livestock Marketing as taught to him by Bud Williams, saying “I was able to put Bud’s Marketing to work and learn how to implement it. Now I want to help others learn what Bud and Eunice were so kind to help me learn.”
- Alfalfa: A Winner for Producers and the Environment
- Alternative to Antibiotic Created to Combat a Major Poultry Disease
- Test Your Knowledge of Management Practices That Affect Dewormer Resistance
- New Vaccine Cocktail Protects Cattle from Johne’s Disease
- Study Shows Grasslands Are More Reliable Carbon Sinks Than Forests
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I was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, however my dad and his brothers still owned the family farm where they were raised about 30 minutes from our house. I spent most of my weekends and summers growing up helping various family members and friends on their farms. I became interested in buying some cattle of my own when I was about 13, so dad and I rebuilt the fences and cleared off the overgrown brush on our farm. When I was a freshman in high school, I bought my first 10 cows with money I had saved over the years. We kept about 60 brood cows between the two of us, made hay all summer, fed hay all winter, and lost money all year like most folks around us did. I graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Agricultural Business Management in 2017, a couple of years after losing my father to cancer. Since then I have restructured my operation into one that focuses on buying livestock that will increase in value with good forage and a little management, and have found much more satisfaction through this method than I did with our old ways.
- Facilities for a Stocker Operation
- Understanding Value of Gain Can Keep You in the Black
- Making the Business of Backgrounding Work For You
- Planning for a Stocker Operation – Homework To Do If You’re Considering This Option
- Why I Made the Switch to Stockers – Profit and Flexibility
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Pete leads the team at Zeen101.com that supports On Pasture with our subscriptions software.
Chad and Emily, with their daughters Anna and Clara, are relatively new cattle grazers in Chillicothe, Missouri. In the past three years they have been in the process of transitioning their farm from a traditional grazing operation to one which focuses on holistic and regenerative practices. Chad and Emily both have 17 plus years of experience in Environmental Consulting and Remediation but three years ago Chad left that industry and is now in the seed business. His focus there primarily is on soil health, livestock forage and cover crops as he learns more about corn and soybeans.
- Adapting to Drought – Lessons That Lead to Success
- A Start-Up Grazier Shares Lessons Learned
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Mark Reynolds is a Grazing Specialist/Soil Conservationist of the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) out of Marietta, Ohio. Prior to that he worked as a Rangeland Management Specialist for the BLM in Nevada and the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State. He and his wife, Leann, live in Parkersburg, West Virginia with their three children. He has written over 250 grazing management plans for livestock producers to assist them with pasture management grazing rotations and grazing issues. He is a graduate From Purdue University with a BS in Animal Science and Wildlife Science and holds a MS in Rangeland Resources from Oregon State University.
- Water, Minerals and Shade – Where Should You Put Them in Pasture?
- How to Choose a Grass Variety That Works for You
- Never-Fail Rules for Grazing
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I am an upstate NY native who graduated from Cornell CALS in 1998, having studied biology, ecology, and natural resources. I spent 7 years in in Portland, OR and on Orcas Island, WA, first as an AmeriCorps volunteer working for an agricultural land trust, then as director of an urban educational farm in Portland, and finally on a permaculture farm studying ecological design and low-input agricultural systems. In 2003, I left the Pacific Northwest and spent the next 2 years traveling and apprenticing with various farms and organizations in New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Australia, to learn Holistic Management, natural building, and to further develop my farming skills. In 2005, my husband Craig and I returned to Ithaca and I began working for the Small Farms Program. We also began looking for land to begin our own farm, and in 2009 together with Craig’s family we purchased 25 acres in Brooktondale, NY, adjacent to a 200-acre parcel that we could gradually lease. In 2010 we founded Shelterbelt Farm, a diversified farm producing grass-fed beef and lamb, tree fruits and berries, raw honey, pastured eggs, and value-added products. In 2018 we added a self-serve farm store for local customers, and also a glamping tent which allowed us to welcome overnight guests to the farm. Our farm motto is, “food for your soul, with love from our soil.” We have two children, Rowan and Phoenix, who we really like to hang out with. We all love camping, canoeing, cooking, gardening, reading, and making art and music together.
- Diverse Income from Your Scenic Pastures: Consider Glamping
- Solar Grazing: A New Income Stream for Livestock Producers
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Luke, a graduate of Western Kentucky University, runs a cow-calf operation in Kiowa County, Oklahoma and keeps a fulltime job at a paper mill. In a previous life he enjoyed vacations in Iraq and Afghanistan courtesy of your United States Army. His wife Kimberly, a nurse, sometimes performs as his veterinarian and with daughter Amy periodically helps Luke out of jams. They contend that he is not nearly as smart or as funny as he thinks.
- What Do You Do With Your Bull When He’s Not Working?
- I Couldn’t See the Forest…or the Water, For the Trees
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Austin started Crow & Berry Land Management (CrowAndBerry.com) in 2017 with the goal of helping landowners do conservation that was also profitable. He started with streamside buffers in southeastern Pennsylvania, and when a client asked how to plant trees in his pastures, Austin started down a rabbit hole that just keeps getting longer and longer. TreesForGraziers.com and his current work in silvopasture is the outworking of that journey. When not planting trees he's probably reading about trees, though he's learned to avoid good tree books right before bed, or he'll lay awake half the night thinking. If not reading about trees, a good afternoon is swimming in the pond and eating wild berries with his growing family.
- Year-Round Grazing Paradise (or at least moving towards that)
- How much feed can Honey Locust add to your stockpile?
- If it’s so great, why don’t we see silvopasture everywhere?
- Using Trees as Forage
- On Spaghetti, Silvopasture and New Opportunities
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- Adding Sheep to a Cattle Operation – Part 2
- Trials and Tribulations of a First-Time Shepherd/Full Time Cattleman – Part 1
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- Managing Vegetation in Solar Arrays With Sheep
- Solar Sheep, LLC Shares Lessons Learned About Solar Grazing
- There Are Many Ways to Solar Graze
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- Build a Self-Starter Apprentice/Employee With Feedback and Mentoring
- Working With an Apprentice – Setting Expectations & Balancing Work and Education
- Evaluating Apprenticeship Applications & Conducting Effective Interviews
- Writing an Accurate Apprenticeship Description & Promoting Your Opportunity
- Considering Hiring an Apprentice or Intern? Questions to Ask Yourself First
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Dr. Frank Mitloehner is a professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. Frank is committed to making a difference for generations to come. He is passionate about understanding and mitigating air emissions from livestock operations, as well as studying the implications of these emissions on the health of farm workers and neighboring communities. In addition, he is focusing on the food production challenge that will become a global issue as the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion by 2050. Frank is also director of the CLEAR Center, which has two cores – research and communications. The CLEAR Center brings clarity to the intersection of animal agriculture and the environment, helping our global community understand the environmental and human health impacts of livestock, so we can make informed decisions about the foods we eat and while reducing environmental impacts. Frank received a Master of Science degree in animal science and agricultural engineering from the University of Leipzig, Germany, and a doctoral degree in animal science from Texas Tech University. Frank was recruited by UC Davis in 2002, to fill its first-ever position focusing on the relationship between livestock and air quality.
Dallas Mount has sat at hundreds of kitchen tables and delivered workshops to thousands of ranchers across the US, Canada, and Australia to help them improve the profitability and overall health of their businesses. He has hands-on experience working in cow-calf, yearling, feedlot and hay enterprises. He received his BS and MS from Colorado State University in Animal Science. Dallas cut his teeth working with the University of Wyoming Extension service beginning in 2001. Dallas started teaching the Ranching For Profit School in 2012 and quickly established himself as an elite instructor. Dallas, his wife Dixie, and their two teenage kids own and manage a cell-grazing operation near Wheatland, WY. In 2019 he purchased Ranch Management Consultants from Dave and Kathy Pratt. Dallas currently serves as CEO of RMC leading the Ranching For Profit School and the Executive Link Program creating profitable businesses, with healthy land and happy families.
- Should You Diversify? Or Is There Beauty in Simplicity?
- This Year’s Drought – How Much Will it Cost You?
- Grazing Business Instructions for the New Year
- Is “Tradition” Harming Your Operation?
- How to Start a Ranch From Scratch
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Morgan Hartman is a grazier and Founder/Managing Partner of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY. He regularly can be found near a smoky fire with greasy fingers and a well-fed expression on his face. Less frequently he can be found actually working.
- Inbreeding and Line-breeding Definitions and Uses
- Breeding Matters Part IV: Culling for Fertility
- Breeding Matters III – Inbreeding vs. Line Breeding
- Line Breeding is Good For Profit
- All Forage Bull Test Gearing Up For Year 3
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Dave Perozzi is a farmer at Wrong Direction Farm in Canajoharie, NY. At the farm, he and his family focus on direct-to-consumer sales of their pasture raised chicken, turkey, and grass fed beef, as well as pasture raised pork and grass fed lamb from nearby partner farms. Dave has been farming since 2011. He is interested in any agricultural topic but is especially fond of looking at farmer-built doodads and learning anything related to practical approaches to silvopasturing. More about the farm and a long-running blog can be found at https://wrongdirectionfarm.com.