June 22, 2020

How to Turn Wooded Sites into Silvopastures (Pastures With Trees!)

Lately folks have been asking for input on how to create pasture from overgrown wood/brush areas. From June of 2017, Brett Chedzoy has your recipe for success. Throughout most humid regions of the US, the landscape is dotted with old farm fields and pastures that today grow trees and shrubs.  In some cases, there are […]

June 15, 2020

How to Figure Out How Big Your Pasture Should Be

From June of 2013, here’s a timely article for those of you wondering “Is my pasture the right size?” While Sarah’s video targets dairy graziers, anyone raising livestock on pasture can benefit from spending 5 minutes watching. You’ll learn how to do the quick and easy math to figure out how big your pastures should […]

June 8, 2020

Portable Water That Moves With the Herd

If there’s no water in a pasture, it doesn’t matter how much grass it has. Here are examples from your fellow farmers and ranchers of how they put water where they needed it, drawn from a 2014 issue of On Pasture. Getting water to livestock in pasture can be a challenge and farmers and ranchers […]

June 1, 2020

Is Your Grazing Management Making a Difference? The Photos Show!

Our memories are fickle things, sometimes only remembering the best, other times only the worst, and sometimes nothing at all. From June of 2017, here’s a way to improve your memory and mark the progress you’re making in improving your pastures. Would you like to have concrete proof of your management successes? Would you like […]

May 25, 2020

Reducing Pasture Rest Days Is Expensive

From June of 2018, the breakdown of how much just a couple days less rest could cost. We all know that giving our pastures enough time to recover before grazing them again is critical to our success. But what may be news is how big the impact of just a few days less of recovery […]

May 18, 2020

Greg Judy’s Fencing Advice

It’s that time of year when fencing is top of mind. So here’s a May 2019 article to give you a few pointers. I’ve also added Greg’s responses to some questions readers had. Enjoy! In this 3:30 video, we visit the fence I built in 1999 that is still functioning as sheep pasture. It uses […]

May 11, 2020

Prevention and Cures for Grass Tetany – A Springtime Risk

Read about spring pasture bloat prevention and cures here. This article comes to us from Ron Lemenager1, Allen Bridges1, Matt Claeys1, and Keith Johnson2 Purdue University Departments of Animal Sciences1 and Agronomy2 Most cattlemen look forward to warmer temperatures and spring grass.  As temperatures begin to warm, cool-season grasses and legumes begin a rapid growth phase […]

April 27, 2020

Pearl Millet is a Drought and Heat Tolerant Option for the Summer Slump

This article comes to us from our July 2015 issue and shows why Chad Fisher decided to use it in his grazing operation. Getting ready for mid-summer dry weather for your grazing animals? Pearl millet may be a great annual option because of its incredible resiliency! Pearl millet or Millet [Pennisetum americanum (L.) R. Br. is […]

April 13, 2020

Can Manure Be Made Into Toilet Paper?

This article was first published in April of 2018. With everything going on, I thought it was timely. Enjoy! Alexander Bismarck was vacationing in small village on Crete when he had an “Ah Ha” moment. He was watching goats grazing summer-dry grass when he realized that what comes out in the end is partially digested […]

March 30, 2020

The Best Treatments for Pinkeye

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March 2, 2020

Grazing Season Is Coming – Let’s Talk Fencing!

With turn-out time coming in the next couple months, it’s time to think about keeping your stock where you want them. From March of 2019, Greg Judy shares what he uses on his place. High-tensile electric fence is the most effective and economical fence that you can build on leased land and it’s what I […]

February 24, 2020

Soil Microbes Need the Right Nutrients to Do Their Job

From March of 2017, here’s how a disagreement about managing crop residues gave us new insight into what soil microbes need in order to thrive. In June of 2014, Grist reporter Nathanael Johnson reported on a battle between two men in New South Wales Australia. Clive Kirkby and John Kirkegaard were having it out over […]

February 10, 2020

How to Frost Seed to Add Legumes to Your Pastures

Folks have been asking about this recently. From January 2017, Genevieve’s tips can help you adjust your winter grazing now for frost-seeding for a better pasture this summer. Frost-seeding is one form of over-seeding, in which you can use legumes to economically and quickly thicken a pasture or a perennial hayfield in late winter. Though […]

January 27, 2020

Using Your Herd to Get Manure Spread Onto Your Pastures

This is a Part 3 of a six part series Jim Gerrish wrote on feeding hay in pasture to improve pasture fertility. It goes well with another article this week on the soil benefits of manure. Here are the first two parts of the series: Part 1 and Part 2 . Follow links at the […]

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