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Graze  is a print magazine devoted to management-intensive rotational grazing and family-scale livestock farms. Every issue is packed with ideas from real grazing farmers and ranchers who make their livings from the land. If you like the sample articles on this site, order a subscription and/or back issues to see more.


 

Getting paid to graze

Natural land care gaining popularity By Janet McNally One path to making a living with livestock is to be paid to graze other people’s properties. This month I’ll feature two graziers in very different parts of the country who employ goats in custom-grazing businesses. Why goats? They are known for their ability to eat browse […]

Allen Williams

Does pasture diversity matter?

Recent trials show it boosts production and aids health by Allen Williams, Ph.D. The vast majority of established pastures in the U.S. are dominated by what I would term a “near monoculture”, meaning that most of the forage yield, or biomass production, is obtained through two to three primary forages in the mix. Natural prairies […]

Drawing the line using peasant wisdom

By Jim Van Der Pol Kerkhoven, Minnesota — We had been talking about the new dairy factories here in western Minnesota, my friend and I. We finished adding the 4,000 cows in the first one to the 10,000 in the next one, then the 10,000 cows in the just-completed one as well as the 10,000 […]

Diagram of turning stock

Good grazing requires good handling techniques

By Steve Cote Midvale, Idaho — My road to high level stockmanship actually started while driving down a road in Idaho with Holistic Management founder Allan Savory. In listening to Allan, I learned that I had deeply held beliefs about grazing that were dead wrong. I learned that overgrazing is not caused by too many […]

Daniel Olson in field

Putting some numbers to cover crop benefits

By Daniel Olson Lena, Wisconsin—The benefits of annual cover crops, such as increased organic matter, soil porosity, and nitrogen creation, are well known. Over the past few years, pioneers in this field have championed “cocktail” mixes of a wide range of species, and they have achieved amazing results. Maybe it’s my inner researcher here, but […]

Shake up your grazing!

The ‘principle of disruption’ can keep your pastures improving by Allen Williams, Ph.D. Progress can be a frustrating thing. In our search for improved soil health and forage productivity, we look to certain grazing “systems” as the key to improvement. Many of you have implemented some form of intensive grazing — management-intensive grazing (MiG), rotational […]

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