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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 […]

Charles Flodquist and John Richmond II

Passing a life’s work to a new generation

Apprentice program offers an opportunity Colfax, Wisconsin — “I’ve enjoyed farming all my life.” With that statement, Chuck Flodquist may be speaking for quite a few veteran dairy graziers who would love to keep living the life. But reality eventually comes calling. At retirement age, and three years past a back injury, Chuck recognizes he […]

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 […]

The Tafel family

Conventional tactics, unconventional dairy

Tafels combine cow comfort with no-grain feeding Laurens, New York — Adam and Margaret Tafel do a lot of things that are considered good practices in the conventional dairy world. They work hard at harvesting quality forages. They try to keep their cows comfortable in freestalls and tunnel ventilation. They watch body condition and feed […]

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 […]