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December 2018
Why a cheesemaker values well-managed grazing
Wet weather forces changes in grazing management
Advisors on how they get minerals into their dairy cows
There’s too much rugged individualism in agriculture
Tackling cobalt deficiency in pastured sheep
Soil microbes will mine minerals if you give them a chance
Study showed special taste and functional qualities of grassfed milk
What to do if it won’t stop raining?

November 2018
Building a grassfed genetic base
Raising replacement dairy heifers
Dealing with robots and such
New group promoting authentic grassfed
Organic dairy study shows who’s making money, and who isn’t
What to do when local marketing isn’t enough
Grassfed organic forum: dealing with whacky weather
The wonders of plant-microbe symbiosis
The dark side of our technological progress

October 2018
From grain farmer to no-grain dairy
Scorecard shows plenty of variation in “organic”
Advisors: how much grain do you feed, and why?
Pursuing the potential of pasture butter
Wish you had some shade? Plant some trees
One flock’s fight against resistant parasites
Know your numbers before reducing grain fed to pastured pigs
Making dairy products that actually sell
“Big” is not the answer to our problems

August-September 2018
Cutting the grain and boosting the fatty acid profile of pastured pork
Advisors manage their fall pastures
Is there a sulfur-butterfat relationship?
NOP is the problem, not Aurora Organic
Buying cows for a new beef cow-calf operation
Gabe Brown and Allen Williams tell of cover crop success stories
Grassfed organic forum: addressing lower milk prices
Managing vegetation in silvopastures
Seeking answers to flooding problems

June-July 2018
Gabe Brown and Allen Williams: how to avoid cover crop failures
Janet McNally on making cover crops work for sheep
Advisors on how to manage summer grass
Time to start focusing on butter and burgers
Real Organic Project seeks higher grazing standards
New grassfed markets opening in the Northeast
Butterfat key to solving organic’s problems
Marketing milk as beef
Human management, not rote labor

May 2018

Manning Hill Farm bottles and sells milk in a tough New England market
Advisors tell how they get their cows bred
Dos and don’ts for selling your own milk
Starting a grazing farm from scratch
Silvopasture: how to get grass growing in a newly harvested timber stand
Ugly things happen when we farm against nature.
Grassfed organic forum: controlling flies
The case against clipping pastures
What’s learned from a long-abandoned farm

April 2018
Breitkreutzes do what it takes in building soil health
Advisors discuss their perfect cow
Facing modern dairy realities
Why cows aren’t bad for the environment
Getting a grip on grassfed dairy costs
Allen Williams explains adaptive grazing
Organic producers must tell their story if they are going to survive
A university professor says it’s time to take raw milk seriously
Thoughts on feeding skim milk to pigs

March 2018
Amos Nolt seeks balance and 15,000-lb. herd average without grain
Average no-grain production costs are sky high
Advisors tell how they handle manure
How to stop penalizing springtime milk
Proving the benefits of sward diversity
Janet McNally’s picks for best pasture sheep breeds
How to thin a woodlot with pasture in mind
Organic forum: cow treatment strategies
Gabe Brown: standard soil tests aren’t telling the story
Jim Van Der Pol: Our agriculture needs a new language

February 2018
Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Co-op finds niche in competitive sector
Advisors describe their milking set up
Pasture math for healthy soils and wallets
Improving any kind of soil
McNally on sheep breeds for pasture (part one)
Two takes on markets and the future of grassfed dairy
Farmers need not be alone in their struggles

January 2018
David Stratton paid off the farm without feeding grain
Advisors on raising calves through weaning
More alternatives to conventional organic markets
The economics of heifer grazing
We can add organic matter faster than the textbooks say
Salary as a way to attract a motivated employee
Grassfed organic forum: What do you want in a no-grain cow?
How to properly graze a woodlot
The pains and gains of relationship marketing

December 2017
Schlatters keeping pace with changing no-grain dairy, meat and egg markets
How to provide a career path for motivated employees
Advisors talk about drying off and steaming up their cows
New livability PTAs have value for graziers
Are organic certification add-ons worth the trouble?
What it takes to learn about your soils
Big, happy Irish grazing cows
Why Jim VanDerPol focuses on community in his marketing efforts

November 2017
Silvopasture explained
Dairyman loves planting trees in pastures
Planting trees as part of a long-term, multi-species plan
The real story behind Fake Meat
What’s with those “happy lines” on your cows?
Retrofit milking parlors revisited
Grassfed organic forum: winter feed for no-grain dairies
Dealing with too much mud

October 2017
Dairy venture is turning cropland into organic pastures
Advisors offer labor-saving tips
Getting serious about dealing with changes in alternative markets
Water follows carbon in the circle of life
Cobalt often overlooked cause of livestock health issues
New grazing forages that may be worth a look
“Ideal” matings can produce problems in your herd
Putting carbon where it belongs

Aug-Sept 2017
Grassfed dairy pioneer Traders Point Creamery looking to the future
Dealing with dry weather
Let form follow function for the grassfed cow
Saving organic dairy from itself
Following the circle of life in land management
How to finish lambs on grazed forages
Searching for a better southern summer grass
Organic/grassfed forum addresses minerals for no-grain cows
Fear as a positive force

June-July 2017
How mob grazing and cover crops are paying off for a southern beef ranch
Dr. Allen Williams on the status of grassfed beef
Advisors on starting permanent pasture
Solving sticky stockmanship problems
Tips for producing grassfed lamb
Start with the head when selecting grazing dairy cattle
Taking advantage of guilty customers
Living in a CAFO sacrifice zone

May 2017
Piecing together a Louisiana grass dairy puzzle
Advisors deal with heat stress
Challenges and opportunities in dairy markets
Minerals and the no-grain dairy ration
How you can profit from consumer tendencies
What fatty acids are, and why they are important
Grassfed/organic forum: soil fertility strategies
Is the sun setting on commodity agriculture?

April 2017
Stacking enterprises in the Deep South
Advisors on how they employ grazing annuals
Running the financial numbers on alternative dairy
Finding the right cow for no-grain dairy
Visual soil health indicators
Perennials are the ultimate pasture goal
Why we should embrace the crazy
Putting the cow back in her place

March 2017
Don Boland’s dairy outwintering system is ugly, but it works
Off-grid ouwintering works for a Wisconsin cow-calf operator
The Advisors describe their spring grazing strategies
What we’ve learned lately about grazing
A2 breeding as an insurance policy
Selecting sheep for parasite resistance
Grasses and legumes for wet soils
More on rebuilding soils with the right management
Explaining how to wean without stress
Grassfed organic forum: How to avoid skinny cows
A grazed woodlot nets more than corn
Cooking the hog and the frog

February 2017
At this Missouri dairy, grass utilization is king
Dr. Allen Williams says soil can be built faster than commonly believed
The new Graze advisors: introductions and challenges
The difficulties of labeling grassfed
Dealing with pasture-specific flies
Why the Van Amburghs like their holistic grazing plan
Enterprise analysis helps this grazier deal with chaos
Weaning success depends on a lot more than the act itself

January 2017
Making a great dairy grazing living using old-fashioned methods
The numbers say that soil regeneration can happen
Georgia dairy grazing pioneers are going organic
Advisors discuss their biggest challenges
Challenging post-graze residual gospel
Find the flies before they find you
Pigs stack well in this grass-finished beef operation
Grassfed Organic Forum: feeding dairy calves to weaning
Our nation’s soils are in terrible shape

November 2016
Minnesota dairy graziers build milking parlor with financial help from their community.
Getting paid to graze: how two meat goat operations built businesses based on clearing land.
Advisors’ soil health views.
We graziers must record what we’re doing.
A future of printed DNA and brewed milk?
Seven keys to a successful on-farm store.
The insanity of putting production ahead of people.
A different way to a better farm policy.

October 2016
Wisconsin grazier utilizes an apprenticeship program to transition his farm to younger generation
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship expanding to new states
Advisors offer advice for starting in grass-based farming
Adding grazing to a confinement operation allows expansion without facilities expense
Analyzing the costs and benefits of fodder sprouting
How to make milk on stored forages without feeding grain
Organic no-grain forum: my winter feeding program
Expanding a direct-marketing business beyond the BMW crowd
Studies show pasture diversity really does pay dividends
Science, money, politics and drunk plants

August-September 2016
Maryland dairy graziers overcome barriers to launch a thriving ice cream business
Dr. Allen Williams: All U.S. beef could be produced on grass
Advisors talk about keeping track of their pasture availability
Why corn isn’t a sacred crop
If you’re selling directly to consumers, think convenience
Janet McNally: do those newborn lambs need to be tagged?
Ohio grassfed beef producers add up their costs and come to some conclusions
Learning how to sort cattle out on pasture
On-farm forage trials can be worth the effort
The great need for a perennial agriculture

June-July 2016
New grassfed dairy standards proposed
A dairyman finds his cows can cope just fine without grain
Advisors explain why they feed grain
Science is showing the benefits of soil health practices
How to make a “Bud Box” work efficiently
How a grass-finishing farm prices its beef
Organic forum: grazing strategies for the no-grain dairy herd

May 2016
Keys to a successful grazing-based custom-heifer business
Planning for drought
Annual crops for summer grazing and winter feed
How to ensure that grazing rotations control sheep parasites
Making money in a direct-market, grassfed beef business
The Bud Box, a crowd pen that really works for livestock
What’s required for a durable farm

April 2016
Tallying the nutritional benefits of grassfed meats
Michigan dairy brothers grow big operation despite lack of experience
How advisors are dealing with lower prices
The economics of raising dairy calves on cows
The price limits of value-added production
How to avoid dairy inbreeding
Solving existing cow-calf behavior problems
Launching the new Organic Grassfed dairy forum
Why I’m going to once-a-day milking
Drawing the line using peasant wisdom


March 2016
Young New York dairy farmers take up 100% grassfed challenge.
Feast or famine: the case for a small dairy farm.
The next generation’s biggest concern: animal welfare.
Stockmanship: moving cow-calf pairs on pasture.
Stay close to nature in raising calves for 100% grassfed dairy.
How to manage to make grazing’s resources work for you.
Why one grazier bought two farms in one week.

February 2016
Tips on how to pursue 100% grassfed dairy.
Cousins pool resources to launch organic dairy.
Advisors describe their planning processes.
Jon Bansen on balancing soil improvement with the bulk tank reading.
The free lunch: you can have it all if you do the grazing right.
Blue-sky pens produce healthy dairy calves in a cold climate.
Good grazing requires good stock handling technique.
Organic forum: Our successes and mistakes.
Janet McNally: Why I’ve started feeding a little grain.
Throwing elbows at pompous fools.

January 2016
Growing New York no-grain dairy keeps cows comfortable.
How much have grazing forages improved?
Building better heifers.
Measuring progress on the family dairy farm.
“Candle” improves gateless paddock entry.
Use the “principle of disruption” to improve your pastures.
A northern twist to adding property value with sheep.
Putting some numbers to cover crop benefits.
Stockmanship: livestock won’t move without a good leader.
What our grazing group does for us.

December 2015
These New York dairy graziers are moving away from conventional dairy markets.
Advisors talk about how they figure optimum production.
After 15 years of outwintering, a Minnesota dairyman explains his reasons for building a barn.
Shaving pennies to survive in the commodity market is no longer viable for most.
How “managing the whole” works for one New York dairy couple.
For a Missouri producer, pastured poultry as a stand-alone business isn’t working like it used to.
Organic forum: What’s been your toughest organic challenge?
The animal and human sides of processing.

November 2015
Making fescue work in a no-grain dairy.
Labor-saving ideas.
Building business models for a grassfed future.
How one dairy is revolutionizing the consumer connection.
Dr. Allen Williams: grazing for grassfed dairy (and beef) success.
Saving pastured poultry labor at the beginning and the end.
Making grazing work with robotic milking.
Our brains are key to fixing simple livestock handling problems.
The science behind grassfed dairy strategies.

October 2015
Can robots and grazing mix?
Grasslands dairy promoting career path for farmers.
Advisors describe their mineral feeding programs.
The similarities and differences of grassfed beef and dairy cattle.
Stockmanship: How to start getting the stock to do what you want.
Labor saving devices for pastured poultry.
Organic forum: What’s your milk cow ration?
The biggest pitfalls to producing grassfed lamb.
Hog judging as a symbol of our times.

June-July 2015
Companies report soaring no-grain dairy sales.
Dr. Allen Williams: Farming practices must change if food quality is to improve.
Advisors: What to do when seedheads are waving.
How “short” should you graze? Putting some yield and value numbers to post-graze residuals.
Shedding light on grassfed dairy labeling.
A2-labeled dairy products on the market.
Why your neighbor’s pastures might be looking better than yours.
Organic forum: Dealing with the summer pasture slump.
How our work affects our health.

March 2015

Rivingtons forge a grassfed butter business in New York.
Dr. Allen Williams on putting linebreeding to work in your herd.
Advisors describe their experiences with annual grazing and harvest crops.
Want better fluid milk sales? Make better milk.
Eric Grim is trying advanced soil testing; Ben Bartlett urges caution.
Finding the energy in forages for 100% grassfed dairy production.
Gabe Brown on designing the grazing system for maximum soil and forage benefits.
Land salmon? Janet McNally says grassfed lamb’s omega-3 levels are close to fishy levels.
Jim Van Der Pol on doing our part to help working people.

February 2015

Incubator farm serves as a grass dairy start-up.
How Gabe Brown allows nature to do his cow selection.
Advisors on handling pasture weeds.
Optimism in the organic dairy storm.
Is meadow fescue another silver bullet grass?
Linebreeding, part one: Dr. Allen Williams discusses the science and art.
Helping to build a Northeast grassfed beef industry.
Ben Bartlett on his experiments in developing the “complete” grazing system.

January 2015

Big companies enter the grassfed beef business.
The fame and struggles of Gunthorp Farms.
Feeding the world from the middle path.
Gabe Brown on adding enterprises to attract a next generation to the farm.
How one dairyman learned to address depression.
Getting the energy into no-grain dairy cows.
Grassfed dairy has bright future, but production challenges await.

December 2014

A young dairy grazier figures flexible, low-cost strategy fits his stage of life.
Advisors on feeding their stock when it’s cold outside.
Jon Bansen: grazing and experimentation go together.
Flatulent cows in a carbon-counting world.
An eastern range flock demands hardy sheep.
Allen Williams on avoiding off-flavors in grass-finished beef.
Organic forum: What’s your view of fodder sprouting?
Ben Bartlett tells what he learned from a 5,000-head ranch.


June-July 2014

Trees and pasture can grow together: Forks Farm manages woodlots for optimal grass and tree production.
Advisors talk soil fertility strategies.
Why a “100% Grassfed” dairy label makes sense.
An honest appraisal of our move to direct marketing.
Ideas for increasing forage brix levels.
Organic forum: Our experiences with feeding molasses.
When disease strikes a customer-based farm.
Holistic Management: Complex thinking leads to simple farming.


October 2013

Galbraiths change with the times.
The Advisors prepare for winter.
How to make the most of high-priced land.
McNally’s Year 4 report on using grazing to improve fallowed land.
Organic forum: to vaccinate, or not to vaccinate?
Forecasters see big role for grassfed in a burger future.
How much organic grain should organic dairy cows get? Trial results may surprise.


December 2012

North Carolina Jersey grazing dairy tops 20,000 lbs. milk.
Making a case for annual grazing crops.
Advisors on boosting pasture production.
Finding the right land for beef grazing.
Missouri sheep graziers adding value to their flock.
Organic forum: Producing quality winter forages.

June-July 2009
Small-scale irrigation offers alternative.
Inflation-proofing on grass farms.
Planning for the next generation.
Advisors on extending the grazing season.
Organic forum: Filling pasture growth gaps.
Dr. Hue Karreman on controlling flies organically.
Adding some nesting to our boomer mentalities.

May 2009
Leading graziers offer their best ideas for dealing with tough times.
To turn your business around, take control and reach out.
Graze advisors on managing heat stress.
Long-term grazing goals vs. short-term cash flow.
Planning for late-summer pasture growth declines.
Managing sheep grazing in the wild and wooly spring.
Matching pasture plants to soil types.

February 2009
The economics of once-a-day milking.
No-grain dairy: addressing soil fertility issues.
Are you making money? Tips for figuring it out.
Be wary of horned cows.
Organic forum: dealing with hoof ailments, pinkeye, external parasites.
Dr. Karreman: keys to a successful freshening season.
Building a new economy from the bottom up.

January 2009
Making concrete do triple duty.
How to improve crossbreeding results.
Advisors on how to spend money wisely.
Dr. Hubert Karreman: dry cow management.
Tips for grass-fed beef quality.
How to adapt that new bull or ram to your farm.
How the Europeans view food.