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Pigs stack well with our grassfed beef

By Aaron and Melissa Miller We’ve been raising pigs on pasture for the past 12 years. Our beef customers were asking about pork, and we decided it was a good candidate to round out our meat selection at the various markets we serve. Pigs have become a profit center for us because we’re able to […]

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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 […]

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The similarities of grassfed beef and dairy

By Allen Williams, Ph.D. The grassfed beef sector has expanded rapidly over the past decade, ballooning from less than $40 million in domestic retail sales value in 2005 to $550 million in 2015. Annual sales growth of grassfed beef averaged 25-30% over the period. Interest in “100% grassfed” dairy is also taking off, with the […]

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Pigs graze in the woods

Trees and pasture can grow together

Silvopasture important part of diversified Forks Farm grazing By Tracy Frisch Orangeville, Pennsylvania— For many graziers, the woodlot is a place where the livestock end up when they break through the fence. For others, it’s a poorly managed shade lounge for hot summer afternoons. For John Hopkins, trees represent a natural extension of his pasture […]

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Selecting cattle for finishing on grass

By Allen Williams, Ph.D. Over the past three months we have looked at the basics of seedstock genetic selection for producing the kind of cattle that are capable of meeting the demands of the grassfed beef market. This month we will concentrate on selecting for the stocker or feeder cattle that we are actually going […]

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The future of grassfed: Laying out the promise and challenges

By Dr. Allen Williams The U.S. grassfed market has grown significantly over the past 15 years. According to data compiled by the Wallace Center of the Winrock Foundation, retail sales of domestically produced grassfed beef were less than $5 million in 1998, with only about 100 beef producers actively involved in grassfed beef production. By […]

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