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What to tell environmentalists about cows

Latest research shows that good grazing is good for the planet By Allen Williams and Russ Conser Somewhere along the road, cattle got a bad rap. Just when the fear that eating animal fats will kill you appears to be fading, concern is growing that cattle are intrinsically bad for the planet. So, it’s refreshing […]

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Doing what it takes to build soil health

Breitkreutzes up their game with covers and grazing Redwood Falls, Minnesota — Most cash grain growers in the Upper Midwest run big equipment across thousands of acres of GMO corn and soybeans and maybe — just maybe — feed out some of those crops to feedlot cattle or confinement hogs. Often it doesn’t get much […]

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For love of trees

A Wisconsin dairyman sees advantages to planting them in his pastures By Dylan Paris Platteville, Wisconsin — Don Austin just likes trees. Over the past 30 years the veteran dairy grazier has planted hundreds of them along property boundaries and interior fences, next to cattle lanes and in the midst of pastures. Oaks and elms, […]

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Book review: The Art and Science of Grazing

By Joel McNair Seldom do I write reviews of books that have to do with grazing. Too many espouse particular points of view that apply only to a certain subset of grass-based farmers. Others are fluffy tomes that aim to affirm readers’ beliefs of what’s right and wrong. More than a few are written mainly […]

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Beef cattle in cover crop pasture

Can we really regenerate our soils?

This grazing and cover crop system is producing some impressive numbers By Gabe Brown Phone calls, emails and even a few old-fashioned letters — all say the same thing. As I travel presenting at conferences and workshops, the statement comes up repeatedly. If only I had a dollar for the number of times I had […]

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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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