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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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A problem of distribution

Soil and yield testing showed shocking shortfalls in the back halves of paddocks By Daniel Olson So, I was sitting in my sister’s living room, admiring the newly purchased aerial photograph of their property. Their place is next to ours, so the main farm is also in the picture. You could clearly see the chicken […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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