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Shake up your grazing!

The ‘principle of disruption’ can keep your pastures improving by Allen Williams, Ph.D. Progress can be a frustrating thing. In our search for improved soil health and forage productivity, we look to certain grazing “systems” as the key to improvement. Many of you have implemented some form of intensive grazing — management-intensive grazing (MiG), rotational […]

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Cows grazing green pastures

Why you might be green with envy

What is your neighbor doing that you aren’t? By Daniel Olson Lena, Wisconsin — I know this is just a figure of speech, but there are times when your neighbor’s pastures look greener than yours. Or at least they seem to be substantially better. We all know that he isn’t smarter than you (he probably […]

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Cows graze on the Van Amburgh farm

The seven pillars of 100% grassfed dairy

By Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh Sharon Springs, New York — We like to say we don’t suffer from an agricultural education. Paul was a builder and Phyllis an occupational therapist prior to our farming lives. We mean no disrespect to agricultural degree programs or the folks who complete them, but we like to make […]

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Heidels with cows

Premiums welcomed, but not required

David just thinks A2 and no-grain are the most ‘ethical’ ways to make milk Random Lake, Wisconsin – The future of alternative dairy might well be on display on a small organic farm operated by a maverick 70-year old with a graduate degree in crop chemicals. David Heidel feeds no grain to his dairy animals […]

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Janet McNally with lambs

If you want to build topsoil, try bale grazing

By Janet McNally Hinckley, Minnesota—In past articles I’ve described how much more productive my managed pastures have been compared to the continuously grazed pasture right across the fence line. I’ve also told how much more productive and drought-tolerant my pastures have become since I moved toward a mob-grazing system with more frequent moves and longer […]

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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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