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Graze  is a print magazine devoted to management-intensive rotational grazing and family-scale livestock farms. Every issue is packed with ideas from real grazing farmers and ranchers who make their livings from the land. If you like the sample articles on this site, order a subscription and/or back issues to see more.


 

Daniel Olson in field

Putting some numbers to cover crop benefits

By Daniel Olson Lena, Wisconsin—The benefits of annual cover crops, such as increased organic matter, soil porosity, and nitrogen creation, are well known. Over the past few years, pioneers in this field have championed “cocktail” mixes of a wide range of species, and they have achieved amazing results. Maybe it’s my inner researcher here, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Janet McNally with lambs

The biggest pitfalls to producing grassfed lamb

By Janet McNally Hinckley, Minnesota — There is no denying that producing a grassfed lamb requires skill and know-how. Grazing is about replacing purchased inputs with knowledge inputs. Unlike grains and stored forages that can be tested and formulated into a ration with a predictable result, green and growing forages are constantly changing. Therefore it […]

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 […]

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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