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June-July 2021

Grazing 300+ days a year in northern Pennsylvania
The ins and outs of alternative milking options
A once-a-day milking report
Advisors discuss their drought strategies
Grazier opportunities in a world of fake meat and milk
Getting a profitable start with sheep
Science backs adaptive grazing advantages
Managing for safe raw milk: keeping it clean
The tinder is dry; time to strike the match

May 2021

“Stock cropping” effort has lofty goals
Practical genetics: knock out the props
Advisors raise calves to weaning
Focusing on taste to sell grassfed
The economics of solar bale drying
How nurse cows can provide profitable options
Grassfed organic forum: soil fertility programs
Managing for safe raw milk
Linking blowing soil with the food supply

April 2021

A group of dairy graziers enlists community support for a marketing venture
Advisors on how they launch their spring grazing
In search of alternative marketing models
Solar round bale drying plans for 2021
The power of nurse cows
Raw milk’s tremendous possibilities
Get your farm’s succession plan in order
We need to start valuing soil

March 2021

Solar round bale dryer shows promise
Why a dairyman decided not to build an on-farm creamery
Advisors: introductions and challenges
The future isn’t always what they say it is
Pricing your grassfed lamb for direct sales
Making sense of meat processing options
Grassfed organic forum: transitioning to spring grazing
Allen Williams: The roots of stewardship
Hopeful for agricultural policy change

February 2021
Solving a “soggy farm” problem
Advisors on their five-year plans
Why labels aren’t so great
Building a baleage dryer prototype
How to boost energy levels in high-forage diets
Silvopastures saved us in last year’s drought
Regenerative Organic Certification’s ins and outs
What the 2021 food scene holds for pastured proteins
A blizzard of bad farming practices

January 2021
A young dairy grazing couple learns the value of patience
The Advisors describe their financial planning
Why he built a baleage dryer
Study shows variability in grassfed milk samples
Custom grazing proves to be a balancing act
When certification makes sense, and when it doesn’t
The future is looking good for regenerative agriculture
Grassfed organic forum: winter rations
He built an on-farm, USDA-inspected meat processing plant
Removing the old, building the new

December 2020
Bringing meat processing issues into focus
Co-grazing goats with cattle and sheep
Addressing the meat processing bottleneck
Transferring knowledge to the next generation
Learning the custom grazing business
Taking a look at value-added certification
Solving meat processing problems

November 2020
New neighbors offer markets to a Hudson River Valley dairy
An investor group helped dairy graziers expand
Advisors on how they want research to help them
Balancing income and labor
High on hedgerows
Take all research with a grain of salt
Defending bigger cows
The Bible on land reform

October 2020
A leap of faith into dairy processing
Advisors discuss weak links in their operations
Looking back at 20 years of Graze
How to solve a guardian dog problem
Moving from flock to flerd saved labor
Weaning ourselves from commodity agriculture
Grassfed/organic forum: What we look for in a cow
Real solutions are local

August-September 2020
A Pennsylvania grazier’s tips for producing great grassfed beef
Advisors balance milk and pasture productivity
How grassfed fits within a lab meat world
Taking the marketing leap
Corn grazing for milking cows
Keeping your guardian dog with the stock
Soil health lessons from the Serengeti
How to succeed with natural parasite control
Questions about climate and markets

June-July 2020
An Ohio sheep grazier taps a premium lamb market
Finding a mating strategy that works for dairy graziers
Advisors and Dr. Hue Karreman offer pinkeye solutions
No simple, easy or cheap grassfed milk testing on the horizon
A New York grazing couple launches a promising milk bottling business
Ten tips for summer grazing
Grassfed organic forum: making and buying stored forage
Tips for milking three times in two days
The problem of too much customer demand

May 2020
Farm marketers see surging sales due to pandemic
Allen Williams: chinks showing in food industry’s armor
Advisors detail how they deal with bloat
Pandemic points to future possibilities for the little guy
Once-daily calf feeding works for these dairy graziers
Janet McNally: managing rank pasture growth with sheep
Personal breeding indexes for dairy graziers
Jim VanDerPol: booming sales and question marks

April 2020
Keeping a farm in the family
Advisors explain why they aren’t going to no-grain rations
Grassfed beef market pressured by imports
To succeed, differentiate
Producers like their concrete cow sidewalks
Allen Williams: why we need regenerative agriculture
No-grain dairy forum returns
The dangers of modern dairy breeding methods
What to do while waiting for others to change

March 2020
Fall calving and no-grain milk production
Cow comfort affects no-grain success
Advisors deal with pasture weeds
The great grassfed butter gold rush
A good handling system makes sheep more fun
Dr. Allen Williams: Returning the land to what it once was
Understanding customer psychology
Grazing Kernza
Managing swards for decades, not years
We’re all in this together

February 2020
Doing what it takes to launch a grass dairy
Advisors tell what’s new for the coming year
Jon Bansen: creating resilience to survive tough times
The need to do something different
Looking for ways to boost forage productivity
Graziers offer more thoughts on once-a-day milking
A map of how the states regulate raw milk distribution
Dr. Allen Williams: soil health requires living organisms
20 rules to live by in your farming life

January 2020
Ohio and Pennsylvania dairy graziers happy with once-a-day milking
Analyzing the pluses and minuses of once-a-day milking
Advisors on how they boost milk quality
The benefits of diverse monocultures
A pastured-pig producer eyes improvements for 2020
Dr. Allen Williams: Open your eyes to the impacts of modern agriculture
Sizing paddocks to avoid overgrazing
Jim Van Der Pol: Returning livestock and people to the land

December 2019
Pennsylvania dairy finds grazing better than plowing
Advisors assess a difficult 2019
Telling the real story about fake meats
Putting grazing at the forefront of value-added
Finishing lambs when the rain won’t stop
2018 financial reports from organic dairies
Raw butter ban challenged
Mob grazing as a tool
How I got my cattle out of the mud

November 2019
Two New York dairy families see “micro” as the way to go
Advisors: To vaccinate, or not?
The problem with grazing-based research
Grazing as a low-cost alternative
Lambing in the cold rain
Sorting stock all by yourself
The crises of farm people and their land

October 2019
An Iowa dairy grazier’s soil health strategies
Advisors discuss soil fertility, part 2
Are micro-dairies the answer?
Reasons for family farm optimism
Mob vs. rotational grazing in the Northeast
Regenerating soils with cattle and pigs
More unintended consequences from our farming practices
Grass follows the cows
Work as something more than money

August-September 2019
Catching up with some of the farmers we’ve featured
Advisors describe their soil fertility strategies
What was with those ultra-low milk urea nitrogen readings?
Unintentional consequences from our conventional farming
Fake meat, big money
Organic fly control ideas
Learning to manage through the mud
A victory for raw butter

May 2019
What we’ve learned about robotic milking in a grazing situation
The fallacy of “feeding the world”
Adding legumes to pastures
How to use pigs for improving soils
“100% grassfed” dairy producers describe their challenges
Not all grassfed beef is created equal
Farm programs for the people

April 2019
How good grazing helps make award-winning cheeses
Addressing the farming side of a direct-market business
Getting water to pastures
How to build a regenerative movement
How to make internet marketing work for you
Improving pastures
Soil and people health

February 2019
A locker plant tells a sustainable meat story
Feeding forages to improve butterfat tests
Advisors on what works for improving solids tests
Price alone won’t solve agriculture’s problems
Lack of grazing skills hurting the grassfed dairy sector
Confronting mental health challenges in tough times
“Living barns” can offer effective low-cost shelter
How farmers can define grassfed dairy
Minnesota trial: outdoor pack wintering is cost effective
In these times, we need each other

January 2019
A grass-based dairyman calculates the value of pasture
Maple Hill Creamery’s founder optimistic about the future of grassfed dairy
Advisors on how they’re dealing with tough times
Lessons learned in grazing sheep
How to restore land with pastured pigs
A new day in soil testing
What grassfed dairy needs to do to keep growing
Grassfed organic forum: describing the challenges of making milk
How a sorghum-sudangrass mix saved our summer
Agriculture must change to serve the people

December 2018
Why a cheesemaker values well-managed grazing
Wet weather forces changes in grazing management
Advisors on how they get minerals into their dairy cows
There’s too much rugged individualism in agriculture Tackling cobalt deficiency in pastured sheep
Soil microbes will mine minerals if you give them a chance
Study showed special taste and functional qualities of grassfed milk
What to do if it won’t stop raining?

November 2018
Building a grassfed genetic base
Raising replacement dairy heifers
Dealing with robots and such
New group promoting authentic grassfed
Organic dairy study shows who’s making money, and who isn’t
What to do when local marketing isn’t enough
Grassfed organic forum: dealing with wacky weather
The wonders of plant-microbe symbiosis
The dark side of our technological progress

October 2018
From grain farmer to no-grain dairy
Scorecard shows plenty of variation in “organic”
Advisors: how much grain do you feed, and why?
Pursuing the potential of pasture butter
Wish you had some shade? Plant some trees
One flock’s fight against resistant parasites
Know your numbers before reducing grain fed to pastured pigs
Making dairy products that actually sell
“Big” is not the answer to our problems

August-September 2018
Cutting the grain and boosting the fatty acid profile of pastured pork
Advisors manage their fall pastures
Is there a sulfur-butterfat relationship?
NOP is the problem, not Aurora Organic
Buying cows for a new beef cow-calf operation
Gabe Brown and Allen Williams tell of cover crop success stories
Grassfed organic forum: addressing lower milk prices
Managing vegetation in silvopastures
Seeking answers to flooding problems

June-July 2018
Gabe Brown and Allen Williams: how to avoid cover crop failures
Janet McNally on making cover crops work for sheep
Advisors on how to manage summer grass
Time to start focusing on butter and burgers
Real Organic Project seeks higher grazing standards
New grassfed markets opening in the Northeast
Butterfat key to solving organic’s problems
Marketing milk as beef
Human management, not rote labor

May 2018
Manning Hill Farm bottles and sells milk in a tough New England market
Advisors tell how they get their cows bred
Dos and don’ts for selling your own milk
Starting a grazing farm from scratch
Silvopasture: how to get grass growing in a newly harvested timber stand
Ugly things happen when we farm against nature.
Grassfed organic forum: controlling flies
The case against clipping pastures
What’s learned from a long-abandoned farm

April 2018
Breitkreutzes do what it takes in building soil health
Advisors discuss their perfect cow
Facing modern dairy realities
Why cows aren’t bad for the environment
Getting a grip on grassfed dairy costs
Allen Williams explains adaptive grazing
Organic producers must tell their story if they are going to survive
A university professor says it’s time to take raw milk seriously
Thoughts on feeding skim milk to pigs

March 2018
Amos Nolt seeks balance and 15,000-lb. herd average without grain
Average no-grain production costs are sky high
Advisors tell how they handle manure
How to stop penalizing springtime milk
Proving the benefits of sward diversity
Janet McNally’s picks for best pasture sheep breeds
How to thin a woodlot with pasture in mind
Organic forum: cow treatment strategies
Gabe Brown: standard soil tests aren’t telling the story
Jim Van Der Pol: Our agriculture needs a new language

February 2018
Wisconsin Grass-fed Beef Co-op finds niche in competitive sector
Advisors describe their milking set up
Pasture math for healthy soils and wallets
Improving any kind of soil
McNally on sheep breeds for pasture (part one)
Two takes on markets and the future of grassfed dairy
Farmers need not be alone in their struggles

January 2018
David Stratton paid off the farm without feeding grain
Advisors on raising calves through weaning
More alternatives to conventional organic markets
The economics of heifer grazing
We can add organic matter faster than the textbooks say
Salary as a way to attract a motivated employee
Grassfed organic forum: What do you want in a no-grain cow?
How to properly graze a woodlot
The pains and gains of relationship marketing

December 2017
Schlatters keeping pace with changing no-grain dairy, meat and egg markets
How to provide a career path for motivated employees
Advisors talk about drying off and steaming up their cows
New livability PTAs have value for graziers
Are organic certification add-ons worth the trouble?
What it takes to learn about your soils
Big, happy Irish grazing cows
Why Jim VanDerPol focuses on community in his marketing efforts

November 2017
Silvopasture explained
Dairyman loves planting trees in pastures
Planting trees as part of a long-term, multi-species plan
The real story behind Fake Meat
What’s with those “happy lines” on your cows?
Retrofit milking parlors revisited
Grassfed organic forum: winter feed for no-grain dairies
Dealing with too much mud

October 2017
Dairy venture is turning cropland into organic pastures
Advisors offer labor-saving tips
Getting serious about dealing with changes in alternative markets
Water follows carbon in the circle of life
Cobalt often overlooked cause of livestock health issues
New grazing forages that may be worth a look
“Ideal” matings can produce problems in your herd
Putting carbon where it belongs

Aug-Sept 2017
Grassfed dairy pioneer Traders Point Creamery looking to the future
Dealing with dry weather
Let form follow function for the grassfed cow
Saving organic dairy from itself
Following the circle of life in land management
How to finish lambs on grazed forages
Searching for a better southern summer grass
Organic/grassfed forum addresses minerals for no-grain cows
Fear as a positive force

June-July 2017
How mob grazing and cover crops are paying off for a southern beef ranch
Dr. Allen Williams on the status of grassfed beef
Advisors on starting permanent pasture
Solving sticky stockmanship problems
Tips for producing grassfed lamb
Start with the head when selecting grazing dairy cattle
Taking advantage of guilty customers
Living in a CAFO sacrifice zone

May 2017
Piecing together a Louisiana grass dairy puzzle
Advisors deal with heat stress
Challenges and opportunities in dairy markets
Minerals and the no-grain dairy ration
How you can profit from consumer tendencies
What fatty acids are, and why they are important
Grassfed/organic forum: soil fertility strategies
Is the sun setting on commodity agriculture?

April 2017
Stacking enterprises in the Deep South
Advisors on how they employ grazing annuals
Running the financial numbers on alternative dairy
Finding the right cow for no-grain dairy
Visual soil health indicators
Perennials are the ultimate pasture goal
Why we should embrace the crazy
Putting the cow back in her place

March 2017
Don Boland’s dairy outwintering system is ugly, but it works
Off-grid ouwintering works for a Wisconsin cow-calf operator
The Advisors describe their spring grazing strategies
What we’ve learned lately about grazing A2 breeding as an insurance policy
Selecting sheep for parasite resistance
Grasses and legumes for wet soils
More on rebuilding soils with the right management
Explaining how to wean without stress
Grassfed organic forum: How to avoid skinny cows
A grazed woodlot nets more than corn
Cooking the hog and the frog

February 2017
At this Missouri dairy, grass utilization is king
Dr. Allen Williams says soil can be built faster than commonly believed
The new Graze advisors: introductions and challenges
The difficulties of labeling grassfed
Dealing with pasture-specific flies
Why the Van Amburghs like their holistic grazing plan
Enterprise analysis helps this grazier deal with chaos
Weaning success depends on a lot more than the act itself

January 2017
Making a great dairy grazing living using old-fashioned methods
The numbers say that soil regeneration can happen
Georgia dairy grazing pioneers are going organic
Advisors discuss their biggest challenges
Challenging post-graze residual gospel
Find the flies before they find you
Pigs stack well in this grass-finished beef operation
Grassfed Organic Forum: feeding dairy calves to weaning
Our nation’s soils are in terrible shape