Pasture management and grazing systems vary greatly between regions of North America. No matter when the grazing season begins in your area, there are a few common components in preparing to measure and manage your forage and grazing systems. “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” This advice once given to me by a Montana … Continue reading 5 Tips for Managing Forage, Grazing Systems
Last week, I had an opportunity to attend the Montana Winter Grazing Seminar in Missoula. This annual event attracted over 200 attendees from ranches and conservation programs, mostly from Western portions of the state. Speakers, panels and breakout workshops covered a number of topics focused on grazing management and feeding strategies, especially during winter months. … Continue reading Western Montana Ranchers Gather For Winter Grazing Seminar
We get it. 2015 has been dry, major portions of the West are in the middle of a big drought and things will catch on fire. But it doesn't have to be this bad. In a previous post, I briefly discussed the impact wildfires are having on Western states this year, specifically the ranching communities … Continue reading We Need To Manage Resources and Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
What is a Factory Farm? Does feeding cattle corn harm them? Why are cattle finished in feedlots? These are a few of the questions I often receive when discussing the beef we eat and how cattle are raised. Do cattle eat grass or grain? Most all beef cattle are born and raised on pastures where … Continue reading Ask A Farmer: Does feeding cattle corn harm them?
Pasture Fencing: Everyone has their own way of doing it. Every situation is different. No two fences are the same. Whether the project is a short two hours of patching or an extended building project, each needs its fair share of planning! It's one of my favorite things to do when I need a little … Continue reading How do I build fences for livestock?