Rotational Grazing 101

Rotational Grazing 101

Whether you call it MiG – management intensive grazing – mob grazing, managed grazing, strip grazing or any of a half dozen other names, rotational grazing is a system of allowing animals to graze a pasture, then providing that pasture with a rest period....
A Few Differences Between Beef Cows and Dairy Cows

A Few Differences Between Beef Cows and Dairy Cows

This Red Angus cow has the muscularity, smoothness and femininity we like to see in beef cows. This stylish and productive Red and White Holstein is as near to perfect as a dairy cow can get. I was 23 when I moved to central Virginia, and one of the first things I...

About All That Mud

It looks terrible now, but in another month, a little dozer work and vigorous green grass will remove any vestiges of these ruts. These cows are waiting for me to remove the wire between them and their new "break". Rotationally grazed pastures can provide adequate,...

The Differences Between Hay and Straw

Farming has its own language, and sometimes people outside of the farming community don’t understand what we’re saying, no matter how slowly or how loudly we talk. If you knew the difference between hay and straw is five dollars a bale, you at least sort...

Bratty Murray Grey Calves

Recent rains have given us wet ground, high winds, falling branches, down trees and a heavy weed load. Saturated ground means that we can’t mow our fencelines without running the risk of creating ruts, or getting stuck. That means that most of our fences, which have...

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