Category Archives: Rotational Grazing

Frost Seeding

It’s getting time to Frost Seed, and if you haven’t bought them yet, do so now. Some companies that sell quality forage seed and have a distributor network in the Midwest: Byron Seeds, LLC Cisco Farm Seed Ampac Seed Company … Continue reading

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Stockpiling II

Ongoing experimentation with forage-based feeding of dairy cattle continues to yield good information. This Winter has come unexpectedly early and is unusually cold, yet our stockpiled Ryegrass pastures are holding up well. Of course we feed hay in the barn at … Continue reading

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Stockpiling forage

One of the happy things about stockpiling is that it works very well with innate human laziness. Stockpiling is basically letting a pasture or hayfield grow up to maturity or near maturity in the fall before growth greatly slows after … Continue reading

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An Ode to White Clover

One of the most unheralded, yet important, plants of agricultural merit is the little White Clover plant. The Irish seem to have understood its importance. The plant which England chose to represent itself, the Rose, is beautiful no doubt, but … Continue reading

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Family Cow breeds

The reason why we keep a Jersey is pretty simple. Jerseys are the breed most adapted to small-scale dairying or being a “family cow” because that is how they were kept on the little Isle of Jersey, where they originated, for … Continue reading

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Starvation is Cruelety

I see this with alarming frequency, particularly with smaller dairy cattle (Jerseys, Gurnesys and Dexters). People who THINK they know how to take care of a diary cow, but really are just abusing (usually starving) them. This is because of … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Mowing

Mowing is something that should be generally avoided, but can be just the right prescription if weeds or over grown pasture plants are what ails you. Mowing uses fuel and time, puts wear and tear on machine and man (or beast), … Continue reading

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