Grass Fed Solutions is all about pasture-based cattle farming. Cow/calf, stockers, grass finishing, pasture management - it's all covered here!
The articles and tips on this site combine science and practical hands-on experience to teach low-cost pasture-focused cattle ranching strategies. Whether you raise cattle for the commodity markets or finish beef for the rapidly growing grass fed beef sector, if you’re in the business of converting grass into beef, this site is for you.
To give you a flavor of the topics covered, here are some of my most popular articles:
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My most recent articles are always posted here, however the rest of the site is organized by topic to make it easy to explore subjects in greater depth.
I grew up on a very traditional farm in the mountains of south-central British Columbia, Canada. We had a commercial cow/calf herd, grew grain, and had a small backgrounding feedlot. In the late 1980’s my dad started experimenting with more pasture-focused cattle farming strategies as a way to improve cattle health, improve pasture yields, and reduce costs.
Working on a farm with hay fever isn’t fun, so I originally left to train as a geologist. However, my father was severely head-injured in a farming accident, so after university I returned to the farm for a few years while my siblings were still at school.
At that time we were calving approximately 425 cows each year. Having a cattle herd of that size to test different grazing strategies, calving schedules, and management techniques (and see the consequences of my decisions in real time) was a really unique experience.
Under my management we shifted the calving season to early June, started experimenting with winter grazing, eliminated the feedlot, switched to grazing yearlings, began the transition to certified organic production, started developing a direct-marketing program for our various farm products, and began experimenting with grass finishing.
Although I briefly had my own cattle herd after I left the family farm and have done some consulting for other cattle farms, it was this unique period of time managing my parent’s cattle ranch that ignited my passion for teaching pasture-focused cattle farming strategies, which has led to my book, Grass Fed Cattle: how to produce and market natural beef, and to the creation of this website.
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