This article explains how often to move cattle in a pasture rotation and what grazing rules to use to maximize the advantages of rotational grazing.
All the little details to look out for when producing grass finished beef, so you can consistently produce tender and flavorful beef.
Continue reading "Grass Finished Beef: The Seven Rules for Producing Great Beef"
Here are 14 fun and unusual gift ideas for the cattle farmer on your Christmas list!
These are my favorite cattle farming books, from practical how-to ranching advice, to cow psychology, and holistic management.
Whether you finish beef cattle on grass or grain, use this simple technique to calculate their ideal target slaughter weight so they are fat enough when they go to market!
Continue reading "How to calculate target slaughter weights for your beef cattle finishing program"
A step-by-step guide to creating a mineral and cattle supplement program for your pasture rotation.
Voisin-style Rational Grazing - Interview with Daniel Suárez, rancher and grazing educator.
Body condition scoring is a simple technique to estimate cattle body fat. Use this tool to improve cattle health, increase weight gains, increase conception rates, and identify slaughter-ready cattle.
Continue reading "Cattle Body Condition Scoring: how (and why) to monitor cattle body fat"
Pequeños aumentos en la grasa corporal de las vacas en el momento del parto causan enormes aumentos en la tasa de concepción en la época de apareamiento.
Continue reading "Cómo la grasa corporal en la época de parto determina la fertilidad del ganado"
Small changes in body fat at calving time cause big changes in conception rates at breeding time. Use this powerful correlation to boost cattle fertility and reduce costs in your cow-calf herd!
Continue reading "How to use body fat to increase cattle fertility"
It's time to change how you think about electric fences! They are the steering wheel, brake, and accelerator of your most powerful farm tool - your grazing herd!
Continue reading "Rotational Grazing - Creating A Herd Migration In Your Pastures"
Here are the 9 biggest issues undermining profitability on both conventional and grass fed cattle farms, along with suggestions for what to do about it!
Continue reading "Top 9 ways to reduce beef cattle farming expenses"
Cattle stress unleashes massive changes to body chemistry that seriously undermine beef tenderness and flavor. Understanding this chain-of-events is the key to a better cattle finishing program.
Continue reading "The Devastating Beef Changes Triggered by Cattle Stress"
Check out the Spanish translation of my popular article about The Seven Core Rules for Successful Grazing Management, provided by Spanish translator, Mónica Fernández. Please feel free to comment or ask questions in either Spanish or English.
Continue reading "Las siete reglas fundamentales para una gestión exitosa del pastoreo"
Are you a low-cost cow calf producer? Use these cattle farming strategies to reduce costs while improving yields, weight gains, and cattle health, regardless of what the markets and weather are doing!
Continue reading "Low-Cost Cow Calf Cattle Farming Strategies (1/4)"
Learn what it takes to switch your current cattle ranching business to grass fed beef production.
Continue reading "Cattle Ranching: Transition to Grass Fed Production"
Beef is 75% water. That's why if you want to maximize your cattle's weight gains, your livestock water system deserves just as much of your attention as your forages and grazing strategy.
Continue reading "Why Livestock Water Is Key For Maximizing Cattle Weight Gains"
Before buying cattle you need to find a good breeder. Here's what to look for when choosing between beef cattle breeders.
Creating a harmonious match-up between your cattle breed and your farm requires studying cattle history and looking for the subtlest of differences between breeds. It's a lot like choosing a dog!
Continue reading "Picking your beef cattle breed is a lot like choosing a dog."
Discover how purebred cattle, crossbreeding, and mixed breed herds each have distinct advantages and disadvantages depending on your climate and on how you market your cattle.
Continue reading "Purebred vs Crossbreeding vs Mixed Breed Cattle - Which Is Right For You? (1/2)"
These drought management strategies will help you navigate the challenges of a drought year by boosting pasture yields, protecting your plants, and reducing soil moisture losses.
Continue reading "Top 10 Drought Management Tips for your Cattle Pastures (Part 1/2)"
These preparations will make your pastures more drought-resistant and will give your cattle business more options to respond the next time your farm is severely challenged by drought.
Continue reading "Top 10 Drought Management Tips for your Cattle Pastures (Part 2/2)"
Handling stress adds a huge hidden cost to your business through cattle shrink, production cost increases, and price discounts for selling nervous cattle. The numbers in this article will shock you!
Continue reading "Cattle Handling Stress: How Much Is It Costing You?"
22 preventative strategies for preparing your cow-calf herd for spring calving season (an essential survival guide for farmers who have not yet made the switch to summer calving).
Find the best cattle farming books in my carefully curated book list. From practical how-to ranching advice, to cow psychology, and holistic management, you'll find it all here!
Meet some of the ranchers using rotational grazing to build soil carbon, improve soil moisture, reduce erosion, and dramatically improve pasture productivity.
Grass fed beef is just as tender as grain fed beef. Tenderness (or toughness) depends on the farmers' cattle finishing skills, NOT on the feed source.
How do the flavors of grass fed beef compare to the taste of conventionally grain finished beef?
Beef fat from cattle finished on grass instead of a grain-fed feedlot have more yellowish fat. And that's a great thing for your health!
Continue reading "Yellow Beef Fat - The Grass Fed Advantage!"
A whirlwind tour of beef production: grass finishing, cattle marketing, cooking strategies, and buying tips.
Discover the most effective rotational grazing strategies to produce grass fed beef.
Divide your cattle management farm plan into separate map layers to plan your electric fences, cattle water, pasture rotation, winter grazing, calving, and grass-finishing.
Continue reading "Cattle Management Maps - the step by step visual farm plan"
Direct beef cattle marketing isn't for everyone. But pasture-based cattle farming strategies are perfect for reducing expenses for marketing through the commodity cattle markets...!
Beef cattle fertility and milk production protential in your cattle herd are strongly influenced by body fat during adolescence and by your calving date.
Continue reading "Improving Beef Cattle Fertility through Adolescent Nutrition and Calving Date"
A few simple grazing rules can turn bloat-prone alfalfa fields into 'high-octane' grass finishing pastures.
Check out our new directory of cattle farming and grass fed beef links from around the globe!
It's a continually growing list that relies on your recommendations and feedback, so make sure you add your favorite cattle farming links to this list!
Learn about a variety of beef cattle marketing options for your grass fed beef, including direct-marketing strategies and commodity cattle market outlets.
From a cattle farmer's perspective, ecologically-sustainable farming also must be financially sustainable. That means putting low-cost pasture-based farming strategies at the core of the farm plan.
Continue reading "Sustainable Farming Tips for the Cattle Industry"
I've been invited to answer questions about 'Grass Fed Cattle Farming' on the forums at Permies.com from Tuesday, June 17th, to Thursday, June 19th, 2014. So, bring your questions, create your user profile at Permies.com, and join in the conversation! And you could win one of four available copies of my book, Grass Fed Cattle, just for asking your own questions during the Q&A event - the more quality you post, the more chances you have to win. Hope to chat with you during the event!
Continue reading "Grass Fed Cattle Farming Q&A at www.permies.com"
Learn about the many different farming strategies that can be used to produce grass fed beef.
Continue reading "Grass Fed Beef - the marketing label vs. the farming strategies"
Assessing the risks and benefits of various agricultural products on food safety in grass fed beef production.
Continue reading "Food Safety of Common Agricultural Products"
Asking if grain fed or grass fed beef production is cheaper is like asking whether it's cheaper to build a car or a truck... it depends on what components YOU choose to put together under the hood.
Continue reading "Is Grass Fed Beef Production More Expensive Than Producing Grain Fed Beef?"
Frequently asked questions about the business of grass fed cattle farming, from our readers.
With the grazing season in full swing across the Northern Hemisphere, this is a good time to review the core grazing management rules at the heart of successful grass fed beef production.
Learn the rules-of-thumb that will help you maximize your pasture production during the growing season. And discover the grazing strategies used to grow high-quality winter pastures so your cattle can continue their grazing rotation long after the growing season ends this autumn.
Continue reading "The Seven Core Rules of Grazing Management"
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