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The Grazing Grass Podcast features insights and stories of regenerative farming, specifically emphasizing grass-based livestock management. Our mission is to foster a community where grass farmers can share knowledge and experiences with one another. We delve into their transition to these practices, explore the ins and outs of their operations, and then move into the "Over Grazing" segment, which addresses specific challenges and learning opportunities. The episode rounds off with the "Famous Four" questions, designed to extract valuable wisdom and advice. Join us to gain practical tips and inspiration from the pioneers of regenerative grass farming.

This is the podcast for you if you are trying to answer: What are regenerative farm practices? How to be grassfed? How do I graze other species of livestock? What's are ways to improve pasture and lower costs? What to sell direct to the consumer?

Grazing Grass Podcast : Sharing Stories of Regenerative Ag Cal Hardage

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The Grazing Grass Podcast features insights and stories of regenerative farming, specifically emphasizing grass-based livestock management. Our mission is to foster a community where grass farmers can share knowledge and experiences with one another. We delve into their transition to these practices, explore the ins and outs of their operations, and then move into the "Over Grazing" segment, which addresses specific challenges and learning opportunities. The episode rounds off with the "Famous Four" questions, designed to extract valuable wisdom and advice. Join us to gain practical tips and inspiration from the pioneers of regenerative grass farming.

This is the podcast for you if you are trying to answer: What are regenerative farm practices? How to be grassfed? How do I graze other species of livestock? What's are ways to improve pasture and lower costs? What to sell direct to the consumer?

    e113. Greener Pastures Ranching with Steve Kenyon

    e113. Greener Pastures Ranching with Steve Kenyon

    Join us on the Grazing Grass Podcast as we explore the ins and outs of grass-based livestock production with Steve Kenyon from Greener Pastures Ranching. Listen in as Steve shares his innovative approach to profitable farming through custom grazing on leased land, revealing how this unique business model revolutionized his financial situation. We also get personal, discussing the everyday challenges and triumphs of managing a farm, including the seasonal anticipation of haying and the lively conversations happening within our thriving Grazing Grass community on Facebook.
    This episode is packed with tales of transformation and adaptation, from Steve's 'aha' moment during a hot, grueling day of manure hauling to Steve's journey from cattleman to grass farmer. Discover how a simple mindset shift can lead to smarter farming practices that let the cows do the work and promote a self-sufficient herd. The conversation covers the historical events that shape our decisions and the unexpected opportunities that lead to rapid growth in land holdings and custom grazing operations.
    For those interested in the cutting-edge practices shaping the future of agriculture, we dive into the details of drone seeding and its potential to revolutionize reseeding practices. We also tackle the logistics of bale grazing, the search for eco-friendlier alternatives to plastic netting in hay baling, and the importance of holistic management in our agricultural systems. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or just getting started, this episode is filled with insights and stories that underscore the importance of community, innovation, and a sustainable approach to farming. So tune in, and let's keep the conversation grazing!
    Links mentioned in the episode:Greener Pastures RanchingGreener Pastures Ranching on FacebookGreener Pastures Ranching on YouTube
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    e112. Mack Farms Fencing & Kiwitech

    e112. Mack Farms Fencing & Kiwitech

    Listen in as we welcome back Eli Mack to the Grazing Grass Podcast for a discussion on the intricacies of fencing equipment and Kiwitech's innovative offerings. Eli, with his dual expertise from Mack Farms and Kencove Farm Fence, unravels the complexities of high tensile perimeters and temporary interior fencing. He shares his hands-on experiences and preferences, such as the robustness of Ken Cove's braided twine and the convenience of Zammr handles. His insights illuminate the tangible benefits of these tools in bolstering the efficacy of regenerative grazing practices.
    Our conversation takes a practical turn as we explore the nitty-gritty of electric fencing systems, tailored for effective livestock management. I recount my appreciation for remote-controlled Energizers, highlighting the ease of managing fence voltage remotely—a real game-changer in the field. We exchange stories, including one where an energizer oversight led to an adventurous heifer, and discuss the varying voltage requirements for different livestock, along with the pros and cons of solar versus battery-powered units. Through the lens of real-world challenges, we recognize the adaptability of portable electric fences despite their lower energy output.
    Rounding out the episode, we offer a detailed overview of the KiwiTech Grazing System, hailed for its modular design akin to "Legos for an adult grazer." The system's efficiency in winding multiple strands simultaneously caters exceptionally well to multi-species grazing. Moreover, I touch on the practicality of KiwiTech's farming equipment, from their twisted, tight twist spools to their customizable ATV setups. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or just starting, this episode provides valuable insights and advice on optimizing fencing strategies to enhance your agricultural pursuits.
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    • 30 min
    e111. Revisiting Mack Farms with Eli Mack

    e111. Revisiting Mack Farms with Eli Mack

    Join us as we reconnect with Eli Mack of Mack Farms, who returns to share the evolution of his regenerative livestock operation since his initial visit on the podcast. Eli gives us an enlightening update on his holistic management training and how it's shaping the expansion of his farm. Focusing on cattle and sheep, and occasionally poultry, Eli offers valuable insights into the art of regenerative grazing. As we chat, we also discuss the broader impacts of these practices on the ecosystem and community, and how they're paving the way for the future of agriculture.
    In our conversation, we tackle the practical aspects of expanding livestock operations, with personal anecdotes about land acquisition and the challenges that come with it, such as water access and managing parasite issues with minimal intervention. Eli and I both share experiences from our respective farms, highlighting the importance of livestock genetics in creating hardy breeds and our experiments with mixed-species grazing and innovative fencing strategies. These stories not only provide a peek into the daily life of a regenerative farmer but also serve as a testament to the commitment required to maintain and grow a successful operation.
    Finally, we wrap up with an exploration of the principles of holistic land management and the transformative journey of becoming an accredited professional with the Savory Institute. Eli's experiences underscore the value of continuous learning and adapting, while I chime in with my own approach to embracing progress and the resources that have influenced my farming practices. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or someone curious about sustainable agriculture, this episode is packed with practical advice, personal reflections, and encouragement to take that first step towards a regenerative future.
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    • 1 tim. 8 min
    e110. Regenerative Ranching Meets Pecan Cultivation with Charles Rohla

    e110. Regenerative Ranching Meets Pecan Cultivation with Charles Rohla

    Join us as we welcome Charles "Chuck" Rolla from the Noble Research Institute for a rich conversation about the dynamic world of agriculture, regenerative practices, and the intricacies of pecan production. Chuck shares his journey from beginnings on a family ranch to his academic pursuits in animal and crop sciences, and his ultimate role as a pecan specialist and regenerative grazing educator. Throughout the discussion, Chuck illuminates the transformative power of regenerative grazing courses designed to help ranchers craft sustainable operations and seamlessly integrate grazing with pecan orchards for enhanced benefits.
    Listen in as Chuck takes us through the evolution of his agricultural practices, from managing livestock to embracing the principles of regenerative agriculture. His experience spans from traditional cattle rearing to raising miniature Herefords, all while fostering soil health and sustainability. Chuck also unpacks the complexities of forage management and the innovative use of technology to optimize grazing strategies. By sharing his own experiences and the educational resources offered by the Noble Research Institute, Chuck offers invaluable insights into the practicalities of agricultural success.
    Our discussion culminates in a comprehensive look at the symbiotic relationship between livestock and pecan orchards. Chuck provides a deep understanding of how integrating animals into tree farming can boost soil health, enhance tree production, and ultimately lead to a more profitable and ecologically sound agricultural system. He addresses common concerns and misconceptions, offering solutions and championing a paradigm shift towards this integrated approach. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or new to the field, Chuck's expertise in both grazing management and pecan production offers a fresh perspective on the future of sustainable agriculture.
    Links mentioned in the episode:Noble Research Institute
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    • 57 min
    e109. Part 2 of Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising

    e109. Part 2 of Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising

    Join me, Cal Hardage, on the Grazing Grass Podcast for an enlightening discussion on the intricacies of cattle raising, where we examine the second part of the Lasater Philosophy, focusing on the significance of reproductive efficiency in beef production. Discover Tom Lasater's unconventional approach to heifer retention, advocating for breeding at a young age and the merits of a condensed, 65-day breeding period. Listen in as I reflect on the initial hesitation surrounding these methods, the advantages they present for calving ahead of the herd, and how this strategy can transform a grass-fed beef operation. The dialogue invites ranchers to engage with these breeding philosophies and assess their practical applications on the field.
    The episode also delves into the emotional and economic challenges of herd management, sharing a personal tale of a difficult calving and the subsequent culling decision, highlighting the necessity of record-keeping in monitoring herd progress. Explore the concept of performance testing in natural environments, the principle of direct selection in breeding, and how immediate, decisive changes can yield a more efficient herd. Engage with the narrative of how ignoring non-essential traits and prioritizing reproductive efficiency can dramatically enhance a ranch's productivity, as we dissect these topics with the wisdom gleaned from experiences both personal and shared by others in the field, including insights from Allen Williams, as discussed in the Herd Quitter podcast.

    • 28 min
    e108. Start Small, Aim Big with Elizabeth Stuart

    e108. Start Small, Aim Big with Elizabeth Stuart

    Join us as Elizabeth Stuart from Crossing Creeks Farm shares her enlightening transition to grass-based livestock production and how her family's pursuit of health through better quality meat led them to start their own farming venture. Elizabeth's candid recount of their journey from vegetarianism to grass-fed beef enthusiasts, alongside their commitment to regenerative grazing practices, provides a compelling narrative that resonates with anyone interested in sustainable agriculture and personal wellness. In our discussion, Elizabeth reveals the thoughtful steps they took to ensure their farming operations were not only environmentally responsible but also capable of leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.
    As we explore the nitty-gritty of starting and expanding a farm, Elizabeth imparts valuable strategies that were instrumental in the growth of Crossing Creeks Farm. From the strategic placement of over 7,000 feet of water lines to the choice of electrified fencing, we get an insider’s look at the importance of efficient infrastructure. Balancing farm duties with off-farm jobs, she highlights how initial investments in systems like fencing and watering can pave the way for long-term success. Her insights on diversification through the addition of other species, and the implementation of direct-to-consumer models, underline the resilience and adaptability needed to sustain a profitable farm store year-round.
    In the final stretch of our conversation, Elizabeth offers advice on maintaining livestock health through natural practices, emphasizing the power of mineral management learned from Pat Colby's methodologies. As we chat about the daily operations and the utility of farm tools, the message is clear: starting small and dreaming big is key for those embarking on their farming path. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or just starting out, this episode is packed with practical tips, inspiring stories, and an invitation to engage with a community passionate about regenerative farming and the grass beneath our feet.
    Links mentioned in the episode:Crossing Creeks FarmCrossing Creeks Farm on FacebookCrossing Creeks Farm on Instagram
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