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Helping grass farmers learn from grass farmers. Each episode features a grass farmer utilizing regenerative practices. We discuss the farmers journey to regenerative practices and operation followed by the Over Grazing section and the Famous Four questions.

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    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

Helping grass farmers learn from grass farmers. Each episode features a grass farmer utilizing regenerative practices. We discuss the farmers journey to regenerative practices and operation followed by the Over Grazing section and the Famous Four questions.

    e97. Cows, Calves, and Creativity with Connor Laukant

    e97. Cows, Calves, and Creativity with Connor Laukant

    Join us as we welcome Connor from LauKant Farms and Serrated Shade to the Grazing Grass Podcast, where he shares his insightful transition from a college student to a successful grass farmer managing a substantial grazing operation. Listen in as Connor details the strategic moves that propelled his farm forward, including rotational grazing inspired by his neighbor and the utilization of government programs to transform traditional cropland into lush grazing pastures. His story is not just about cattle but also the innovative venture Serrated Shade, which we'll explore in this engaging discussion.
    Lastly, don't miss our chat on the challenges and triumphs of grazing management, where Connor explains the innovative solutions for water systems on his terrain, calving schedules, and cattle breed selections. We also highlight the importance of portable livestock shade for animal comfort and the future prospects of acquiring more land for expansion. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or just starting, this episode offers a wealth of practical advice, personal experiences, and a dash of humor to guide you on the path to farming success.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    e96. Optimizing Grass Genetics and Profitabilty with Jared Luhman

    e96. Optimizing Grass Genetics and Profitabilty with Jared Luhman

    Join me as I sit down with Jared Luhmen, esteemed host of the Herd Quitter podcast and an innovative grass farmer, for a riveting exploration of sustainable farming practices and the evolution of livestock breeding. Listen in as Jared shares his personal journey from a disinterest in cattle to cultivating a passion for grazing management. Discover how he skillfully navigates the complexities of operating a registered red Angus seedstock across non-contiguous plots, while also embracing the art of starting simple and scaling up with necessity as the driving force.
    Our conversation meanders through the rich history of livestock breeding and how it's shaped by generational perspectives. We discuss grass-fed systems and Jared's choice to raise Herefords over the family's Red Angus. We delve into the benefits of diversifying livestock, the transformative encounter with a New Zealand exchange student, and how adaptability in breeding practices can safeguard against market uncertainties. Additionally, we discuss the pivotal role of infrastructure, like high-tensile electric fences, in supporting modern grazing methods and the communal aspects of pasture-based farming.
    Rounding off our discussion, Jared imparts invaluable insights into optimizing cattle genetics for grazing efficiency and soil health, including the quirky yet telling 'Soil Your Undies' test. We examine strategies like cornstalk grazing to cut winter feed costs and emphasize the significance of building strong relationships with landowners for grazing agreements. Plus, Jared divulges his go-to resources for anyone looking to start their own grazing operation and highlights the importance of embracing change in the agricultural landscape. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or new to the field, this episode is packed with practical advice and inspiring stories that will ignite your passion for the land and the animals that sustain us.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    e95. One Pastor's Journey to Regenerative Farming with Rob Dowdle

    e95. One Pastor's Journey to Regenerative Farming with Rob Dowdle

    Join us on the Grazing Grass podcast as we welcome Rob Dowdle, a seventh-generation farmer with a rich heritage in agriculture. Rob shares his transformation from a full-time pastor to a passionate steward of the land, managing a diverse range of livestock. Tune in as Rob recounts the evolution of his farming practices, from childhood experiences on a beef feeder operation to embracing the challenges and joys of animal husbandry, including raising pasture pigs and cattle. His dedication to regenerative farming and reconnecting his family with their agricultural roots offers a personal and engaging narrative that's sure to captivate anyone interested in the farming lifestyle.
    Listen in as we explore the practical aspects of farming with Rob, who delves into the nitty-gritty of pasture poultry and the economics of egg production versus meat birds. He shares valuable insights into the labor-intensive nature of managing egg layers and the decision-making that led to a pivot towards pastured pigs. The conversation takes a deep turn into the intricacies of livestock breeds, from the slower-growing, fatty Mangalitsas to the more traditional breeds favored by consumers. Rob's firsthand experiences with direct-to-consumer sales, managing farm infrastructure, and optimizing livestock for quality and marketability make this episode a treasure trove of farming wisdom.
    Our discussion culminates with a look at the innovative agricultural practices Rob employs on his farm. We cover the environmental and cost benefits of integrating cover crops like sorghum-sudangrass, the significant savings they provide, and the positive impact on soil health. Rob also introduces us to the world of beekeeping, revealing how honey bees have become a complementary and low-maintenance facet of his farm ecosystem. For anyone curious about regenerative agriculture, or seeking tips to enhance their farming journey, Rob's stories and advice are not to be missed. Don't forget to visit Dowdle Family Farms' website for more updates and insights into the delightful world of farming as told by a true practitioner of the craft.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    e94 Targeted Grazing with Lee Sexton

    e94 Targeted Grazing with Lee Sexton

    Join me as welecome Lee Sexton from Sexton Grazing and Consulting, who brings a wealth of knowledge on targeted grazing. In our enlightening chat, Lee shares his personal grazing journey, focusing on the nuances of managing yearling cattle. He also discusses his side business that leverages targeted grazing as a tool for soil enhancement and vegetation management. It's fascinating to hear how his grandchildren have become integral to the operation, cultivating their own grazier's eye under Lee's guidance, which stands as a testament to the value of hands-on learning in farming practices.
    Listen in as we venture into the pastoral world of sheep, cattle, and wool farming near Saskatoon, where our guest navigates the intricacies of rural agriculture. Lee recounts the strategic shifts his farm had to make, such as moving livestock and tackling the repercussions of the BSE crisis and droughts, through innovative solutions like silaging a neighbor's crop. We also touch upon the quirky benefits of royal taste buds -  having the Queen of England savor lamb from the farm. Additionally, Lee provides insight into the wool industry, sharing his experiences with wool breeds and reflecting on his time with the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers.
    In the final stretch of our conversation, we cover the art and science of training dogs and grazing animals, revealing the symbiosis between handlers and their canine companions. Lee imparts his experiences in working with different breeds and the practicalities of daily farm operations. We also graze over the topic of holistic management and the impactful learning journey that Lee embarked on with programs like Ranching for Profit. His commitment to continuous improvement and community contribution shines through as he discusses the ways in which he's leveraged social media to share his farming journey and connect with others seeking advice. Whether you're a seasoned farmer or just grazing the surface of agricultural knowledge, this episode is packed with insights that can help cultivate a more sustainable future for farming.

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    • 58 min
    e93. Following Your Taste Buds with Nathan Stucky

    e93. Following Your Taste Buds with Nathan Stucky

    Join me as I sit down with Nathan Stucky from Stucky Family Ranch for a fascinating look into the world of grass-fed beef farming. Nathan shares his journey from economics student to cattle rancher, detailing the establishment of his family-operated ranch and the humorous trials of treating a cow for pink eye. Listen in as we discuss the strategic decisions behind choosing the right cattle breeds for grass-fed Wagyu production and how the right genetic cocktail can yield both premium pricing and exceptional marbling.
    As we wander through the pastures of knowledge, Nathan and I tackle the technicalities of setting up solar-powered electric fencing and the importance of strategic breeding practices, including artificial insemination. Discover how choosing the right time to breed and calve can have significant economic impacts and why taste tests were crucial in selecting Wagyu as the breed of choice. Hear our experiences with remote-controlled energizers and why having calm cattle can make all the difference during breeding season.
    For those looking to step into the boots of a cattle farmer, this episode is packed with insights and advice. From understanding your land's resources to community engagement and defining your market strategy, we cover the essentials for newcomers to the industry. Nate from Stuckie Family Ranch also offers his contact for those eager to learn more about the cattle farming adventure. Whether you're a seasoned rancher or just curious about where your beef comes from, this episode promises a hearty serving of practical know-how and personal anecdotes from the field.
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    • 59 min
    e92. Rabbits were the Gateway Animal with Angela Boenisch

    e92. Rabbits were the Gateway Animal with Angela Boenisch

    Join me as I sit down with the multi-talented Angela Boenisch of Highview Pastures, and we explore her fascinating transition from urban life to the heart of agriculture. Listen in as Angela shares her rich farming narrative, from her roots in dairy and hog farming to her current diverse homestead bustling with meat goats, cattle, rabbits, and layers. We cover everything from the joys and challenges of scaling up her farming operations to the integration of livestock with vegetable CSA, and even delve into how Angela's son's passion for rabbits sparked a new business venture.
    In our engaging conversation, Angela and I also tackle the nuanced world of cattle breeding, highlighting the significance of temperament in farm management. Angela recounts her experiences with different breeds, such as the switch from Holstein-Angus crosses to more manageable lowlines, and the decision to move away from larger, aggressive breeds for the safety and ease of handling. Moreover, we discuss the importance of sustainable farming techniques, like summer slump bale grazing, and how Angela uses social media innovatively to market her farm products.
    Wrapping up our talk, Angela and I exchange insights on the resources that have shaped our farming philosophies, such as Gabe Brown's "Dirt to Soil," and the crucial role of learning from a variety of agricultural practices. Angela's candid sharing of the hurdles she faced, like domain name squatting for Highview Pastures, is a testament to the unpredictable yet rewarding nature of farming. Tune in for a dose of real-world farming advice and the opportunity to connect with Angela's journey at Highview Pastures.
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    • 1 hr 14 min

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