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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 "Famo ...
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A podcast book club focusing on regenerative and grass related books. Each season features a new book with an introductory episode followed by weekly reading discussions. By reading 10 pages per day, we can increase our grazing knowledge!
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On this podcast, we interview farmers and ranchers who aren't afraid to think for themselves and do things a little bit differently. Because of this they have experienced more enjoyable and more profitable businesses.
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The Working Cows podcast gives you something to think about as you seek to maximize the effectiveness of your cattle operation and the joy your family receives from this lifestyle.
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Cal is a fellow grazing podcaster and farmer/rancher from Oklahoma. We discuss his career and how he's shifted to a low input, grazing management focused grass farmer and has found success in doing that! Resources Mentioned: No Risk Ranching - Greg Judy Noble Research Institute Working Cows Podcast Ranching Reboot Herd Quitter Podcast Just a Few Ac…
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Cal Hardage, Host of the Grazing Grass Podcast, joined me to discuss his operation, his podcast, and how he and his dad go about making changes on their operation. We discuss the importance of patience and open-mindedness as well as the advantages and challenges of ranching in Northeast Oklahoma. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head…
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From the rolling hills of southeast Nebraska, Doug Ferguson, also known as Mr. Cattlemaster, joins us to discuss the transformative strategies that turned his cattle passion into a seven-figure stocker operation. Doug's narrative isn't just a tale of success; it's a playbook for resilience and innovation in the face of societal pressure and market …
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John Haskell of Ranch Right joined me to discuss the philosophy and practice behind managing tax burden. We talk about the importance of getting this right as well as some considerations when increasing profitability of a struggling business. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation …
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If you are a cattle guy, please don't skip past this episode when I mention that todays guest is a goat producer from Iowa. Adam Ledvina shares how goats can be extremely profitable on acres that cattle and even sheep can't fully utilize on steep slopes with overgrown woods, brush and weeds! He explains how he has developed a low input profitable g…
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Today, Rachelle Meyer of The Mindful Farmers and Wholesome Family Farms joins me to take a look at the interweaving of regenerative farming practices, family life, and personal growth. Rachelle shares her journey from nursing to the hands-on world of farming, illuminating the significant role that community engagement and savvy marketing play in th…
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Logan Pribbeno of the Wine Glass Ranch joined me to discuss the journey they have been on to follow the cattle cycle. After missing the opportunity presented by the market high of 2014 Logan and his dad made a concerted effort to be prepared the next time a market high presented itself. It has been a long journey and we talk about some of the lesso…
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Listen in as I share the inspiration behind my latest discussion on the Lasater Philosophy of Cattle Raising, a methodology deeply rooted in my livestock upbringing and influenced by Allen Williams' insights from the Herd Quitter podcast. We walk through the foundational principles of cattle breeding, emphasizing the crucial role of disposition and…
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Join us as we welcome Clay Conry from the Working Cows podcast to share his unexpected journey from having a tepid interest in ranching to managing a thriving agricultural enterprise. Clay opens up about the evolution of his perspective, detailing the transition to embracing the industry and the steps he's taken to optimize forage on his quarter-se…
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Bret Davis, of Horsemanship as an Art, joined me to talk about his philosophy for keeping his young family mounted on good horses they can trust. We discuss his views on training kids to ride as well as somethings maybe you shouldn’t do. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today…
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Noah and his family have a diversified farming operation running 180 cow/calf pairs, several hundred hogs for Niman Ranch, feedlot beef and crops. They do a great job integrating livestock with the cropping enterprise through getting cattle out on the land, or diversifying their crop rotation and putting those harder to market grains through pigs o…
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Alejandro Carillo joined me to talk about the journey they have been on from 250 cows with 6 months of supplemental feeding to running 500 cows with only sea salt as a supplement during one of the worst droughts in recent memory. We discuss the process of infrastructure development as well as the roll of good genetics. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor,…
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On today's episode, I dive into the equipment I use for fencing on my farm. Follow us on social media! Website: https://grazinggrass.com/ Facebook: Grazing Grass Podcast Instagram: @grazinggrass Twitter: @grazing_grass Affiliate links: Riverside - Create professional-quality podcast episodes with ease using Riverside's seamless recording and editin…
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Join me as I sit down with Evan Gunthorp of Gunthorpe Farms to peel back the layers of regenerative livestock production and processing. Our engaging dialogue journeys through the intricacies of managing a multi-species grazing system sans cattle, touching on the delicate dance of pigs, turkeys, sheep, and ducks, all choreographed under the regener…
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Rachelle and her family are crushing it at life and farming down in Southeast Minnesota! Rachelle talks about how they manage to run a dairy farm, 500 goats, 800 sheep, stocker cattle, run a direct market business and raise a family with 7 kids! If you want to see more, check out their youtube at wholesome family farms on youtube! Resources Mention…
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Join me as I discuss five things learned from the first one hundred episodes of the Grazing Grass Podcast. Follow us on social media! Website: https://grazinggrass.com/ Facebook: Grazing Grass Podcast Instagram: @grazinggrass Twitter: @grazing_grass Affiliate links: Riverside - Create professional-quality podcast episodes with ease using Riverside'…
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Join us as we celebrate a milestone with the 100th episode of the Grazing Grass Podcast, where we extend a warm thank you to our loyal listeners and embrace the future with a new episode format. Listen in as we unpack the critical role of observation in successful grazing management with none other than the renowned Jim Gerrish. From his early days…
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Brian Dougherty has been writing a series of articles on the Understanding Ag website regarding managing nutrients. The series deals with carbon cycling as well as how nutrient mismanagement is affecting water quality. We talk about what healthy alternatives look like as well as how to get from where we are to where we need to be. Thanks to our Stu…
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Allen and I discuss how important epigenetic selection is for building an adapted herd of livestock for your farm or ranch. It's when you have a properly adapted herd that you can reduce inputs and significantly improve business profits! We talk about how his cost of production per cow is significantly below national averages. If you are looking to…
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Cooper Hibbard of Sieben Land and Live Stock joined me to discuss the journey they have been on to develop a composite that fits their environment in the Gallatin Valley of Montana. We discuss the process of introducing new breeds into the already existing composite as well as some of the things they keep an eye to see if they are moving in the rig…
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Join us as we welcome the passionate Bodie Willmot, a Queensland farmer who's turning his dream into reality through regenerative farming. Listen in as Bode shares his journey to innovative regenerative practices, inspired by the likes of Gabe Brown and Allan Savory. Bodie's story isn't just about farming; it's a tale of resilience and adaptability…
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Ariel and I discuss her journey to her current ranch in New Mexico. We talk about the differences in the regions and production models they've experienced. How they logistically manage a ranch over tens of thousands of acres and managed a ranch 700+ miles away in another state! Lots to learn from her awesome experience! Resources Mentioned: Quivira…
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Join us on a journey with Russ as he narrates his inspiring transition from conventional dairy farming to the rich pastures of regenerative agriculture. Listen in as he shares the pivotal moments that sparked his move towards rotational grazing, reducing inputs, and ultimately transforming his Northwestern Pennsylvania farm into a beacon of sustain…
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Clayton Marxer, Host of the newly minted, Living Western podcast joined me to discuss his motivations for starting the podcast. We talk about what makes him uniquely qualified to host this podcast as well as some of his dream guests. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sp…
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Aaron has an awesome story of finding a way to build a first generation farm capable of supporting his family! He shares his story in this episode with lots of bits of wisdom we can all benefit from! Resources Mentioned:Executive Link and Ranching for ProfitSell/buy marketing schoolsKnowledge Rich Ranching - Allan NationThoughts and Advice from an …
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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 inspire…
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Ryan White, Founder of SnapLands, joined me to talk about how SnapLands is helping people measure what matters. He shares his own personal journey from an urban context to the expansive landscapes of the west. He also shares some stories of ranchers who have defended their right to continue managing landscapes through the data they have collected. …
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Dr. Richard Watson started a grazing dairy business in 2007 which has since expanded to 3 sites totaling over 2000 acres with a capacity to milk over 2500 cows. He is now working on developing a milk processing facility to vertically integrate his business to capture the premium that his grazing model offers but has so far been challenging to captu…
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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 …
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Kim Barmann, Eric Fuchs, and Doug Voss, board members of the Soil Health Academy, joined me to discuss how the program is constructed and what schools they will be offering this year. We talk about their programs like Battlefields to Fertile Fields as well as what financial assistance is available for those interested in attending. Thanks to our St…
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Kit Pharo has built an incredibly successful ranch and seedstock business as one of the top ten in the seedstock 100 for several years in a row and serving thousands of customers over several decades! I asked Kit to share with me some of his reflections on that experience and what he sees as important traits and actions for somebody who wishes to b…
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I was privileged to be the Master of Ceremonies at the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition’s Soil Health Conference. As part of those duties, I was able to moderate a panel discussion with Glenn Elzinga, Jay Fuhrer, Cooper Hibbard and Zack Smith. This was a great wide-ranging discussion with some audience Question and Answer at the end. Thanks to ou…
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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 o…
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Fortunate to have the opportunity to have a collaborative podcast with Jared Knock and Justin Fruechte, hosts of the Roots and Ruminats podcast. We discuss everything from our respective operations, to managing diverse farms, farm succession, improved perennials vs. natives vs. annuals and so much more! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door…
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David Bahnsen is the Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer for the Bahnsen Group where he oversees the management of over $4.5 billion in client assets. He joined me to discuss his new book Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life. We discuss how understanding our creation helps us to understand the true meaning behind our work. Th…
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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 vegeta…
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Glenn Elzinga a rancher from Idaho joined me to discuss their business model and how it helps them do the best things for the land, the people, and the bottom line. We discuss how they paid nearly $500,000 in labor costs as well as what Glenn has been learning about cows in their environment. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head ove…
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Will Harris is one of those guys who pioneered much of regenerative agriculture, direct to consumer marketing, vertical integration on the family farm level and so much more! It's an honor to get to share some of what he's learned with you through these conversations. You can hear more of his story on episode 55 or better yet buy his new book "A Bo…
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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 …
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Dr. Shawn Baker joined me to discuss what ranchers can do to help win the war on food. We discuss topics including the role of the Beef Check-off, regulatory capture, and the nuts and bolts of the carnivore diet. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sponsors: South Dakota …
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Stories like Drews are some of my favorite to share on this podcast! Drew didn't grow up on a family ranch, but over the course of the last 15 years or so has built up a successful grazing business which he now does full time and purchased several hundred acres in northern Missouri. To sign up for Wally Olson's online sell/buy marketing class go to…
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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 laye…
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Gage Iverson is a rancher who has successfully grazed his cowherd all winter long for several years in a row in an environment where so many think it's not possible! Take a listen as we discuss his experience, what it's done to improve profitability and his tips for somebody wanting to do the same thing! Check out Barn2Door at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.barn2door.c…
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Zack Smith, inventor of the StockCropping, joined me to discuss the results after the fourth season of stockcropping. This is the second time he has stockcropped those acres and they are seeing some incredible advantages in terms of profitability and yield. However, challenges still remain and they have decided to pivot the focus of The StockCroppe…
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Join me as I welcome Jordan Meyer to the Grazing Grass Podcast for a fascinating exploration of his farming evolution from conventional dairy to a holistic, grass-fed approach. Listen in as Jordan shares his journey, starting on his family's dairy farm and leading to the establishment of Wholesome Family Farms, where he and his wife now manage a di…
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Jeremy Engh a rancher from Virginia and member of the Red Devon USA board joined me to discuss the history of Devon cattle in America. We also discuss the upcoming World Red Devon Congress Tour coming this Spring. Thanks to our Studio Sponsor, Understanding Ag! Head over to UnderstandingAg.com to book your consultation today! Sponsor: Farming Witho…
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For many, when they look at the economics of their cow/calf enterprise and see the lack of profitability, their assumption is that the cow/calf business is not for them. Dallas shares that the average cow/calf producer is not profitable, however, top producers have found it to be incredibly profitable. So we discuss how to improve the profitability…
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Join me as we explore the pastoral symphony of grass-based dairy farming with Suzanne Karreman from Reverence Farms. Our conversation unfolds the harmonious blend of compassion and innovation on Suzanne's family-run operation, nestled in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We unravel the tapestry of their unique dairy practices, where 80 Jersey cows th…
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Ryan and his family have decided to make the shift from cow/calf to stockers to improve the profitability of their Montana ranch and they are jumping all in! He talks about the why, the how, and so much more in this conversation! Resources Mentioned: Dirt to Soil - Gabe Brown Ranching for Profit Herd Quitter Podcast Working Cows Podcast Ranching Re…
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