A tree crop revolution for hogs and poultry

A tree crop revolution for hogs and poultry

Let’s just say it how it is: pastured hog and poultry rearing have a big problem. Both are dependent on expensive inputs of annual feed crops, and are not yet living up to their full regenerative potential. A sort of grazing renaissance has taken place over the past...
The best pasture in the country

The best pasture in the country

It may come as a surprise to you that the most productive, best pasture in the country is not on some rich flat soil in the middle of Iowa, nor in the fertile rolling hills of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Rather, the best pasture in all of the United States may just...
Silvopasture and hunting: a match made in heaven

Silvopasture and hunting: a match made in heaven

I had the chance back in February of 2021 to be interviewed by Cal Hardage for the Grazing Grass podcast. Before we got into the interview proper, we were talking about leasing nearby land for grazing, and some of the opportunities Cal was pursuing. There was a nearby...
What’s it worth? Shade for your pasture

What’s it worth? Shade for your pasture

When I lay out the benefits of silvopasture to a producer, I like to highlight four key goals: Shade, shelter (windbreak), summer fodder and winter feed. There are other benefits of course, like nitrogen fixation, cycling of nutrients from deep underground, increased...
What am I giving up? Shade and forage production

What am I giving up? Shade and forage production

If you plant trees in a pasture, you can kiss your sweet, lush, beautiful forages goodbye. Or so the fear goes. When talking about trees and pastures (which I tend to do a lot), there is one main hesitation that comes up again and again: “Won’t that hurt my forage...