Timely Tips – September 2021

Big Spring Farm Pasture Walk   My annual pasture walk is Thursday, October 14, from 10 am ct till about 3 pm. I’m finishing cattle, sheep, and hogs for direct marketing now, so we’ll look at what it takes to produce high-quality forage for finishing animals. This...

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June 2021 Timely Tips – Adaptive Grazing Management

Any quick search on Google or YouTube with the mention of grazing is enough to send you down an rabbit hole that can easily cause confusion and frustration as you try to plan your grazing management for summer pastures.  Here are some of the different types of grazing...

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Hay Feeding Strategies

  Spring Hay Feeding I wanted to send out a Timely Tips to encourage everyone to feed hay a little longer in the spring to let the grass get a good start. Spring grass is washy with high water content and some hay fed along with it helps to slow the rate of...

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Frost Seeding Legumes

When it comes to frost seeding, all you need is a good honeycomb freeze (a shown in the above photo) and an electric seeder on a 4-wheeler. This cold snap we’re experiencing is a perfect time for frost seeding.  A layer of snow will help you to see your tracks and...

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2020 Pasture Walk at Big Springs Farm

This year’s pasture walk will be held on October 16 at 10 AM central time. Every pasture walk, for the past 21 years, has been a great success because every event has been energized by the people who attend, discuss, question, and brainstorm. We expect this year’s pasture walk to be a time to convene […]

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The Evolution of a Multi-Species Grazing Operation

The Goal of Big Spring Farm:  "An easily managed, low input grazing operation that improves production and the environment while being consistently profitable” Greg Brann.   Brief History of Big Spring Farm 2005:  The Big Spring Farm is named for a boiling cold...

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Monthly Browse Management For Goats

This is a timeless, indispensable resource that I put together a few years back for  NRCS and Gallahger Fence. This calendar helps you to prioritize your  grazing and forage management tasks for goats.  With so many components within the wholistic management schedule,...

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Monthly Grazing and Browse Management for Sheep and Goat

This is a timeless, indispensable resource that I put together a few years back for  NRCS and Gallahger Fence. This calendar helps you to prioritize your  grazing and forage management tasks for sheep and goats.  With so many components within the wholistic management...

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Monthly Grazing Management for Cattle

This is a timeless, indispensable resource that I put together a few years back for  NRCS and Gallahger Fence. This calendar helps you to prioritize your  grazing and forage management tasks for cattle.  With so many components within the wholistic management...

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Fencing for Serious Graziers

Electric fencing offers two major advantages over other types of fencing. One is cost. The cost to install a four-strand, barbed-wire fence is about $5,000 per mile. The cost to install a typical, single-wire, electric fence is about $1,600 per mile. If necessary,...

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