Wednesday, July 09, 2014

TBF 071 :: Guardian Dogs, Rotational Grazing, Agricultural Degrees, Updates, and a Hard Lesson

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10462941_898984883462803_4552403669173984344_nHow do you know it's time to rotate the cows? Can an agriculture business degree be helpful to the independent farmer? Are Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs good with kids and family? Those great questions (and more details) came in from listeners (all The Beginning Farmer Show listeners are awesome blossom) over the past week. Below you'll find some links related to each of the topics that I touch on in today's episode. Plus, if you listen to the show you'll get to hear me ramble (because I'm a bit stressed) about the county fair. More on that next week ... 

:: Livestock Guardian Dogs ::
:: Rotational Grazing ::
  • Geared Reel for Polywire - In my mind a must have for rotational grazing.
  • Polywire for Rotational Grazing - Holds up in the weather fairly well and is easy to set-up and take-down. I don't have any connection with Powerflex other than I like their poly wire.
  • Grass-Fed Cattle by Julius Ruechel - One of many books that helped shape my rotational grazing ideals.
  • All Flesh is Grass by Gene Logsdon - My favorite farming author and small-scale implementation.
  • Quality Pasture by Allan Nation - If you want to get serious then get this book!
  • Comeback Farms by Greg Judy - In my mind this is the best plan out there if you want to follow a plan.
:: Agriculture Economics ::
  • I wish I had some great links on this topic, but I don't ... What are our thoughts? How can having a degree in Agriculture Economics degree benefit the independent small farmer?
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1 comment:

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Agriculture Economics...yeah..lots out there for the big guys not so much for us independent guys and gals. But I do highly recommend GRAZE magazine. The editor Joel printed an article I wrote about the cost of producing raw milk, because no one else had or wanted to share those numbers.

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