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Friday, June 6,2014

Pasture Management

by Wayne Burleson
Handsdown, growing soils is the foundation of good pasture management. I have learned that from the experimentation we have tried in our humanitarian food gardening efforts around the world. The more time we spend improving the soils, the less time spent fighting weeds, sick and diseased plants.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Pasture Management

Pasture walking for solutions

by Wayne Burleson
You would think that I know a lot about how to measure grassland health, but I’m still learning. I attribute this to Allan Savory (the founder of holistic management). Allan is one of those rare individuals who challenges your thinking, and about the time that you think you have it all figured out, you find out you don’t.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Pasture Management

How best to graze springtime pastures

by Wayne Burleson
Last year we had a chance to visit Joel’s farm located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. At that time he was on daily moves, made handy by poly-wire fencing. He followed each move with his “Egg Mobile” where a few hundred laying hens spread his manure around and remove the bugs.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Pasture management: mistakes to avoid when grazing livestock

by Wayne Burleson
A while back, I wrote a very popular article “The 17 Mistakes to Avoid when Building an Electric Fence.” This article was a list of actual mistakes I had made. This fencing article went somewhat viral and it still gets hits on the internet. Why? I guess it’s the popularity of telling people what mistakes you made so that they can avoid them.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Pasture Management

by Wayne Burleson
When I was young and just starting out in agriculture with a few purebred horned Hereford cows, I paid very close attention to the cows, but did not concern myself at all about the health of my soils. Soils were just something that my cows walked on. Little did I know… Now roll the calendar ahead 50 years—a half century— and wow, I am a slow learner.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Pasture Management

American rangeland and pasture management

by Wayne Burleson
It is a pleasure to be back at WLJ writing about one of my favorite subjects: American rangeland and pasture management. To be sure, this massive land mass is one of Americans’ most prestigious resources. There are several reasons for this statement. First off, pasturelands account for 25 percent of the U.

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