Hay and Forage Grower
They’re not your grandpa’s oats.
Graze is a print magazine that is devoted to promoting management-intensive rotational grazing and family-scale livestock farms.
Each of our 10 annual issues is packed with moneymaking ideas from real grazing farmers and ranchers who make their livings from the land. If you want to start a livestock farm or ranch, if you are looking to reduce costs and labor, if you’re organic-certified or thinking of transitioning to organic, if you want to launch or improve a direct-marketing effort—then Graze is for you. On this site you will find a sampling of articles from the print magazine. In order to see the full content, you can order a subscription and/or back issues.
Mission: At Graze, we take a common-sense approach to grazing management and achieving life and business success on grass-based farms. We practice what we preach, grazing sheep and dairy heifers on our small farm in southern Wisconsin since 1992. We also market grass-finished lamb and spinning wool directly to customers. Our philosophy with Graze is fairly simple: Let those who do the grazing do the talking. Over the years, we’ve found that success in grass-based livestock agriculture can be achieved at varying sizes and with a variety of management styles. Some of our readers raise animals entirely on grass and forages, while others feed some grain. There are no magic formulas for success, so we allow working farmers to air as many ideas as possible, and let our readers judge for themselves. We do tap the knowledge of a few non-farming advisors who understand grazing and the tremendous potential it offers for these rapidly changing times. But when it comes down to it, Graze is about farmers talking to farmers. We’ve found that our readers like it that way, and we hope you’ll join them. Sincerely, Joel and Ruth McNair
Hay and Forage Grower
They’re not your grandpa’s oats.
Getting the most from pastures requires managing grazing patterns
If grazing patterns go unmanaged, cattle will overgraze their preferred grasses and create patches prone to weeds.
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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
In an article featured as part of an in-depth series on the impact of dairy farming in Wisconsin, Joe Tomandl, III discusses why grazing-based dairy makes the industry stronger while benefiting rural communities. Good read!
If you want to get more out of your pasture, and you want your animals to look better and do better, this is the way to go. http://onpasture.com/2017/08/28/utah-rancher-is-sold-on-rotational-grazing/
Here’s why timing dictates grass-feeding success.
Grasses contain more potentially digestible fiber than legumes, but they need to be harvested early to capture the benefit in milk production. Whether in pure stands or in alfalfa-grass mixes . . .
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Small farm stands tall | Graze magazine
I spend most of my time writing about graziers with “all-grass” mindsets who want to milk scores of cows through swing parlors and the like.
Do you want to dairy?
How does a person who is long on desire, will, and motivation but short on capital enter the dairy business?Often it is by working on an established farm, but without a clear path to someday own,Grazing
Learning Ways To Strengthen The Bottom Line - Case Studies - Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
Nate Peplinski’s former experiences as a conventional dairy producer give him a discerning eye for differences in production systems. Now, from Paul Onan and Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship he has learned ways to strengthen dairying’s “economic denominator.”
Can we really regenerate our soils? | Graze magazine
Can we really regenerate our soils? January 1, 2017 GRAZING MANAGEMENT This grazing and cover crop system is producing some impressive numbers By Gabe Brown Phone calls, emails and even a few old-fashioned letters — all say the same thing. As I travel presenting at conferences and workshops, the sta...
Aftercare tips for the newborn calf
The first few hours in a calf’s life are absolutely critical to their long term performance in health status and production. Given the stress on the calf during the birthing process and the system shock of entering the outside world here are a few things you can do to help. Breathing From the begi...
Organic needs to do what people think we’re doing | Graze magazine
Organic needs to do what people think we’re doing June 1, 2007 ORGANIC By Jim Munsch — There is an ongoing struggle within organic dairy about the direction of the industry’s production and business models. The debate seems to center on whether or not the details of systems to produce milk should be...
Grass-fed beef: What’s possible, what isn’t | Graze magazine
Grass-fed beef: What’s possible, what isn’t April 1, 2006 BEEF By Tom Wrchota, Omro, Wisconsin — Most of conventional agriculture treats productivity as the be-all, end-all for financially successful farming. Productivity is nothing more than measuring inputs and outputs, such as how many pounds of…
Well-fed, no grain organic Holsteins | Graze magazine
Well-fed, no grain organic Holsteins February 1, 2006 ORGANIC Chetek, Wisconsin — Cheyenne Christianson has a simple answer for grazing-based, organic dairy producers besieged by escalating costs for purchased grain. Don’t feed any. While he doesn’t recommend that everyone follow his route, Cheyenne...
Where farmers and oil connect | Graze magazine
Where farmers and oil connect January 1, 2006 RURAL ISSUES By David Kline, Fredricksburg, Ohio — The past week I have been mulling 1874 sketches of two farms in Sangamon County, Illinois. Maurice Telleen, founder and editor emeritus of Draft Horse Journal, sent them to me along with these words, “Wh...
A start-up dairy model for the future | Graze magazine
A start-up dairy model for the future October 1, 2005 DAIRY With an innovative approach, extension agent walks his talk Kieler, Wisconsin—There are lots of people within the grazing community who talk about the need to help young people get into the game. Larry Tranel happens to be one of those wh...
Stockpiled winter grazing leads to more grass ... more cash
Multi-paddock intensive grazing lets ranchers cash in on one of their most profitable enterprises: stockpiled winter grazing.
Opitz on grazing: Keeping up with spring grass | Graze magazine
Opitz on grazing: Keeping up with spring grass April 1, 2004 GRAZING MANAGEMENT Spring pasture management may be the most difficult task in farming. The weather is so variable that a management tactic based on calendar dates and specific strategies that worked last year may fail miserably this year....
The Radtkes are more than willing to address any question you may have about their dairy start-up.
We made the front page of Graze. We received a few emails saying we were in it, but until you see it... well, you never know what to expect. In our region, Graze is the bible publication for grazers.
There is one error in the story... The article states we are part owners of the Trust. That is wrong - we only rent from it.
Different ‘grass-fed’ beef categories require differing strategies | Graze magazine
Different ‘grass-fed’ beef categories require differing strategies February 1, 2004 BEEF By Tom Wrchota, Omro, Wisconsin — Ever since living and working in Costa Rica back in the early 1970s, I have greatly enjoyed the taste, smell, and texture of “properly” raised and prepared grass-fed beef. Once…
Musing on Dad’s mistakes | Graze magazine
Musing on Dad’s mistakes December 1, 2003 RURAL ISSUES By Jim Van Der Pol, Kerkhoven, Minnesota — I was raised to farming. Most of my “indoctrination” was carried out by my father. He truly believed that he who could farm certainly would, and that others would just have to be satisfied with a lesser...
Year-round, Corn Belt grazing | Graze magazine
Year-round, Corn Belt grazing December 1, 2003 BEEF Cliff Schuette employs annuals and fescue in 12-month beef grazing program Breese, Illinois — “If you’re paying for the ground year-round, you might as well try to graze it year-round.” While Cliff Schuette’s rationale may be sound, this grass-fa...
Managing for birds … and profit | Graze magazine
Managing for birds … and profit November 1, 2003 GRAZING MANAGEMENT By Laura Paine, Portage, Wisconsin — One of the small pleasures of grass farming is watching and listening to the songbirds that share our farms in spring and summer. Grassland songbirds don’t do anything for the bottom line, but th...
Fall is for rebuilding ewe body condition | Graze magazine
Fall is for rebuilding ewe body condition October 1, 2003 SHEEP By Janet McNally, Hinckley, Minnesota — How you manage your ewes between September 1 and November 1 will make or break next year’s lamb crop. Once winter weather sets in, outwintered ewes seem to be challenged to gain any further weight...
Time-lapse of pastured chicken getting set-up for the day.
Moving day for the chickens. #pasturedpoultry #rotationalgrazing #mobilecoop #pasturedeggs #chickens
Features from the Farm: Winter wheat, winter rye for forage...
Throughout history, farmers have sought to improve yield and productivity of the land they farm. One method is to double-crop, or grow two crops in the same season. In warmer climates, farmers often raise a crop of soybeans and corn or some other combination of crops within one year. In the northern...
One farm’s experience with the Salatin model | Graze magazine
One farm’s experience with the Salatin model August 1, 2003 BEEF A look at Forks Farm’s 11 years of ‘grass-fed’ direct sales By Ruth Tonachel, Orangeville, Pennsylvania — It is a “Market Day” Saturday at Forks Farm, and there is clearly more than business transactions taking place. Todd Hopkins and…
Bending the conventional rules to produce quality grass-fed beef
Oddball cowboy practices August 1, 2003 BEEF Bending the conventional rules to produce quality grass-fed beef By Tom Wrchota, Omro, Wisconsin — When Susan and I set out 11 years ago to establish a sustainable farm enterprise, we developed some simple goals relating to work enjoyment and profitabilit...
It all comes down to flavor | Graze magazine
It all comes down to flavor June 1, 2003 DAIRY Grazier/cheese champ Mike Gingrich sees big market potential for the unique taste of grass-fed cheese Dodgeville, Wisconsin —Three years after making his first vat of “grass-fed” cheese for commercial sale, Mike Gingrich has garnered two major, national...
One way to maximize dry matter intake | Graze magazine
One way to maximize dry matter intake May 1, 2003 DAIRY By Dan Vosberg, South Wayne, Wisconsin — One of the biggest mistakes many beginning graziers make is to leave their cows a little hungry. The cows aren’t accustomed to grazing, and the pastures are usually not up to speed. I’ve also seen some c...
Graze is a print magazine that is devoted to promoting management-intensive rotational grazing and family-scale livestock farms. Each of our 10 annual issues is packed with moneymaking ideas from real grazing farmers and ranchers who make their livings from the land. If you want to start a livestock farm or ranch, if you are looking to reduce costs and labor, if you’re organic-certified or thinking of transitioning to organic, if you want to launch or improve a direct-marketing effort—then Graze is for you.
Small farm stands tall | Graze magazine
Small farm stands tall February 1, 2003 DAIRY Belleville, Wisconsin — I spend most of my time writing about graziers with “all-grass” mindsets who want to milk scores of cows through swing parlors and the like. But I must admit that if I had a Top 10 list of most admired dairy graziers, on it would…
The ABCs of streambank grazing | Graze magazine
The ABCs of streambank grazing March 1, 2002 GRAZING MANAGEMENT Ralph Lentz promotes the benefits of mixing cows and creeks Lake City, Minnesota — To Ralph Lentz, the answer to the question of whether stream banks should be grazed is as simple as A-B-C. In Ralph’s case, the cliché is literally true,...
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Setting up the gestating sow system | Graze magazine
Setting up the gestating sow system May 1, 2001 HOGS By Jim Van Der Pol, Kerkhoven, Minnesota — Hogs fit on grass farms: It is up to the grazier to decide how. In our combination crop and livestock farm, the hogs are a better market than the elevator for the field crops. Hogs also provide a good bal...
Intake more important than quality | Graze magazine
Intake more important than quality April 1, 2001 GRAZING MANAGEMENT And other thoughts from 20 years of grazing research Jim Gerrish has learned a thing or two about grazing during some 20 years of poking around pastures. For many years Gerrish has been the lead researcher at the University of Misso...
The art of grazing | Graze magazine
The art of grazing December 1, 2000 GRAZING MANAGEMENT No one produces milk cheaper and easier than Art Thicke. No one ignores grazing fads more than Art Thicke. Is there a link here? Art Thicke believes that too many graziers have lost sight of what really makes grazing work La Crescent, Minnesota…
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One-shot rations come north | Graze magazine
One-shot rations come north August 1, 2002 DAIRY Glenn Moyer finds high-fiber feed aids milk production, profits and labor efficiency Mercersburg, Pennsylvania — Profits, both per-cow and total farm, are way up at Cove Mountain Farm, the American Farmland Trust’s dairy grazing showcase for the North...
You, too, can have a parlor | Graze magazine
You, too, can have a parlor April 1, 2001 DAIRY He’s planned them. He’s built them. He’s milked in them. Vance Haugen thinks you should consider a low-cost milking parlor. By Vance Haugen, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin — Whether you manage 20 cows or 200 – and whether you graze your cows or not – New…
Premiums welcomed, but not required | Graze magazine
Premiums welcomed, but not required October 1, 2014 DAIRY, GRAZING MANAGEMENT David just thinks A2 and no-grain are the most ‘ethical’ ways to make milk Random Lake, Wisconsin – The future of alternative dairy might well be on display on a small organic farm operated by a maverick 70-year old with a...
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