10. Making More With 2 Cows Than 100 Cows

In this episode of The Grazing Grass podcast, Cal talks with Michelle Lancaster of Spirited Rose Farm about dairy cows, planting alfalfa, breeds of sheep and wool production. Michelle and her husband Jay, operate Spirited Rose Farm in Eastern Washington. On their small farm, they demonstrate how to use regenerative practices no matter your farm size.

  • [01:23] – About Michelle and her operation
  • [02:16] – Why did they choose Jersey breed cows
  • [03:31] – The climate in Eastern Washington
  • [05:38] – Elevation of their location
  • [05:56] – Kind of forage present there
  • [09:15] – Planting Alfalfa
  • [11:44] – Grazing on Alfalfa
  • [13:26] – How often they are rotating the cows
  • [15:24] – Grazing the sheep
  • [17:10] – The kind of paddock fencing they have
  • [17:47] – Don’t chase the running cows!
  • [18:29] – Keeping cows in permanent paddocks in winter
  • [19:19] – About the Gallagher aluminum wire, that they have
  • [20:04] – The energizer that they are running on their electric fence
  • [22:32] – The automatic watering system they have
  • [23:55] – Why did they choose the English Leicester breed
  • [26:57] – Why did they stop having pigs
  • [28:28] – Being more sustainable on the farm
  • [30:27] – The problem of mulching and fertilizing with leftover grass
  • [31:21] – Michelle’s favorite grazing grass related book
  • [33:55] – Advice to new farmers
Books mentioned:
  • Managing Pasture by Dale Strickler
  • The Art and Science of Grazing by Sarah Flack
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