15. Cold Turkey For Regenerative Agriculture

In this episode of The Grazing Grass podcast, Cal talks with August Horstmann of Hortsmann Cattle Company. With deep roots for a first-generation regenerative agriculturist, August Horstmann went cold turkey on old practices as he implemented regenerative practices. It hasn’t been an easy journey, as each success was met with the wrong steps. However, he is noticing changes especially in his profitability.

  • [01:11] – About August and his operation
  • [05:39] – The YouTube university!
  • [06:15] – Getting engaged in regenerative agriculture
  • [07:39] – Keeping the bulls on grain- a prescription from university
  • [08:31] – The breed of cows he has
  • [09:35] – The kind of livestock his dad and grandpa used to have
  • [12:40] – About the commercial Angus cows, he has
  • [15:24] – The key part of their regenerative story
  • [16:48] – Grazing the cattle
  • [19:34] – Breeding the south poll heifers
  • [20:40] – The kind of forage he has
  • [21:53] – Utilizing adaptive grazing with varying stock densities
  • [24:03] – The equipment he uses for rotational groups
  • [25:49] – Experimenting with pastured pork
  • [26:44] – The grazing operation of his hogs
  • [30:07] – About his chicken wagon
  • [32:31] – The kind of forage he has
  • [34:19] – The watering system he has
  • [36:30] – The kind of charger he is using
  • [38:12] – His favorite grazing grass related book
  • [41:56] – Advice to the new farmers
Books mentioned:
  • Comeback Farms by Greg Judy
  • Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown
  • No Risk Ranching by Greg Judy
  • Nourishment by Fred Provenza
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