32. Nick Rodgers – Veteran to First Generation Grass Farmer

In this episode of The Grazing Grass Podcast, Cal talks with Nick Rodgers of Red Leg Farms. We discuss his grass journey as a first-generation farmer and how he’s managing his Highland cattle and hair sheep. For the Overgrazing Section, we dive into his livestock guardian animals! (You’ll be surprised!)

  • [00:47] – About Nick and his operation
  • [04:00] – Dealing with the problem of coyotes
  • [06:45] – The location of his farm
  • [07:42] – The pasture available in Michigan
  • [11:18] – The reason he started with Highland cattle
  • [13:46] – The kind of fencing he has on his pastures
  • [15:54] – Managing the cattle on leased land
  • [18:22] – His technique of unrolling the hay
  • [19:40] – How to eliminate goldenrod from the pasture
  • [22:30] – Why he introduced sheep to the cattle
  • [24:18] – About his Barbados Blackbelly sheep
  • [26:07] – His marketing strategy with the sheep
  • [27:56] – His watering system
  • [29:45] – About his custom blend forest plan
  • [33:40] – His plan of introducing pasture pigs to the livestock
  • [35:23] – Nick’s future vision for his farm
  • [38:51] – The Overgrazing Section – Using Highlands as livestock guardian animals
  • [42:24] – Bonding the cattle with the sheep
  • [46:55] – His favorite grazing grass related book
  • [50:14] – His advice to new farmers
  • [51:42] – The story behind the name of his farm

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Books/Resources Mentioned:

  • How to Think Like a Grazier by Greg Judy
  • Salad Bar Beef by Joel Salatin

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