e58. Grazing on the Wild Side with Christina Traeger

In this episode, Christina Traeger of Rolling Hills Cattle Company shares her journey as a grass farmer from central Minnesota, raising British white cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry on a grass-based operation. She discusses regenerative farming and innovative livestock management, including the processes of rotational grazing and bale grazing, which she has successfully implemented on her farm. Christina also talks about her experience raising unique Mangalitsa pigs and the challenges of running a farm as a single mom to three kids. She also touches on her experience with grazing cattle on DNR leased land and the positive impact it has on wildlife.

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e56. Turning Bedrock into Thriving Grazing Land with Claudia Kaelin

In this episode, Claudia Kaelin shares her experiences raising cattle, goats, and turkeys on Fossil Ridge Farms in Canada, detailing the challenges of grazing on bedrock and the importance of forage utilization. She also discusses the regulations and quotas Canadian farmers must adhere to and the importance of bridging the gap between consumers and their food sources, the personable nature of turkeys, and her experiences with full-blood Limousin cattle. Additionally, Claudia shares invaluable advice on working deliberately, understanding the dangers of moving parts, and taking extra precautions when working with animals.

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e53. Racing to Greener Pastures with Taylor Moyer

In this episode, Taylor Moyer, owner of Ridgeview Land and Cattle, shares his journey in agriculture and innovative cattle management while balancing his career in NASCAR. From observing the land before making changes to utilizing technology for automation and monitoring, Taylor discusses his approach to rotational grazing, cattle herd development, and artificial insemination. They also explore the benefits of bale grazing for regenerating farm ground and the importance of networking and advocating for agriculture through social media. Tune in for a fascinating conversation on farming, business, and the passion for a rural lifestyle.

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e52. Adapting Ranching Practices for a Sustainable Future with Brian Alexander

In this episode, we dive deep into the world of ranching, exploring topics such as the evolution of ranching practices, managing drought risk, custom grazing, adapting cattle to changing environments, and marketing cow-calf operations direct to consumers. I speak with Brian, a rancher from South Central Kansas, about his journey and experiences in the industry. We touch upon the importance of preserving water resources, the use of solar wells, the benefits of Corriente cattle, and the value of connecting directly with consumers. We also discuss the potential of using platforms like Hipcamp and LandTrust to generate income from ranch properties and the importance of rural community outreach. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of ranching and the creative solutions ranchers must implement to ensure their business remains viable during difficult times.

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e51. The Regen Ranch Story: A Holistic Approach to Sustainable and Profitable Livestock Management with Christine Martin

In this episode, Christine Martin shared her journey from homesteading to operating the Regen Ranch in East Texas. She discusses how her health issues led her to clean up her diet and start producing her own food. Christine also talks about holistic management, which helped her shift from homesteading to running a profitable ranch. She shares her experience with managing livestock, parasite loads, and proper infrastructure, as well as using turkeys to mitigate parasite load in sheep. In addition, Christine discusses direct-to-consumer marketing strategies for selling sheep and turkey products, focusing on farmers’ markets and online shipping. She also touched on the concept of planned grazing, which allows for better recovery and management of the land.

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e49. Regenerative Farming and Livestock Management at Greenacres Foundation with Leevi Stump

In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Leevi Stump, Livestock Manager at Greenacres Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. We discussed the regenerative farming practices they use at Greenacres, including raising a variety of livestock such as grass-fed and finished beef and sheep, pasture-raised chickens and turkeys, and heritage pigs. We explored the benefits of using smaller breed genetics like Aberdeen Angus for grass-fed and finished cattle operations, as well as the importance of rotational grazing and avoiding herbicides and pesticides for overall soil health and ecology. We also delved into the management and integration of various livestock species on the farm, such as integrating sheep into the cattle herd, creating a “flerd,” and the potential benefits of parasite control and protection from predators. Additionally, we discussed the process of raising meat birds on pasture, ensuring their health and wellbeing through the use of chicken tractors and diverse diets. We also touched on their turkey operation, focusing on the broad-breasted bronze breed, and the growth of their pig enterprise. Finally, we explored the use of pigs on the farm to disrupt and root up invasive honeysuckle in wooded areas, improving the overall quality of the land for other livestock species. We also highlighted various resources and books related to grazing and regenerative farming, emphasizing the importance of time management, creating a game plan, and having a supportive team in the farming industry. Join me as I learn more about Greenacres and their incredible work in regenerative farming practices and livestock management.

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e47. Turfgrass Manager turned Regenerative Farmer with Jared Kerst

In this episode of The Grazing Grass Podcast, Cal talks with Jared Kerst of Lazy K at Rivendell Farms. We discuss his journey from turfgrass manager to regenerative grass farmer. Among the topics discussed are grazing alfalfa, daytime moves, garlic, and selling beef.

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e46. From Row Crops to Cattle and Poultry with Ethon Pawlaczyk

In this episode of The Grazing Grass Podcast, Cal talks with Ethon Pawlaczyk of Black Swamp Cattle Company. We discuss his journey from row crops to grass based cattle and poultry. We also discuss free choice minerals and he recommends a new book to the pod.

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e45. Multiple Species Grass Farm and Internships with Jesse Straight

In this episode of The Grazing Grass Podcast, Cal talks with Jesse Straight of Whiffle Tree farm. We discuss his multiple livestock species and how he got started.  Also, we take a deep dive into the internships that are available on his farm.   

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e44. Getting Started on Ten Acres with Calahan Maynard

In this episode of The Grazing Grass Podcast, Cal talks with Calahan Maynard! Calahan and his family are new to raising grass finished beef. They have ten acres and have purchased a few calves. We discuss getting started, rotational grazing, and other aspects of just starting out.

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