Jim Gerrish

Jim
Gerrish
Articles
The tail that wags the dog
Sometimes we need to forget what everyone tells us and, in the context of the broader world, look at things through different eyes. I think the beef industry's
Fall calving with tall fescue
Spring may not seem the right time to be thinking about the virtues of fall calving, but if you live in the tall-fescue zone of the U.S., you should be
Five Steps To Winter Feed Savings
Whether you're out feeding in the cold or just looking out your window at cows eating hay at a cost of $2/cow/day, it should be a wake-up call for all of us. With out-of-control
Five Steps To Winter Savings
Whether you're out feeding in the cold or just looking out your window at cows eating hay at a cost of $2/cow/day, it should be a wake-up call for all
Grazier: Defining stocking rate and stock density
I've found that a number of cattlemen and other livestock producers really don't understand the difference between stocking rate and stock density. Some tend to use the terms interchangeably, though they're actually two very different concepts, with very different effects on the pasture-livestock system
Stock water and winter grazing
Providing stock water on winter pastures is one of the ongoing challenges of a year-round grazing program. Many cattlemen feel they don't have the water
Grazier: The Value of Education
A lot of farm and ranch kids growing up in the '70s and '80s were told by their parents to “get an education” and find a better job than farming or ranching. Lack of profitability and too much daily drudgery drove most of my generation off the farms and ranches where they grew up.
Wildlife-Friendly Fencing Can Eliminate Headaches
Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have a love-hate relationship with wildlife. For many ranch families, one of the perks is viewing wildlife sharing pastures and range with their livestock. On the other hand, several hundred over-wintering elk can eat up a lot of forage meant to take your cows through the winter. Then there's the headache of fence maintenance after the elk herd passes through
Wildlife-friendly fencing
Farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have a love-hate relationship with wildlife. For many ranch families, one of the perks is seeing wildlife, from big
The value of education
A lot of farm and ranch kids growing up in the '70s and '80s were told by their parents to get an education and find a better job than farming or ranching.
Manage your pasture's N cycle
My April issue column discussed how effectively pastures can run on legume nitrogen (N) alone. While legumes can put quite a bit of N into the pasture
Can legume nitrogen do it alone?
The question of whether pasture can run on legume nitrogen (N) alone always arises when fertilizer prices increase, as is the case today
Get ready for spring
Even if snow still covers your pastures, it's time to think about readying your pastures for spring. Spring is always a busy season on the ranch, so it's best to plan
Swath grazing
Swath grazing is becoming an increasingly popular way of feeding cattle during winter months on the Northern Plains and in the Canadian Prairie Provinces
Fixed or flexible grazing cells?
When it comes to designing Management-intensive Grazing (MiG) systems, every farm or ranch is different. Every producer has a different set of goals,

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