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South African holistic management specialist Ian Mitchell-Innes discussed management tactics with a group of Manitoba producers last month.

Focus on nutrition will also help pastures

World-renowned holistic management specialist says green is not the only right colour for grass

Many graziers have a theory that if you look after the soil, the rest of the operation will take care of itself, but Ian Mitchell-Innes looks at it the other way around. “The biggest mistake that people make after learning about holistic management is they try and save the ground. I did this also when […] Read more

Portable electric fencing is all you need for mob grazing, but there are a number of factors to consider when building a permanent fence.

Making electric fence installation easier

Thanks to better technology, electric fences aren’t as prone to breakages, fires, and shorts — but improper installation is costly

Although it’s arguably the most basic structure on almost any farm or ranch, building a fence can come with a surprising number of decisions in terms of placement and materials. Add electricity to the mix and producers are faced with even more complexity. The good news is that technology has improved dramatically since the days […] Read more


Grazing management is your best – and cheapest – pasture input

Grazing management can produce significant pasture health 
and productivity increases without breaking the bank


I’ve been studying and practising grazing management for more than two decades and have always been intrigued by how it allows you to increase pasture productivity with few other inputs. At times, I’ve resorted to adding nitrogen fertilizer, spreading pig manure, harrowing, and clipping thistles. For some pastures, it seemed like the only thing to […] Read more