June 2017 Issue PDF

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The Acres U.S.A. June 2017 issue; Vol. 47, No. 6; contains the following:


Where’s the (Grass-Fed) Beef?
by Will Winter, D.V.M.
Demand for grass-fed beef continues to rise, and many farmers are looking to cash in. Minnesota farmer Will Winter shares 10 keys to transforming land into profitable pasture.

Holistic Planned Grazing
by Abbey & Spencer Smith
Managing holistically makes work easier (fighting nature is hard and expensive), produces greater profits and creates an abundant ecosystem. Learn how to maximize forage production and livestock gains with HPG.

Adding Cover Crops to a Livestock Venture
by Denice Rackley
Cover crops used as forage can provide quality nutrition for livestock at the exact times of year when it can be most beneficial.

Pasture Maintenance
by Robert L. Kinkead, D.V.M.
Grazier Doc Kinkead illustrates the benefits of clip and mow vs. roll and drag for healthy pastures.

Finding Balance
by Francesca Camillo
Michael and Karma Glos of Kingbird Farm let land health, scale and animal welfare dictate their production — resulting in a diverse, regenerative system.

Sabbatical Fallowing for Healthy Soil
John King
Benefits from sabbatical fallow include healthier soil life, improved waterholding capacity, porosity and tilth and deeper and greater root density.

Livestock as Guide
by Andrew French
Wisconsin farmer Andrew French shares five lessons he has learned and embraced from raising pastured pigs.

Interview: Judith Schwartz: Modern Water Wisdom
Author Judith Schwartz examines holistic water management and livestock impact on global health.



View from the Country

Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Profits Over People
In pursuit of more from less, the industrial model was adopted. Cows became animal units, spring calving became an every month event and cows grew larger and larger through genetic selection for higher production at the cost of the health of the animals.

The Harvest Table: Not Just for Pandas
Some landowners consider bamboo a nuisance, but it has many uses and offers a bevy of benefits.

Stock & Flock: Weaning Pastured Piglets
Jodi Cronauer of White Bison Farm shares important considerations for weaning success.

Small-Scale Success: Beyond the Bale
Consider low-maintenance hay bale gardening as an alternative to traditional raised-bed growing.

Reviews & Recommendations
From in-depth book reviews to innovative websites and beyond, here are our picks.




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