Chelsea Green Publishing

Kick the Hay Habit

Pages:224 pages
Size: 6 x 9 inch
Publisher:Green Park Press
Paperback: 9780972159746
Pub. Date January 15, 2010

Kick the Hay Habit

A Practical Guide to Year-Around Grazing

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January 15, 2010

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With today’s management systems, the cost of making hay far exceeds its value to grazing businesses. Studies have shown that winter feed costs are the largest single factor limiting the profitability for most livestock operations. In virtually every area of the USA, year-around grazing—without hay—is possible, yet many graziers continue making hay.

Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide To Year-Around Grazing by Jim Gerrish will show you how much it really costs to produce a ton of hay. He explains how to use nature as your guide for low-cost winter grazing; how to conduct a pasture inventory; how to select the optimal breeding and birthing seasons; how to custom design your own winter forage system; and how to make the transition from hay feeding to grazing.

Wouldn’t you rather spend your time monitoring pastures and moving livestock than making hay?

Both the beginner and the experienced grazier will benefit from Kick the Hay Habit. Gerrish shares his personal experiences as a grazier in Missouri and Idaho as well as insights he gained as a researcher at the University of Missouri’s Forage Systems Research Center. As a grazing consultant he has helped farmers and ranchers throughout North and South America.

Wouldn’t you rather Kick the Hay Habit, dump the heavy metal, and start collecting the profits?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Gerrish

Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing service to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across the USA and internationally. He currently lives in the Pahsimeroi Valley in central Idaho.

He received a BS in Agronomy from the University of Illinois and MS in Crop Ecology from University of Kentucky. He spent over 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri where his research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided the foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing.

He has written a regular monthly column in The Stockman Grass-Farmer magazine for over 15 years and authored two books on grazing and ranch management, Management-intensive Grazing: The Grassroots of Grass Farming and Kick the Hay Habit: A Practical Guide To Year-Around Grazing.

His research and outreach efforts have been recognized with awards from the American Forage and Grassland Council, Missouri Forage and Grassland Council, National Center for Appropriate Technology, USDA-NRCS, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Progressive Farmer, and American Agricultural Editors Association.

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“I like to say that when you buy an acre of land you get 43,500 square feet of solar panel. When you start thinking about your farm in these terms, the importance of having every acre covered with green, growing grass becomes apparent,” Jim Gerrish writes.

Gerrish coined the phrase Management-intensive Grazing (MiG), putting the emphasis on management of the growth of the grass. The animals are merely harvesters, like lawnmowers. In Management-intensive Grazing, The Grassroots of Grass Farming, he uses vivid images and detailed explanations to take graziers step-by-step through the MiG system.

Written for those new to MiG grazing, Gerrish’s insights and personal experience can help experienced graziers fine tune their grazing operations for added income. He begins from the ground up with the soil and advances through the management of pastures and animals, and covers how to manage the water cycle; how to work with legumes; how to stockpile forages for low cost wintering; how to plan and utilize permanent and perimeter fencing; and how to use pasture weaning for health and weight gain.

Gerrish’s lively chapters explain how to make pasture fertility pay; the power of stock density; how to match forage supply with animal demand; how to judge maximum intake of forage; and how using pasture records offers information, not just data.

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