EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! GREG QUITS!

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! GREG QUITS!

As of Sept 4, 2009, Greg quit his job of 30 years.

This has been a plan for sometime. We have worked hard so that he could quit after 3o years. Now he will have time to do the many things that just get pushed to the back burner or so I hope. It has been hard to plan talks and farm tour around our jobs. It will be strange for him to see the cattle during the daylight hours this coming winter.

Now that Greg has quit his town job, he has not been home that much. You are wondering why? He is been giving more farm tours, more talks and consulting. We now charge for the farm tours. To set up a farm tour, speaking engagement, and/or farm consulting, you can contact us by email.

So you can still contact him through the web site or use his new email

gtjudyhighdensity@live.com

We are now working on Jan's exit from her town job!

 

 

 

Posted: 2009-09-04


Reader Comments

Congratulations on your "retirement"!! I have 10 years 4 mos. to reach my 30 year goal. It is great to see someone able to leave their "day job" to pursue their passion, and I think that you have are doing just that. Hope to see you in the basketball state finals again this year. Kevin

Kevin Roberts

I have a question. First of all I love your books, easy to read and understand. Now for the question. We are looking to buy an 80 acre farm in Northwest Arkansas. 50 acres of pasture and the rest in woods. Having a hard time trying to figure out what the land is worth. We live in Arizona. It is immaculately kept, has a 1300square foot house on it with a 20 X 80 foot barn, two ponds and all fenced. How do we figure out what it is actually worth, they are asking $285,000 for it. Thanks for you help.

Carolyn Kelley

Greg, Great to hear about your going full-time. At the conference we attended here in Oklahoma you mentioned some fence posts that you sell that were similar to the powerflex posts. Do you still sell these? How much are you asking for them? Thanks

Brian Russell

I just read Comeback Farms and am very excited about your method of pasture raised cattle. My husband and I just moved to his family's 40 acre farm in Minnesota. Currently the land is rented and is planted with corn or soybeans. In a few years when we take over the farm, we want to convert it to pasture and raise either buffalo or cattle. We are looking for info on how to convert former grain fields to pasture quickly and efficiently, would your method using cattle work here, or is there some work we need to do first before we start grazing animals? I was also wondering if the Southpoll Teddy Gentry bred would be a good breed for our harsh MN winters? Thanks, Corrine Lanz

Corrine Lanz

Corrine, To convert cropland to pasture is not a quick process. First of all you are dealing with sterile land that has been tilled, sprayed with herbicdes and fungicides, exposed soil, no earthworms, no organic matter, no natural fertility. Basically you are starting from ground zero. So be patient when you begin the journey. You must make a home for microbes and earthworms on your soil and they will come. To get soil life started you may need to start unrolling hay, hauling in any type of organic matter that you can get your hands on. The more carbon that you can get trampled on the ground and stirred by the cows hooves, the quicker you will have grass. This is by far the cheapest way to convert cropland to pasture. One word of warning on your first year or so, when it rains for extended periods on newly converted pasture from cropland, they will pug(deep hoof prints) the pasture. The reason they pug the ground is that there is no sod with deep roots established yet to hold up the heavy animals when it gets soft. South Polls should not be used any further north than Iowa is the rule of thumb. Having said that, we have some South Polls in the Utah mountains that see some very bitter winters and come through the winter fat as ticks eating sparse clumps of stuff that they call grass!!

greg judy

Hi, Greg! My husband and I have read many of your books and articles and have patterned our grassfed Red Angus Beef operation after your MIG techniques. We have a 50 acre ranch, about 18 is woods, the rest pasture. Our soils hold a lot of moisure in the winter and my husband is afraid the cows will over pug the wetter portions of pasture. Should we buy hay as insurance for winter feeding? This is our first year in the business. Thanks for your advice. Patti, Lonoke, AR

Patti Mcswain

We keep 14 days of hay for insurance during the winter for ice storms which makes it tough for livestock to dig through the ice. Pugging is an issue if you leave them on the wet area for longer than 12 hours. We have mudded some paddocks in the past in 12 hours, but they recover nicely with in 90 days. Sometimes the mudded areas are better than they were previously, more diversity of plants. In other words the mob of livestock exposed some new seeds in the seed bank that previously had no chance of coming up. Remember, pugging and compaction is a function of how long the animals are exposed to an area. Keep them moving in wet periods.

Greg Judy