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Partisanship Starts When People Stop Thinking

Partisanship Starts When People Stop Thinking

Important to remember what its all for.     I like talking politics, but before you strike up a political conversation with me, be warned; if you say three or four things in a row that line up neatly with the fissures of modern American […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part… I lost track.

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part… I lost track.

For most people, water flows downhill, but on our ranch I make it flow uphill. Twice a day. Ok, fine, I don’t know how much I have to do with it. But water does flow uphill twice a day. This is because even though we […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part V

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part V

In order to successfully to mimic nature, we need to look to nature. But not just any old nature, a really natural nature. That is why we are continuing our look at the grazing ecosystem of the Serengeti. That is what comes naturally to me. […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part IV

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part IV

It is Newton’s laws that have changed history more than the ideas of any other person. At least, that’s what I ‘m going to say this week. I might say something different next week. No one seems to argue with me so maybe next week […]

Serengeti grazing lessons Part III

Serengeti grazing lessons Part III

As a rule, so far in our history, when we humans try to do natural, we end up doing a different kind of artificial. For us ranchers that can break down a few different ways. Sometimes when we set out to do something natural as […]

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part II

Serengeti Grazing Lessons Part II

Modern problems are the result of complex ideas. The solutions to modern problems will come largely from simple ideas. I was in middle school when I came across the simple idea, forwarded mostly by Allan Savory, that we can solve several problems at once by […]

Nature Geeks and Eco-Grazers, Rejoice.

Nature Geeks and Eco-Grazers, Rejoice.

  You only know that you are on the path to truth, god, reality, or whatever you want to call it, when your ideas are challenged. In this age of political polarization, whether left or right, there are a hundred people trying to tell the […]

The Real Thing Limiting the Spread of Low Stress Livestock Handling (or How I Stopped Caring if the Cattle were Stressed)

The Real Thing Limiting the Spread of Low Stress Livestock Handling (or How I Stopped Caring if the Cattle were Stressed)

As time goes on, I find myself caring less and less about the stress of my livestock and more and more about my own stress. I’m sorry. That’s just how it goes. I think that means I have become a real rancher. Back when I […]

All Grazing Methods are Wrong

All Grazing Methods are Wrong

There are a lot of people telling ranchers how to be more eco. I think they are almost all… not quite right. Often the people who want to change ranchers lose sight of the forest for the trees. As someone who is constantly running into […]

Tall Grass Biodiversity Depression Forever

Tall Grass Biodiversity Depression Forever

Its easy to tell the world how it is and not listen when it tries to correct you. Science is a method for testing our ideas about reality and a system for accumulating and sharing that information. I think I was well into my twenties […]