Getting Started With PastureMap

Nov 13, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by CK Wisniewski posted in regenerative agriculture, stocking rate, grazing management, cattle, grazing planning, record keeping

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Get on the right track with PastureMap's basic features and functionality by following this getting started guide. Use this guide to help get your ranch boundaries, team and herds started. 

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How John Coleman Locke achieved a stocking density of 100,000 lbs/acre moving cattle 12 times a day without moving fence

Nov 4, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by CK Wisniewski posted in ranchers, stocking rate, grazing management

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PastureMap Launches Forage Forecasting and Scenario Planning

Jul 10, 2019 2:01:06 PM / by Christine Su posted in future of tech, product, stocking rate, pasture, grazing management, cattle, grazing planning, record keeping

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2019 has seen the biggest winter storms on record, a remarkably late spring, even snow in May - and we’re only halfway through the year. Looking ahead into the future, the only constant we can expect is change.

That's why we're excited to announce PastureMap's Forage Forecasting and Scenario Planning features. So you can make big decisions during the grazing season, backed by smart data

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Grassfed Exchange 2019: Regeneration Rising in less than a week!

Mar 29, 2019 4:15:50 PM / by Christine Su posted in grassfed exchange, new farmers and ranchers, regeneration rising, regenerative agriculture, stocking rate, grazing management, grazing planning, record keeping

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I can't believe it's time to welcome 450 producers to Santa Rosa for Grassfed Exchange 2019: Regeneration Rising in less than a week. As co-chair of the conference, I've been dreaming, planning, and anticipating for a full year. Here are the sessions I'm most excited about:

Our breakout session with Dave Pratt and Deborah Clark on Friday. Real talk on losing millions, pulling out of disaster, and make-or-break decisions that drive ranch profitability.

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5 ranch management best practices from profitable ranch businesses

Feb 22, 2019 4:08:26 PM / by Christine Su posted in Practical Tips, ranchers, stocking rate, pasture, grazing management, cattle

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I sat down to nerd out with Clay at Working Cows Podcast last week. We talked about what we're seeing at PastureMap from the ranch businesses we serve. I shared a few of the best ranch management practices that we're seeing from the ranches that we serve. 

Now it's an unseasonably cold winter (albeit nothing compared to the Midwest) and I was a little sniffly to start. But be forewarned - when I get warmed up, I talk fast! :)

Click here to listen to PastureMap on the Working Cows Podcast.

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How Birdwell & Clark Ranch doubled stocking rate to 5000 cattle with 2 employees

Feb 7, 2019 2:12:47 PM / by Christine Su posted in ranchers, stocking rate, grazing management, cattle

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Husband and wife team Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark manage 5,000 head of stocker cattle in a single herd on the historic 14,200 acre Birdwell and Clark Ranch in north central Texas. Through Holistic Management and adaptive grazing planning, they’ve achieved a stocking rate nearly twice the average for their area and greatly improved soil quality, species diversity, water quality and pasture productivity on the ranch.

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How to Use a Grazing Chart

Feb 5, 2019 5:07:47 PM / by Christine Su posted in stocking rate, pasture, grazing management, cattle, grazing planning

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When it comes to planning for next grazing season, having a grazing plan is critical preparation. Everyone can benefit from grazing planning. You don't have to be a adaptive grazing expert to use a grazing chart. 

But getting started with a grazing planning chart can be an intimidating project. If you're planning a grazing chart for the first time, all the cells to fill in with ADAs, ADs, rest periods, AUs can get your head spinning before you even begin. 

A grazing chart is a living document. It's not a set-it-and-forget-it one time deal. Use the grazing chart as a guiding tool to think through key grazing decisions before cattle hit your pastures, and to make decisions during the season. This is the most powerful part of a grazing chart! 

Use the grazing chart effectively, and it will make you better at grazing management every step of the way. 

Five steps to planning with a grazing chart

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How to Calculate Stocking Rate and Carrying Capacity

Jan 31, 2019 3:09:42 PM / by Christine Su posted in stocking rate, pasture, grazing management, cattle, grazing planning

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When it comes to grazing management, the basic questions are always the same. How many cattle to stock? What's my stocking rate and carrying capacity on these pastures?

Many producers have been running a set stocking rate for years and never think about their stocking rate or carrying capacity. But when you start doing adaptive grazing or planning on a grazing chart for the first time, the grazing math can quickly feel complicated.

You might wonder: How long should I graze cattle in each pasture? How do I measure carrying capacity in adaptive grazing? What is an AUM? What is a Stock Day/Acre (SDA)? Is it the same as an Animal Unit (AU)? SDAs, AUs, ADAs....all these acronyms can be confusing. 

Grazing management is a function of grass, cows, and time. Whether you're rotational grazing, trying out adaptive grazing, or into management intensive grazing, the basic grazing math is very similar.

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How to Estimate Pasture Inventory

Jan 30, 2019 3:45:13 PM / by Christine Su posted in ranchers, stocking rate, pasture, grazing management

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How do I know how much forage I've actually got on my pastures? What should my stocking rate be? How do I estimate my carrying capacity?

While recording a pasture inventory is quick and easy in PastureMap, actually estimating the available forage inventory per acre or calculate carrying capacity for each of your pastures might seem a little more complicated. Here are four ways to estimate available forage inventory, ranging from a quick estimate to an exact measurement.

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