Summer Mornings on Solace Farm

Just thought I would share my morning …

…I am sitting in the warmth of the morning sun on my porch swing watching the dew drops glisten like stars on the vibrant green grass. A gentle breeze causes the verdant stalks to tremble every now and then as though shimmering in the ecstasy of birdsong that fills the air. It is these quiet moments that make the days glide by in spite of the hours of weeding and haying.

Life is good.

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Small Gardens Produce Big Results

Integrated Parasite Management Strategies for Sheep Producers

Webinar to Address Parasite Management   is the topic for the next American Sheep Industry Association-sponsored webinar. Dr. Andrew Weaver of North Carolina State University will lead the webinar on Tuesday at 8 p.m. eastern time.    “Parasites continue to be a significant challenge for sheep production across the country. The failure of dewormers to adequately treat parasite infections has resulted in the need for alternative parasite management strategies. Unfortunately, there is no single cure. Rather, an integrated approach is needed where multiple strategies are implemented for effective parasite control,” reads the webinar description.   “These strategies can include environment-based approaches as well as animal-based approaches. In this webinar, parasite biology and host-parasite interactions will be highlighted to provide context for parasite management. Discussion will follow on various parasite management strategies available and how they can be implemented in a sheep production system. A multifaceted approach to parasite management will be most successful in mitigating infection levels and improving sheep performance and well-being.”
Register for the Webinar

Sheep & Goat Handling System

So after wrangling sheep for nearly 30 years with the skill of a good Border Collie and the muscle of my sons, I decided to invest in a Sheep handling system to make the process a little less labor intensive. 

I did lots of research and talked to many shepherds and finally picked the system for me.  I am so excited to have my new Lakeland SG100 arriving next week!!!  This system includes:

Qty 1 –  (Working Chute and Crowding Tub w/ anti back-up gate and guillotine gate)

Qty 1 –  (Deluxe Spin Trim Chute w/ tires and hitch)

Stay tuned to see how we set it up and use it here on Solace Farm.  My Pa always said to work smarter not harder.

Assessing Soil Health on Grazing Lands Using a Shovel and a Knife

Posted on April 8, 2022

By Justin Morris, NCAT Regenerative Grazing Specialist

Did you know you can do a soil health assessment on your own pasture without having to send in soil samples to a laboratory? And this assessment costs only your time because it requires no special tools. Using the senses of sight, smell, and touch, along with very simple hand tools — a shovel and a knife — you can determine the health of the soil in your pasture in less than 30 minutes.

The goals of the pasture soil health assessment are to:

  • Become more familiar with the soil that supports the plants that feed your livestock
  • Determine the current state of soil health at the time of the assessment when compared to a nearby area of high soil health
  • Determine whether soil health is improving or worsening based on at least two assessments conducted in the same spot at two different time periods
  • Gain insight on whether past and/or current grazing management efforts are making a positive or negative change to soil health

I created a video to demonstrate how to conduct a soil heath assessment, where you’ll learn:

  • Where to conduct a soil health assessment
  • How to conduct a soil health assessment beginning with the condition of the soil surface
  • Indicators of good or poor soil health
  • How grazing management affects soil health

Click the play button below to watch the YouTube video on how to do the assessment. Have questions? Feel free to contact me at justinm@ncat.org or 406-494-8664.

Related ATTRA Resources: 

Soils & Compost

Soil Health 101: Principles for Livestock Production 

Soil Health 101: Cover Crops and Water Infiltration  

Soil Health 101: Grazing and Soil Health with Jody Reye

Other Resources: 

Soil for Water

This blog is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition

NCAT is presenting a free, four-part webinar series led by agriculture specialists Justin Morris and Lee Rinehart. Advanced Grazing for Regenerating Soil and Enhancing Animal Nutrition focuses on advanced concepts in taking regenerative grazing to the next level. Dates are April 21, May 12, May 26, and  June 9, 2022. Register for any or all sessions.

DATE 

May 12

TIME

5:00pm – 6:30pm (CDT)

photo of goats grazing on grass field
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TAGS

NCAT Free Livestock and Pasture

CATEGORIES

Sustainable Agriculture  

EVENT STATUS

Online

ORGANIZER

NCAT

(406) 494-4572

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