I just came across this nice little article about Holistic Management practitioners Connie Smith and Brian Chrisp in Alberta Canada. Here’s an excerpt from the article, written by Karen Morrison and published in the Western Producer
This warm day, Chrisp shows off animals grazing belly deep in grass and pastures with a dense trash cover.
“When looking at the grasses in pastures, it goes without saying it’s working,” said Smith, who was raised on a grain farm near Govan, Sask.
Chrisp owns eight quarters and rents another seven quarters of pasture for the 150 purebred cows he keeps on abundant stands of grass. He winters about 350, buying most of his feed, and sells purebred bulls at a sale in April each year.
“There’s no crop farmer in me. I love grass and cattle,” said Chrisp, who has also taught farm management and cow-calf production at nearby Lakeland College.
“I like cows rather than tractor operations.”
He adopted holistic management practices, including shorter grazing periods and longer rest periods, to better manage grass and extend the grazing season.
“I have grass stands that were seeded in 1983 still productive,” said Chrisp.
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