Check all experience and education that apply to you and your farming partnersFarm/Crop management (over 3 years), General farming (over 3 years)
Briefly describe your current occupation(s) and responsibilities and list previous agricultural employment and experiences. If you are currently farming or ranching, please state the size, type(s), and location of the operation.We are currently grazing a few cows and seasonally we run a hand full of stockers all here in Missoula county. During the growing season we graze the cattle using MIG (Management intensive grazing) moving the cattle at least once a day. Over the years we have really come to see the benefits, but we are always learning and seeking new ways to improve. I have a full time off farm job, working for a general contractor here in Missoula. My father is retired and together we graze the cattle.
CountiesLake, Missoula, Ravalli
Acreage11-40, 41-100, 101-500
Type of OperationHay & Forage, Large Animal (cattle, sheep, goats), Small Animal (pigs, rabbits, poultry), Dairy, Vegetable, Fruit/Orchard
Farming PracticesConventional, Organic, Other
Please elaborate on the type(s) of agricultural operation you plan on running.We plan on growing our cow herd, and graze some stockers seasonally.
Elaborate on the farming practices you plan on using.We aspire to a more holistic practice in the way we raise our livestock. With the cattle we simulate the mobing and moving of the bison on the range. But instead of wolves we use electric fence and our management. We have seen how the pasture thrives by grazing it at the appropriate time and fully recover before grazing it again. Our approach has so many additional benefits, from parasite control for the cattle to increase wildlife habitat. It’s good for the land, it’s good for the people, and good for the community.
Transition ArrangementsLease, Open to other arrangements
If you are interested in another type of business arrangement, please explainI’m open to other ideas, contact me and we can talk.
Please elaborate on the kind of additional training/information that would help you:Any and all information and training is always happily received. Everyday we learn something new.