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The extreme heat cattle endured this past summer from soaring temperatures was a perfect example of potential water stress.

Dealing with livestock stressors

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

A happy cow is a healthy cow. I can’t remember the first time, but I have heard that saying many times over the years. On my ranch, I have found it very beneficial to keep the livestock as stress-free as possible. When we talk about animal stress, most people think about animal handling when processing […] Read more

To improve your operation’s profitability, run the numbers to see which profit centres work best for you in your environment.

What is custom grazing?

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Custom grazing is an arrangement or contract between two parties where a livestock owner pays grazing fees to another for the management of the animals on pasture. The custom grazier would have control of the land, manage the animals, and deal with water and fencing. The labour and equipment costs would be included in the […] Read more


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Kenyon: The job interview

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

GPR: Good Morning. Welcome to Greener Pastures Ranching. Thanks for taking the time to come in for this interview. AMF: Good morning. I was so excited to get your call. I’m sure you had a lot of resumés and a lot of great candidates apply for this job. GPR: We have multiple positions available so […] Read more



Sometimes it’s easier to talk with a coach when the going gets tough. Do you have a person in your life that you can turn to?

Riding the dragon

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

That sounds tough. All fire and brimstone, a knight in shining armour riding a beast into battle to rescue the princess. You can’t get more manly than that, right? I am that tough guy and I am proud to say that I have ridden “the dragon” many times. Let me explain. I grew up with […] Read more

Regeneratively grazing recycles nutrients to the soil.

It ain’t pretty

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

You may have heard me say this before. A monoculture is ugly, no matter how pretty it looks. This constant drive to manage monoculture cropping has us in a downward spiral of dead soils and added inputs. It is costing us dearly. Nature rarely relies on only one species in an environment. Even a hay […] Read more


When you have a lot of standing water on land you can bet you’ll have a lot of mosquitoes, and it’s hard to find a better control for these blood-sucking pests than the dragonfly.

Building biodiversity on agricultural lands

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Nature works in whole systems. There are millions of symbiotic relationships that coexist in a single ecosystem. Yet every ecosystem also interacts and relies on the other ecosystems around it. The aquatic ecosystem has a dynamic interaction with the riparian area ecosystem which interacts with the uplands ecosystem which relates to the woodland ecosystem. We […] Read more

Winter water for livestock

Winter water for livestock

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

We have our fair share of drastic weather here in Alberta. In our environment, we can have temperature swings of about 85 C between winter and summer. I have seen a 45-degree shift in a single day. It went from 10 C and dropped to -35 C overnight. These temperature swings are a lot harder […] Read more


“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle.

Mind-blowing moments

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I have been asked numerous times, “Where did you get your education from?” My response is always, “Academia does not have a monopoly on knowledge.” Just to clear the air, I do not have a university degree, but here I am, teaching about agriculture. My working knowledge on regenerative agriculture has come from the hundreds […] Read more