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What personality style fits you, and why am I a dragonfly? Read on.

Why I need nerds

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

“Delineate in specificity the phantasmagorical conglomeration in your intellectual cranium vacancy.” This was a quote that I memorized in Grade 9. I can still spout it off at any time if I need to end a conversation. It was a quote from Maclean’s magazine, relaying what one politician said to another. If you are not […] Read more

The cow is a big part of ranching, but she is only a part of it.

The mobile hotel

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

If you own your own business, you know one of the most difficult tasks is acquiring and holding onto good employees. We all know that it’s important to provide desirable working conditions to keep employees happy. We try our best here at Greener Pastures Ranching, but there is one other aspect that we work on […] Read more


‘It is not about adding fertility, it is about building biology.’ – Steve Kenyon.

Building biology

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

I was asked to speak at a nutrient management conference last month and once again, I was the odd man out. It was not unexpected, I usually am. Regenerative agriculture has a long way to go in our big business world of industrial agriculture. The majority of the speakers there had letters behind their names […] Read more

Kenyon: Beware the metabolic welfare state

Be prepared to commit when moving from grass-fed toward grain-fed

Grass-fed vs. grain-fed is a never-ending debate in the cattle industry and I have heard many different arguments on both sides. I will try to stay neutral in this article because I think that the natural biology of the rumen has a lot to say about the topic. As you know, I try to follow […] Read more


Kenyon: ‘Shoo, Fly Guy!’

This was one of my favourite children’s story books that I used to read to my son. It was about a boy and his fly friend. His name was Fly Guy. They had many adventures together and we enjoyed the series a great deal. They were written by Ted Arnold. My point? Flies can be […] Read more

Leaving crop residue and building soil through root growth ensures that rain won’t immediately hit exposed soil.

Water is our most important nutrient

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed the increased flooding around the globe? Am I the only one who notices the increasing number of droughts? My local area, according to government data, has had seven droughts in the last 11 years. We also had people kayaking in the grocery store parking lot a […] Read more


For a farm business to be repeatable, it needs to be both economic and financially stable.

Is your farm repeatable?

From the Ground Up with Steve Kenyon

Here is a typical family farm operation: Mom and Dad have been farming for years and are looking at turning the operation over to the next generation. The farm is paid for and now they would like to retire and sell that to the next generation. We all know there are plenty of human resource […] Read more

Red velvet mites are one of a whole host of predator insects that protect our crops and cattle, if we protect them.

Let’s talk about sex

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

Our agriculture industry is based on reproduction. Livestock need to reproduce and plants need to reproduce. It’s what we do. It’s pretty simple, right? In livestock production, we spend a great deal of time and money on genetics. Which bull to buy, which heifers to keep, and which cows to cull. (The same is true for all […] Read more


In a well managed pasture, dung beetles can help reduce methane emissions.

Dung beetles make the best employees

Grazing with Steve Kenyon

This is how we roll. Or maybe we dig, or just hang out, but no matter how we work, we work really hard. We have a really crappy job and I would like to tell you a little bit about us. We are known as scarab beetles, commonly called dung beetles. We have a very important job […] Read more

One way to lower depreciation in your herd is to establish a long-term genetic plan.

Calculating livestock appreciation and depreciation

News Roundup from the February 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Most farmers understand depreciation, right? When you buy a new pickup, it depreciates rather quickly once you drive it off the lot. Your tractor will depreciate over time as well as the rest of your equipment. Your accountant will depreciate your assets each year in your books. Pretty straightforward, but there are a few places where […] Read more