Bob Anders

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Shenandoah Valley, VA
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The smaller ones just need more time to grow. Most people want them a little bigger than a quarter.
4 years ago
1. 18' long, 5' high, and 6' wide
2. water 2 or 3 times a week
3. I flip a third of the pile to the other side 2 or 3 times a week.
5 years ago
I have 12 books in print. I have 1 book at the printer and will print on Monday. Next year I plan on putting out 3 informational books, a cook book, and am updating the second book I published.

The book at the printer is 180 pages, soft cover, perfect bind, 5,000 copies for right under $21,200 shipped. It will cost about $4.24 a book to print and will sell them for $12.99 a book + flat rate box shipping. I have 982 preordered right now. Once I ship the preorders I will start email all my costumers about the new book. With in the next few weeks I will order a second run of 15,000 books.

After all the cost for printing, bar-codes, editing, copyrighting, website, and the other junk I will have to sell about 2,400 books before it will make me any money from the first printing.

I would rather self publish than sell it to a publisher. I do end up putting up a lot of money and risk of not selling, but I also make more from each book I sell.

The first few book I wrote I sold around 4,000 in the first year. The last 2 books that have been out for a year have sold over 18,000 copies each. For me after the first 2 years I don't as many copies, but there still selling. I did put 6 of my older books on amazon last year and got a lot of sales from it.
5 years ago
A lot of time rippers are used to get under the hard pan. The hard pan will happen are different depths depending on soil structures. My fields hard pan between 12 and 16” most of the time; I have a lower field that hard pans at about 8”. I have been told in some states the hard pan is around 20 to 30".

The rippers that are used around us are mostly 2 shank (centered at the tractor tires) and they will have a small wing or a ball and chain. The wing will lift the lower layer of soil leaving an air space and will fracture more of the hard pan if the wing is under the hard pan. Not many people use the old ball and chain, but it will leave a air space and if the ball is under the hard pan it will also fracture the hard pan.

When ripping it's best to rip at a 45* angle of the row crops or to the direction of traffic. This is leave less compaction to the the hard pan that was fractured when driving on the fields.

There are also rippers that are used in no or low tilling, but most of the time they will be used with other tools. With no till the rippers are set to about 3” and will be about 3 to 5” apart. Most of the time disks will be on the same frame as the rippers and sometimes other stuff to get ready of a seed drill.
5 years ago
To me that is not a ripper. The curved metal will spring and not rip.

A ripper would have hardened steel shanks that go into the ground. Different designs need different HP to use and are made for different types of soil.
5 years ago

Fabrizia Annunziata wrote:Regarding the smoked garlic and onion. Is that a regional specialty? I have never heard of it or seen it mentioned before. How is it usually used?

We started smoking / drying onions because we grew to many of them and wanted to preserve them. We put out samples in tinny cups at the farmers market and we sold out in a few hours.
5 years ago

Michael Cox wrote:Bit over the top Bob - why should he give time to us repeating info that he knows is going to come out in two days time? Chris has already been answering questions in this thread. Also, your post doesn't actually contain a question - just a list of grazing days with no context. What exactly would you be hoping for an answer to? Chris would surely need to know about the state of your pasture, your climate and rainfall, your grazing objectives etc...

I have asked questions if you want to go back and read more than one of my posts. The post you read was a response from something said.

I might of posted a bit over the top. I still see a lot of half way answered questions and a lot of repeating the same stuff over and over with out going into any detail. From the first post...

Chris Stelzer wrote:Yes, High Density Grazing (HDG) is great. However, a lot of people are ALWAYS grazing their livestock at high densities. This leads to a simplification of forage species and compaction of the soil.

has not been elaborated on into any detail. If the details do not come out till sometime Monday than all we are going to read about is the same info over and over.

Even if you grazer every set number of days there are a ton of variables that change between grazings that would make it random. Different temps, amounts of rain, amounts of shade (from trees and sun angle), grazed to a different height, grew to a different height, amount of trampling (how long it takes to recover), and so on. The random items make different grasses or weeds grow at different rates with in the pasture.

I do know one person that grazes before the grass hit's X " because he has issues with pink eye. Because the pastures are always about the same height at grazing time he can eye ball the tonnage and set out padlocks right at the sweet spot every time.

But I do think in the long term I need to stop responding to threads that are leading traffic back to web other websites or that will only exchange details on a time line. When I first posted in this I thought it was going to become a great thread to exchange information between a group of people that had HDG or that were interested in HDG and I was wrong.
5 years ago
So far this year...
day 1. Run cattle
day 25. Run sheep
day 30. Run chickens
day 60 - 70. Run cows or make hay

When we do not run sheep...
day 1. Run cows
day 5. Run chickens
day 30 – 40. Run cows or cut hay

At this point if all you will say is I will tell more on Monday then this thread should be locked until the new info is posted. I understand trying to get people ready for something to come out, but at this point this is to the point of stupidity.
5 years ago
I have done a ton of thinking about this. “This leads to a simplification of forage species and compaction of the soil.” (from first post)

You will get soil compaction at first, but if you can make it into the second year most of the time it will go away on it's own. HDG will build up humus in the soil and with tap root plants will keep compaction at bay.

If you have a hard pan issue HDG will make it show up faster, but if properly taken care of once you should not have any other issues for years if you keep equipment off the land.

Simplification is P^Q / .'. Q They make forge yard sticks that have charts on the back to help with the calculation.
Some forages will not thrive in a HDG setting. There are plenty of grasses and “weeds” that would work great.
5 years ago