Greg and Jan Judy of Clark, Missouri run a grazing operation on 1520 acres of leased and owned land. Greg and Jan went from near bankruptcy in 1999 to paying off a 200 acre farm and house in 3 years with custom grazing on leased land and are completely debt free.
Today they own 3 farms and lease 12 farms. Holistic High Density Planned Grazing is used to graze cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers. They also own a 300 head grass genetic cow herd, 200 head hair sheep flock and graze heritage breed pigs. They have started direct marketing grass-fed beef, lamb and pork.
Greg is absolutely convinced that there is no better way to get into the grazing business then to lease some fallow land, employ high density grazing and use other people’s livestock to do it. Since switching from Management Intensive Grazing to Holistic High Density Grazing 7 years ago, the results have been breathtaking.
The Judy’s use no lime, no fertilizer, no seeding, no chemicals, no equipment. The Judy’s focus solely on increasing animal density, trampling plants to form the litter bank, animal performance and long grass recovery periods between grazing. Plant diversity has exploded along with increased grass quantity each successive year combined with increased profit.
Tree cropping practices are used to grow mast crops for livestock and wildlife. By planting native mast producing trees and caring for the trees that are presently growing on the farms, it is a winning combination. Series of swales have been built to capture the rain water and hold it on the farm.
Greg wrote a book in 2001, NO RISK RANCHING, Custom Grazing On Leased Land, which gives a complete breakdown on the methods they used to build their operation from scratch. In 2008 Greg wrote a second book COMEBACK FARMS, Rejuvenating Soils, Pastures and Profits with Livestock Grazing Management. Greg’s new book covers all the methods they use with Holistic High Density Grazing, multi-species grazing, grass finishing animals, eliminating costly inputs.
Greg has given numerous talks and schools all over the United States on the benefits of Holistic High Density Planned Grazing, leasing land, multi-species grazing, custom grazing and wildlife management. The Judy’s hold Holistic High Density Grazing Schools at their farms teaching the principles of HHDG. Greg does consultant work for other people interested in setting up HHDG grazing systems. Greg quit his off farm job in 2009 and is now a full time rancher. Learn more about the Judy’s at greenpasturesfarm.net.