Greg Judy runs a profitable, managed grazing operation at Green Pastures Farm. He uses pasture stockpiling so his livestock collect their own winter feed. Known by many as The Grass Whisperer, Judy manages his pastures for healthy soils, drought resistance and diversified forage. His ruminants improve land, soil and water quality without the use of fossil fuels.
Judy views himself as a “steward of the land and the animals.” Green Pastures Farm does not own a tractor. Judy described livestock in feedlots as “fossil fuel consumers.” Feedlot meat producers use fuels to plant, fertilize, harvest and transport corn, soybeans and other feed. They use more fuel to remove and spread animal manure.
Diversity matters to Judy. He values livestock, plant, wildlife AND soil species diversity. He said, “For every new species you welcome to your farm, you make room for eight more.” Judy views an ecosystem like a spider web. Remove any strand and you weaken the whole web. He welcomes spiders in his fields; to Judy, that means his ecosystems are healthy. [Learn more here.]