Published Feb 1, 2012

Farminar recording available on Profitable Recordkeeping systems and strategies for graziers

By Luke Gran

Last Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 30 folks from around Iowa and 10 from around the nation attended the live online seminar or “Farminar” by Practical Farmers of Iowa. This most recent farminar featured Ryan Herman, a grazier from New Albin, IA and beginning dairy grazier-farmer Joel Winnes, from Waukon, IA.
This discussion focused on:

  1. using excel spreadsheets to plan each month’s grazing rotation.
  2. Tracking income and expenses so you know how much profit (or loss) you had from each animal
  3. fitting in and making time for recordkeeping


Ryan Herman shared his 10 years experience as a beginning farmer, what he would have done differently, he says, was not wait so long to get help and take a holistic management class.


To watch the whole farminar, go to



Supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2010-49400-21843