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"In an era of growing concerns about our food, Gene Logsdon offers a practical way to steer American agriculture in a direction that ensures a livelihood for family farmers, takes care of the land, and provides fresh, healthy food for all. Over the years, industrial farming methods and grain-based livestock operations have led to the decline of family farm agriculture. All Flesh is Grass is a how-to manifesto for family farmers and food activists alike committed to taking back control of our food and farms."
Willie Nelson, President and Founder, "Farm Aid""

"All Flesh is Grass explains the immense benefits of taking our livestock out of the feedlots and raising them in a natural setting on their native diets. It's all there: the history, the politics, the practices, and the passion."
Jo Robinson, creator of www.eatwild.com"

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Gene Logsdon is the author of more than twenty books on farming and rural life. He and his wife, Carol, live near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good specifics on pasture 28 July 2006
By William J. Pardee - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked Logsdon't specifics on the effects of different kinds of pasture. I think he misses an important opportunity with his unstructured grazing--See Joel Salatin's Salad Bar Beef for balance. The intense management of grazing (Salatin) makes a more sanitary environment and eliminates the need for antibiotics. Salatin is indifferent to the choices of grass variety on which Logsdon devotes so much time. The two authors provide complementary perspectives, including different details. Logsdon discusses fencing in some detail--I share his reluctance to depend on electric fence for boundaries-Salatin dismisses it and goes all electric. Both authors are persuasive advocates for grass fed beef.
49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grass-Fed is Best 26 Sept. 2004
By John Langlois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Gene Logsdon understands what farming should have always been and still could be. The book is very focused on the cumulative health benefits that come from feeding the soil, the plants, the animals and you. He has little patience with agribusiness and is not afraid to name names.

This book is a "must have" for those new to farm ownership. Pratical matters such as "cattle panels verses woven-wire fences" and stock ponds are presented in ways that integrate the farm into healthy cycles of growth and rest.

A stronger section on the health benefits of raw milk would have made the section on milk and dairy from grass-fed cows more complete. But not even Gene can be expected to discuss everything.

Buy it and give it to your closest farming friends.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will stir up your passion... 25 Aug. 2005
By Wabi Sabi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A compelling look at the benefits and solid argument for pasture farming. Skillfully written as if you were engaged in a friendly dialogue with an old friend, you are provided with more than an armfull of knowledge to guide you down the path of true agrarianism with respect to livestock and crop farming. I came away with a clearer sense of the merits of adhering to the natural cycle and relationship between the earth and the farmer. Most importantly, I came away with the notion that farming is best when the farmer provides an environment where the animals can work for themselves - it is more environmentally-friendly, more productive and more economical.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Flesh Is Grass by Gene Logsdon 17 Mar. 2011
By David G - Published on Amazon.com
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All Flesh Is Grass by Gene Logsdon

This book is a must read/own for anyone considering grass farming (pasture based livestock). In the book he discusses:

How to set up a rotation of pastures
Which plants he prefers and ones that will do well in other climates
How to graze the pastures
What problems specific pastures (plant type) might pose to livestock
How to cut pastures for hay and silage
How to seed pastures with the minimum of equipment
How to divide permanent pastures and temporary pastures (used for gardens, hay making, growing grains, etc.)
How to build and maintain fences
Stocking rates for animals (though this varies by region and quality of the soil)
What plants to avoid in your pastures
Which trees are good on pastures
Good and Bad weeds for grazing
How to make a haystack
How to build a reserve of plant material for winter grazing
How to approach year round grazing with minimal hay or grain feed
And most importantly how to let the animals do most of the work

This book is aimed more at a garden farmer who is trying to maximize self sufficiency than the production minded market/commercial farmer. For commercial farmers who are willing to sacrifice some of the quantity for quality, then this book will work for you too. Most of the discussion is framed around farms in the 5-50 acre range. It is still helpful for those who will have less land for a few animals and is also scalable for farms in the 50-500 acre range. Gene is not anti grain , he just believes in planting it with other crops like clover and letting the animals harvest and feed it to them selves. Instead of 90% grain and 10% pasture he advocates for 80% pasture and 20% grain. Though on his farm he only dedicates about 10% to corn in one of his temporary pastures. This corn he recommends sheep graze first, then hogs, and finally dry cows and draft animals.

What is not covered, and for good reason, is how many animals to stock on how much land for how long in a rotational grazing system. The reason is it will be different fro every farm. Depending on what mix of animals you have, the quality of the soil, how much rain, what plant types and which species of those plants is how you need to base those decisions. That can only be done by the eye of the farmer and knowledge gained from years of experience. For this reason he suggest that someone who wants to get into commercial pastured meat products first start with a small farm and learn the technique, before investing lots of money and learning the hard way.

This book is good for a laugh and knowledge for beginners, as well as a reference to other books and publications on pasture based farming.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Building a pasture; Rotational methods and grains to use 17 Jan. 2010
By Opportunities-Knock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No one interested in building pasture with a minimum of machinery and time investment could do better than a read (and re-read) of Logsdon's book. Coming from one of the deans of sustainable farming, Logsdon concentrates on which grains and methods of rotation are the most efficient and productive for the creation of a good pasture. One important aspect of the book is the treatments given to smaller plots, as Logsdon himself has in Northern Ohio, in such a way as to maximize the length of yearly grazing for a variety of livestock. Logsdon also brings in others with whom he has shared methodologies, reporting on variations in the methodology which, nonetheless, all support a basically non-invasive, non-heavy mechanical approach to pasture health and livestock nutrition. Highly recommended.
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