About the Author
My name is Karin. I am a range nerd, aspiring regenerative farmer, bovine enthusiast, and forage and grazing fanatic. Forages and grazing management are my specialty. Soil health is also a growing passion of mine.
I grew up on a mixed farm in "Northern" Alberta, Canada, where we backgrounded stocker steers (feeding them between being weaned from a cow-calf operation to being sold to the feedlot), grew feed barley and cash-crop canola, as well as hay and silage for the steers to feed during the winter. In summer, these steers were pastured. I was primarily involved in the cattle enterprise of the farm. The farm has changed significantly since my father passed away back in December 2007; going from a cattle-centred operation to a leased cropping enterprise. Lord willing, I would love to go back there again, but never to make it the way it was the way my late father had it.
I graduated in 2015 a BSc in Agriculture, majoring in Animal Science (with an unofficial minor in forages, rangeland, and pasture management) from the University of Alberta. I have worked at a mixed-practice veterinary clinic as general help, at a farm and ranch supply store as customer service, and for the U of A both with the rangeland research team and the soil and crop research team as a research assistant. I currently work as a forage extension specialist as a source of information and consultation for farmers and ranchers.
In the last couple years, I have been becoming more and more involved and knowledgeable about regenerative agriculture and Holistic Management. I am becoming ever thankful that I found these wonderful ways of raising food and taking care of the land.
About the Practicum
This is no ordinary agricultural blog! Of course this is a blog from someone who, as you just read, grew up on a farm, and certainly hopes and prays to get back to the land again.
Normally an agricultural blog is a place where a farmer or rancher posts regularly about their adventures, from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. I'm not one of those folks, even though I'm still actively involved in agriculture with my current job.
So why have a blog if I'm not a farmer in the first place? For one, I love to write about agriculture, cattle, rangelands, plants, the soil... when the mood strikes, of course. For another, when I write, I do it to educate others about those very subjects that I am so passionate about. I think that's what makes and awesome blog, don't you agree?
A while ago someone in some discussion forum somewhere in the Internet had challenged me to think about what my target audience is. From where I had started on the Blogger platform, I feel this blog has evolved from one that was solely as an information source for the average Jane or Joe, to something much more than that.
The Bovine Practicum has become a kind of campaign, a call to action, and a source of hope, inspiration, empowerment, and awareness of both the degenerative practices that have been in place in agriculture for far too long, and to the regenerative practices that have been proven on multiple farms to be healing to the land, and good for the farmers and for the animals.
It still is that source of information that I had intended, but instead of being for just the average Joe and Jane, it is for every single person on this planet, for both farmers and for non-farmers. That's why I've created the Ruminations Blog. But, the more that part of the site has filled out its feathers, I thought I would add on yet another blog called Keeping & Raising Cows Blog, specially dedicated for those farmers and ranchers that I love to get information from and share knowledge with.
The main purpose of this whole site, however, is to empower, enlighten, inspire, educate, and encourage. I hope that you learn something new, and garner the kind of encouragement and enthusiasm to see things differently than you thought you could before.
Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Copyright © 2019. Karin L.