Grazing management is crucial to the success of any farming operation. Having a grazing plan can help you make the most of your livestock’s capacity to use what your pasture grows, which can foster healthier soils that hold more water and are resilient to drought, as well as improved animal performance.
One type of grazing management plan is rotational grazing, which allows cattle to graze your range in a more even manner, and gives grasses a period of rest.
With rotational grazing you may train your cattle to remain together as a single herd, or you may divide them into a couple of herds, depending on your land’s resources and the season. The objective is to keep the cattle together and let them graze as a group instead of allowing them spread out across your ranch. Some ranchers ride horseback for portions of a day, every few days, to keep the cattle together and moving along.
Doing this can foster the herding instinct in your livestock and get them in the habit of staying together, as long as they have feed and water, and remaining in a particular area until the resources there are consumed. This can help you to control their impact on your overall pasture.
Without a grazing plan, depending on the size of your farm, you could spend large portions of your day checking on cattle that have dispersed over thousands of acres. But with such a grazing system you can have oversight of every animal, which can ultimately require less time and resources.
Other Benefits of a Grazing Management Plan
Every aspect of your farm operation can benefit from a grazing plan. Good grazing management can improve your overall forage production and your efficiency in harvesting forage. This can result in improved animal performance, which can ultimately mean bigger returns for you.
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