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Grazing Update – The Grass Harvest

So, our entire farm is being based on perennial grasses, legumes, and other plants that people may consider weeds. These plants feed the cows, hogs, and chickens to some degree and for the cows it is 100% of their diet. Our overall philosophy is that the more greens we can get the animals to eat, the more healthy their meat and eggs will be for our family and our customers. More info in this LINK

Dexter Pair On Pasture

As you can see in this picture of Corretta and her new calf, it doesn't take much to keep the cows in their paddock. The tiny white line that you can see is the electric polywire. Boardering the corn is our perirmeter high tensile fence. In the distance you can see the other calf "creep feeding" by going under the portable fence to find grass.

Our livestock management is then focused on getting all the animals to consume as much pasture as possible. They are actually harvesting our crop for us rather than us using a combine, tractors, and trucks to harvest and haul the crop to the animals to be eaten. The most efficient way that we have found for the cattle to harvest our pasture and actually enhance the pasture rather than damage it is to move them every single day to a new paddock or piece of the pasture. We do this with a single strand of electric polywire that can be wound on a reel and set up with temporary step-in posts.

This type of grazing is called Management Intensive Grazing or MiG. Because our pasture is very new our stocking rate is not as good as it will be in the coming years. We have plenty of bare ground that is waiting for the right conditions and seed to come it’s way so that it can produce more forage. For now though we are staying pretty consistent with our paddock sizes each day. It’s working out that the cows are on about 1/8 of an acre per day. This is 4 cows, 2 yearlings, and 1 calf that is just starting to eat some grass. I’d say that this equals a little over 5 cow units or about 0.02 acres/cow/day. This isn’t much land per cow but then again this is only for one day.

I understand that this may seem a little confusing or like useless information but with these numbers we can see that over a 30 day rotation we are going to need about 3.57 acres. 30 days is the most often recommended rest period for pasture but we’re raising that to at least 60 days considering that we just planted our pasture this spring. This should give the forages plenty of time to develop root systems that will help them survive grazing and the winter freeze.

Hopefully every year our pasture space needed for each cow will decrease as our forage quality increases this should allow us to produce quite a bit of beef on our meager 10 acres.

* Keep in mind that our adult cows are only about 750lb Dexters, not 1200lb commercial cattle.

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